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Rugby | Vodacom Cup

Willie le Roux © Gallo Images

Cavaliers thrash Welwitschias



Fullback Willie le Roux notched a personal tally of 26 points as Boland thrashed the Welwitschias 71-33 (halftime 31-19) in their Vodacom Cup match at the Boland Stadium on Friday.

The contest was initially so one-sided that Boland notched their bonus point-try inside the first 21 minutes.

Their backs played some delightful rugby, with flyhalf Elgar Watts, wing Brendon April and Le Roux particularly impressive.

Franzel September was also industrious on the flank and opened the home side’s try-scoring in the third minute.

Boland seemed in a rush to get to the bonus point and April finished well after a turnover deep in their own territory and some good work by Watts and lock Jerry Sefoko.

Braam Gerber was the next try-scorer as Boland turned on the heat, with wing Allister Kettledas coming off his wing to play a creative role.

The try that brought up the bonus point was another work of art, with September winning another turnover before Le Roux fed April for his second try.

Unfortunately one got the impression that the bonus point had arrived too soon as Boland’s play seemed to take a dip with the knowledge that they had already achieved their goal and were in a seemingly unassailable position at 24-0 up.

However, there was still almost an hour’s play left and they were punished for taking their foot of the accelerator when Egbertus O’Callaghan scored for the Namibians.

It didn’t take long for Boland to hit back, with Le Roux scoring under the posts after another delightful backline move featuring Kettledas, April and Gerber.

But the Welwitschias ensured that they went into the shed with a fighting chance thanks to two tries inside as many minutes just before halftime.

Flank Renaud van Neel scored after a lineout drive before a superb try that belied the team’s modest season. Fullback Justin Nel launched an attack from inside his own 22-metre area, chipped, gathered and passed to wing Llewellyn Winkler for a magnificent try.

Flyhalf Chrysander Botha slotted his second conversion of the afternoon and suddenly it was a different ball game.

Normal service was resumed in the second half as Boland piled on the pressure. They stretched their lead with Le Roux’s second try in the 47th minute and then captain Zandré Jordaan and Watts also got in on the act.

The visitors were able to salvage a bonus point thanks to a try by flank Tinus du Plessis in the 68th minute, but by then the only question was by how many points Boland would win.

Boland scored another three tries in the final 10 minutes, with Jonathan Francke making a good impact off the bench. He even passed up the opportunity of what would have been a remarkable hat-trick inside 10 minutes, preferring to pass the ball to Jordaan for Boland’s final try.

Theuns Kotze had also come on as a substitute to score again for the Namibians six minutes before full-time, but it was of academic value and the visitors were well beaten.

Scorers:

Boland 71 – Tries: Franzel September, Brendon April (2), Braam Gerber, Willie le Roux (2), Zandré Jordaan (2), Elgar Watts, Jonathan Francke (2). Conversions: Le Roux (8).

Welwitschias 33 – Tries: Egbertus O’Callaghan, Renaud van Neel, Llewellyn Winkler, Tinus du Plessis, Theuns Kotze. Conversions: Chrysander Botha (3), Kotze.

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