The First Division in South Africa's domestic provincial competitions is essentially still a two horse race, as the Boland Cavaliers and EP Kings stamped their authority on the competition with two more big wins.
After struggling in the first half against the Falcons at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on Friday, the Cavaliers raced away in the second 40 minutes, turning a 13-3 lead at half-time into a comfortable victory by 52-10. They scored seven tries in the process.
Also on Friday, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the EP Kings were simply too good for the Griffons. The home team scored 11 tries, including a hat-trick by Marcello Sampson, as they cruised the Northern Free Staters by 67-26.
In the final First Division game, also on Friday, the SWD Eagles beat the Border Bulldogs by 46-35 in yet another high scoring match, at Outeniqua Park in George. Both teams recorded try scoring bonus points.
Weekend results and scorers:
Boland Cavaliers 52-10 Falcons
For the Boland Cavaliers:
Tries: Cornal Hendricks 2, Elgar Watts, Danwel Demas, Jonathan Francke, Willie le Roux, Brendon April
Cons: Le Roux 4
Pens: Watts, Le Roux 2
For the Falcons:
Try: Kyle Hendricks
Con: Chanley Williams
EP Kings 67-26 Griffons:
For the EP Kings:
Tries: SP Marais, Norman Nelson 2, Siyanda Grey, Jaco Bekker 2, Marcello Sampson 3, Falie Oelschig, Luke Watson
Cons: George Whitehead 6
For the Griffons:
Tries: Ricardo Petersen, Enrico Schultz, Nicky Steyn, Tertius Maarman
Cons: Tiaan van Wyk 2, Jannie Myburgh
SWD Eagles 46-35 Border Bulldogs:
For the SWD Eagles:
Tries: Martin Ferreira, Lyndon Hartnick, Jeffrey Taljard, Howard Noble 2, Eric Coetzee
Cons: Fires van Vuuren 5
Pens: Van Vuuren 2
For the Border Bulldogs:
Tries: Vuyo Mboto, Matthew Taljard, Chumani Booi, Ben Venter
Cons: Dale Sabbagh 3
Pens: Sabbagh 3
Standings (under heading game played, won and points): Boland Cavaliers 3 3 15; Eastern Province Kings 3 3 14; SWD Eagles 2 1 5; Falcons 2 1 5; Griffons 3 0 2; Border Bulldogs 3 0 1.
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