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Rugby | Absa Currie Cup

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Valke fight back to beat Border



The Valke overturned a 21-point deficit on their way to a 54-40 (halftime 12-26) win over the Border Bulldogs in their Absa Currie Cup Premier Division qualifier at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Saturday.

The hosts found themselves trailing 33-12 after the first minute of the second half but they went on a rampage as they scored 28 unanswered points to seal the victory.

The hosts ran in eight tries to clinch their second win of the season while the unfortunate Bulldogs, who scored six tries of their own, are yet to win a match in the competition after three consecutive losses.

Valke fullback Juan Kotze ended the match with 21 points after running in a try and kicking seven conversions.

Border had the best of the first half as they reached halftime holding a 26-12 lead thanks to tries from lock Gareth Krause, a brace from flyhalf Thembani Mkokeli and left wing Lindani Ndelela as they secured a bonus point for scoring four tries in the last minute of the half.

Lock Wayne Lemley crashed over for a try within 44 seconds of the restart before the Valke finally launched their fightback.

Left wing Grant Jancke streaked over for a try three minutes into the half before Kotze, scrumhalf Anrich Richter, flank Tobie Verwey, right wing Coert Cronje and replacement wing Etienne Taljaard all dotted down for the home team.

The Bulldogs only added one more try to their total with replacement pivot Oliver Zono grabbing a consolation try with six minutes left in the game.

SCORERS

Valke – Tries: Chris Richardson, Cecil Dumond, Grant Jancke, Juan Kotze, Anrich Richter, Tobie Verwey, Coert Cronje, Etienne Taljaard; Conversions: Kotze (7).

Border Bulldogs - Gareth Krause, Thembani Mkokeli (2), Lindani Ndelela, Wayne Lemley, Oliver Zono; Conversions: Masixole Banda (5).

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