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Kings are 1st princesses

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 14 Oct 2011 at 18:34

The Regent Boland Cavaliers are the 2011 Currie Cup First Division champions after romping to a 43-12 (halftime 13-7) win over the Eastern Province Kings in a completely one-sided final played at Boland Stadium in Wellington on Friday afternoon.

SA Rugby reports that the top two sides in the competition met at the same ground just a few weeks ago and on that occasion it was the Cavaliers who claimed a 49-15 win.

Finals rugby is supposed to be a completely different animal, but apart from a brief period in the first half when the visitors took the lead through an Andile Witbooi try, it was one-way traffic once more for the Cavaliers on a warm and blustery afternoon in the Winelands capital.

Witbooi’s try, scored in the ninth minute, gave the Kings a 7-3 lead after an early penalty from Cavaliers flyhalf Elgar Watts had opened the scoring in what proved to be a rollicking affair played in front of a few thousand spectators.

The young Kings winger’s try, scored in the right-hand corner, came as a result of a great break by stand-in skipper Falie Oelschig, the scrumhalf passing to galloping lock Wayne van Heerden.

Flyhalf Louis Strydom then showed all his experience when, like a skilful golfer using the wind to shape his shot, he hooked his touchline conversion into the north-westerly breeze and then watched it fade across the face of the posts and squeeze through the uprights.

Watts reduced the deficit to a single point on the half hour when he slotted a second penalty, a welcome score given that the Kings had been dominating the collisions and the Cavaliers had found themselves one man down following the yellow-carding of eighthman Zandré Jordaan after 20 minutes.

Particularly impressive carrying the ball up during this period was barnstorming Kings eighthman Jacques Engelbrecht, with tall fullback SP Marais a constant threat on the counter-attack.

However, the Kings inexplicably appeared to punch themselves out at around this point, allowing the Cavaliers to fight their way back into the game as the first half drew to a close, twice being held up over the line when centre Cornal Hendricks and Jordaan seemed certain to score.


The home side did eventually take the lead in injury time, Watts setting up a lineout from a penalty, from which abrasive hooker Clemen Lewis, a well-deserved man of the match, flopped over from the resulting driving maul.

The penalty proved to be a double whammy for the Kings, who lost centre Jaco Bekker to a yellow card in the process for slowing down the Cavaliers’ ball as the hooter went.

The second half was barely seven minutes old when Watts increased the lead to nine points with his third penalty. Particularly impressive was the fact that the flyhalf, the competition’s leading points-scorer by the proverbial country mile, had received a lengthy treatment for what looked like a painful shoulder injury before getting up and slotting the kick.

Thereafter followed a gem of a try to lock Ligtoring Landman right from the restart, with fullback Willie le Roux, as he has done all season, breaking beautifully down the left-hand touchline before passing unselfishly to a storming Landman.

Watts, as you would expect, nailed the acute-angled conversion to leave the Kings 16 points adrift with just half an hour left.

Still, there was no need to panic, and a penalty right in front in the 52nd minute might have reduced the deficit. Instead, Oelschig chose to tap and the opportunity was lost.

The Cavaliers made them pay, left wing Brendon April going over for his team’s third try on the hour to put the matter beyond doubt — and the Kings’ problems compounded by the sin-binning of replacement Bobby Dyer in the build-up after a tip-tackle on Le Roux.

Danwel Demas, the former Bok Sevens winger who has twice in recent weeks scored four tries in a single match, then went over for a brace in the last eight minutes left to bring the house down once again.

“Well played, Boland. We don’t even have a Bryce Lawrence to blame,” quipped a good-natured Kings skipper Oelschig after the match.


Boland Cavaliers 43 – Tries: Clemen Lewis, Ligtoring Landman, Brendon April, Danwel Demas (2), Zandré Jordaan. Conversions: Elgar Watts (2). Penalties: Watts (3).

EP Kings 12 – Tries: Andile Witbooi, Bobby Dyer. Conversion: Louis Strydom.


  • I’ll be missing Megatron’s usual spirited behaviour this week. 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.11 18:35:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Jacques Engelbrecht . . . wasn`t he almost in the Shark setup beginning of this year?

    Oh well, we`ve got more than enough loosies at the moment anyway.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.11 19:00:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) : Engelbrecht was on trial with us during pre season. It came down to choosing either him or Marcell Coetzee for the Super rugby squad. I think the situation worked out very well for all parties involved.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.11 19:39:04 by war1 Reply
  • Yet another face in the slap for the Kings.

    Its like the lower level opponents just hold a hand out and EP do the rest : shake their heads vigorously from side to side.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.11 20:09:26 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : KSAS can you give us the low down and dirty on the promotion/relegation playoff situation. Are there playoffs and if so how are the matchups decided?

    Last year it was a bit screwed up. The regular season table determined who played who so it actually made more sense for the coaches to rest key players ahead of the promotion games rather than risk them in the 1st Div championship games.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.11 20:15:09 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : I may be wrong but I don’t believe there is promotion this year. Bottom two sides get relegated and that is that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.11 20:39:39 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 6) : spot on boet

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.11 20:46:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @beet (Comment 5) : War1 has it spot on.

    Because of the reduction of the Premier Div to only 6 teams in 2012, there will be no promotion relegation.

    Top six stay up bottom 2 drop down.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.11 21:01:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Still no sign of Maggie this morning? 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.11 07:08:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why is Oelschig the stand in Capt. Where is Pukey Lukey? (Pookey Lukey)

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.11 07:09:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : a pitty Boland not getting a chance…

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.10.11 08:51:40 by Franshark Reply
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    I have it on good authority that ‘Pukey’ will return to the Sharks next year! 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.10.11 09:05:14 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : But I thought our kit launderer still had 5 years to go on his contract?

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.10.11 09:07:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : LOL!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.10.11 09:30:08 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : LOL again!! You’re on form today old boy.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.10.11 09:31:57 by klempie Reply

  • BOLAND….Lekker.
    Take a bow Loffie and the team.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.10.11 09:56:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well done Boland! 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.10.11 10:33:06 by Ben Reply
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  • Shame. Megatron must be devastated. Oh well…

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.10.11 14:52:23 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Maybe… just to reward Boland, they will play a couple of promotion/relegation games against the Griquas. Would only be fair.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.10.11 14:54:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :not a chance 🙂

    well done Boland for the win!

    first game we played vs boland in PE we beat them on the return leg in Wellington they beat us as mentioned above, yesterday they beat us again, in PE we had 15 players on the field the whole game, in wellington we had 3 players sent to the bin, yesterday we had 2 carded…

    can’t wait for the next time we play them with a full team.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.10.11 15:10:16 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) :

    You missed your nr. 1 playmaker, Puke Watson.

    He wouldn’t have allowed the other Kings players to waste valuable possession, rather doing it all himself.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.10.11 15:30:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) : Where is Pukey Lukey BTW? (pookie lookie)

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.10.11 16:11:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 21) : you have unresolved issues with luke and it has nothing to do with rugby. 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.10.11 16:33:35 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) :

    I had issues with his game before any of the other things happened.

    Now it’s a bit of both.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.10.11 16:46:29 by hendrikp Reply


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