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Cavaliers face Eagles in Wellington

The Boland Cavaliers will be looking to bounce back after a narrow 23-21 loss to Western Province in a Supersport Rugby Challenge encounter that took place at the Newlands Rugby Stadium last Saturday.

The Cavaliers have their sights set on another Western Cape derby as they’ll be facing the SWD Eagles at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on Saturday. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 14:00.

The Cavaliers were unfortunate not to record a win against WP, losing through a late penalty kick in the last few minutes of the match. Even though WP were clinical in their performance, especially during the first half, the visiting Cavaliers showed massive character by clawing their way back into the match after trailing 15-0 at half-time.

Just as victory seemed certain for WP supporters, Boland drew first blood early in the second half when blind side flanker Ludio Williams crossed the try line, converted by fullback Jacquin Jansen.

WP wing Edwill van der Merwe scored an unconverted try in the 52nd minute, but Boland reacted with a try through scrum-half Jovelian de Koker in the 57th minute. Replacement flyhalf Elgar Watts converted De Koker’s try to narrow the gap to just six points (20-14).

Boland continued to dominate most of the second half and finally got their noses in front when left wing Valentino Wellman scored in the 72nd minute. Watts slotted the conversion to make the score 20-21 in favour of the Cavaliers.

Even though they lost, Boland can take a lot of positives into their upcoming match with the SWD Eagles. With no lack of effort from the players and a clearly well-executed game plan, better composure in both halves of the match should see the team challenge SWD for the second spot on the Southern section of the Supersport Rugby Challenge log (behind Western Province).

Programme for Saturday, Boland Stadium, Wellington: 11:30: Hamlet vs Piketberg; 14:00: Boland Cavaliers vs SWD Eagles.

Gates open at 11:00. Tickets available on the day (at the gate) or online at: www.webtickets.co.za.

Road closures: A section of Fontein Street in Wellington (between Willem Basson Street and Burg Street) will be closed off by law enforcement officials on Saturday 12 May from 10:00 to 16:00 for access control and to control the flow of traffic in front of the Boland Stadium.

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