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Emotional moment for Van Zyl

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams on 16 Oct 2008 at 22:38

It will be an emotional moment for Boland captain Piet van Zyl when he leads the Cavaliers on to the field here on Friday for the Currie Cup promotion-relegation match against the Griffons.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Van Zyl, 29, confirmed on Thursday that he would be joining three other Boland players in moving to the Free State Cheetahs next year. The others are prop forwards WP Nel and Jean Botha and wing Danwel Demas. Loose forward Dries van Schalkwyk is on his way to the Blue Bulls.

“This will be my 143rd match for Boland,” Van Zyl said. “I’ve been here for seven seasons.”

Van Zyl, who will have Demas alongside him in the starting lineup on Friday, intends playing abroad after next year’s Super 14 competition.

The match against the Griffons may therefore be the last at Boland Stadium for the man who has played in more matches for the Cavaliers than anyone else.

“Most of the players already know what they will be doing next year,” Van Zyl said. “The team will have a very different look. It will be a young team.”

Survival battle

The captain is eager to ensure that the Cavaliers remain in the Premier League. Victory on Friday is extremely important because the survival battle is decided over two matches. The teams also meet at Welkom next week.

The winner will be the one that gains most league points in the two matches. It they tie, the team with the best points difference will play in the Premier League next season.

“This is about possible sponsorships. You can’t market yourself if your games are not shown on television,” Van Zyl said, emphasising the importance of the match for the Boland Rugby Union.

“That we’re playing in a promotion-relegation match shows we were unsuccessful.

“However, I feel the season will be regarded as a success if we ensure Boland play in the Premier League again next year. It is on a knife’s edge.”

Former Boland and Springbok hooker Dale Santon predicts a Boland victory on Friday.

“The Cavaliers are a little like the Springboks. They produce good performances when they have their backs to the wall,” Santon said on Thursday.

“Piet is an experienced captain. The forwards must only do their thing… the Griffons are in for a hiding.”


  • Definitely one of the better non- big4 CC players… never has a bad game… a real workhorse putting his body on the line and some dept hands too…

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.10.08 02:15:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 1) :

    big 4? Who are you excluding from the big 5? 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.10.08 05:14:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 1) : he was in my Fantasy League team 🙂

    Glad to see the Cheetahs’ buying spree is continuing unabated. Gives us more ammo to use against some of their pot-caLLing-keTTle-black suPPorters 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.10.08 07:36:09 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Pretty sad to see Piet go and hope Boland will klap the CheaterB team. Look like a hot day and surely not a lot of mud left. Havent rain now for two weeks.

    Go Booooooooooeeeeeeeland!

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.10.08 07:48:21 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Hehehe well spotted…

    @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    The sort of grafter that still has a good few seasons OS had he chosen too…

    Who is leading the FL… is it over?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.10.08 08:12:55 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 5) : Fattmann, by a whisker. One round still to go

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.10.08 08:25:30 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Dale Santon 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.10.08 08:48:43 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 7) :
    A real legend of the game – if he says Boland will win, then you can bet your house on it.

    Looks a lot like wpw too.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.08 08:54:12 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Good man Piet van Zyl, hope it goes well.
    Do you guys remember the rugby Boland played under Nick Mallet? They always punched way above their weight and entertained big time. I think Dale Santon was part of that team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.10.08 09:20:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) :

    Don’t give Wes a big head… lol…

    Actually I didn’t mind Dale (not that he ever should have been capped) in that typical Uli/Bullet/Fitzy vuilgat hooker mould… he could have been a much better player had he a harder work ethic…

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.10.08 09:45:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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