Boland beat Border Bulldogs
The visiting Boland team beat the Border Bulldogs 37-12 in an Absa Currie Cup Qualifying match at Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday. The halftime score was 22-5 in Boland’s favour.
With Border Rugby going through a difficult stage at present with reports of money disappearing and players not being paid, it was a rather amateur side that represented Border in a match they could ill afford to lose after losing their opening game against Griquas in Kimberley 52-5.
The home side conceded a penalty as early as the fourth minute and thereafter it was a battle keeping up with the fitter Boland players while the referee was particularly strict with penalties being given left, right and centre.
In the sixth minute after some sparring between the two teams like boxers at the beginning of a bout, Boland flank Franzel September scored from a lineout in the left corner and fullback Eric Zana converted.
Eight minutes later their left wing Harlon Claassen succeeded with a try but Zana missed an easy conversion. Border replied soon after when tight-head prop Johannes Jonker barged over for a try. Fullback Masixole Banda missed the conversion.
In the 23rd minute September, who was playing well, scored his second try and again Zana missed the conversion.
Just before halftime Border eighthman Reynardt van Wyk was sent to the sinbin for rough play.
Moments later Boland succeeded with their fourth try, a combined effort by the forwards with prop Martin Dreyer barging over. Zana missed the conversion once again with the Border wing charging him as he kicked.
After 15 minutes of the second half Zana was on target with the first successful penalty of the match. And seven minutes later Zana was again in action with a beautiful solo act. He caught the ball, chipped over the Border defence to collect and dive over in a wonderful display. He converted his own try and Border were sitting pretty with a 32-5 lead.
Then Boland added to their score when centre Arno Fortuin sprinted away for a fine try, but Zana missed the conversion.
Right on fulltime Border reserve prop Yanga Xakalashe received the ball and barged his way over the line. Fullbank Banda converted.
Border’s one evident weakness was the number of knock-ons they made. They will need to work hard on this aspect of their game before their next match.
Border: Tries: Johannes Jonker, Yanga Xakalashe. Conversion: Masixole Banda
Boland: Tries: Harlon Claassen, Franzel September (2), Eric Zana, Arno Fortuin, Martin Dreyer. Conversions: Eric Zana (2). Penalty: Zana.