Currie Cup First Division – Kavaliers, Eagles Cross Swords In Third-round Action


Currie Cup First Division leaders the Sanlam Boland Kavaliers, are playing home in an exciting clash with Phangela SWD Eagles in a third-round fixture in Wellington on Saturday.

The Kavaliers have won both of their games to date - the only team to have done so - which demonstrates how evenly match the competition has been so far.

SWD will have to keep Duren Hoffman, the Boland Kavaliers fullback, as well as playmaker Ashlon Davids in check if they want to stay in the hunt for success in Wellington. The Kavaliers pack have laid a solid platform for their fleet-footed backs to do their magic, and they would want to continue that momentum on Saturday.

A measure of the Kavaliers’ all-round attack can be gauged from the fact that Davids have so far, in just two games, succeeded with nine conversion kicks already, whilst also adding three penalty goals.

EP Elephants will fancy their chances at home in Kariega (formerly Uitenhage) against the visiting Leopards, who in turn would want to redeem themselves after falling short against the Valke last week in Potchefstroom.

The Eastern Cape team will look to Rodney Damons and Jayden Bantom to provide the spark against the Leopards. The pair have so far scored six tries between themselves, three apiece, and they are especially dangerous from broken play. The dependable Rosco Syster have also three tries in the bag from three outings.

The third Saturday afternoon fixture will be staged in Kempton Park, where Valke entertain the Border Bulldogs.

Valke got back to winning ways last week in Potchefstroom and they should run out as favourites against a Border side that has played enterprising rugby so far, but still searching for their first win after two losses.

Match information:

Sanlam Boland Kavaliers vs Phangela SWD Eagles
Date: Saturday, 29 June
Venue: Rooikamp Sports Ground, Ceres
Time: 15h00
Referee: Marius van der Westhuisen

Eastern Province vs Leopards
Date: Saturday, 29 June
Venue: Central Rugby Field, Kariega
Time: 15h00
Referee: Christopher Allison

Valke vs Border Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, 29 June
Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Time: 15h00
Referee: Phumzile Mbwewu