Border stun Boland in First Division

The Border Bulldogs beat the Boland Cavaliers 24-17, while the Leopards and SWD Eagles also won in the Currie Cup First Division on Saturday.

The Bulldogs powered their way to a 17-7 half-time lead in Bredasdorp and earned a bonus-point try in the second half, from fullback Soso Mqalo.  They then worked hard to hold off a determined Cavaliers outfit, who added 10 points to their tally in a late comeback effort.

Meanwhile, the Leopards continued to stamp their authority in the competition, as they stretched their winning run to three matches by beating the EP Elephants 28-21 in Port Elizabeth. The men from Potchefstroom built up a 14-7 half-time lead, with both sides crossing the chalk twice in the second half.

The SWD Eagles were too strong for the Griffons in George as they registered a convincing 32-7 victory. Eagles wing Marlo Weich scored a brace, while flyhalf Divan Nel kept the scoreboard ticking over with three conversions and two penalty goals.

Round 3 results:

Boland Cavaliers (17) – Tries: Clemen Lewis, Wilneth Engelbrecht, Valentino Wellman. Conversion: Quaid Langeveldt.
Border Bulldogs (24) – Tries: Athenkosi Khethani, Athenkosi Manentsa, Lonwabo Ntleki, Soso Mqalo. Conversions: Dilolo Mapuko (2).

EP Elephants (21) – Tries: Diego Williams, Ntabeni Dukisa, Sphu Msutwana. Conversions: Dukisa (2), Henrique Olivier.
Leopards (28) – Tries: Louis van der Westhuizen, Muziwandile Mazibuko, Dean Gordon, Tapiwa Mafura. Conversions: Schalk Hugo (4).

SWD Eagles (32) – Tries: Wayne Wilschut, Vuyo Mbotho, Marlo Weich (2). Conversions: Divan Nel (3). Penalties: Nel (2).
Griffons (7) – Try: Tertius Maarman. Conversion: Heinrich Bitzi.

Photo: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images