THE Boland Cavaliers have added four club players to their squad ahead of the 2017 Currie Cup competition.
Following Boland Rugby’s (Grand Challenge) club finals on Saturday, the following players have been added to Boland’s professional squad:
Emile Booysen (Flank; Hillcrest United RFC)
Francois Erasmus (Flank; Darling RFC)
Earl Snyman (Centre; Robertson RFC)
Johannes Stefanus (Centre; Robertson RFC)
In addition to these players the team also secured the services of Valentino Wellman (Utility back; Hamiltons RFC and Western Province) and Kyle Kruger (Prop; UJ and Lions). Both players will join the squad from 1 September.
According to Boland Cavaliers head coach Randall Modiba, these players have been rewarded with a call-up after constant good performances for their respective clubs over the past 2 seasons.
“We are very excited about the inclusion of these players and believe they will make the most of this opportunity,” says Modiba.
“It has always been our plan to reward our top performing club players, while Wellman is a former Boland age group player who we are looking to get back in to the system”.
Snyman and Stefanus both performed well for Robertson RFC during the playoff stages of Boland’s premier club competition, while Booysen was a standout performer for club side Hillcrest United throughout the season.
Erasmus on the other hand impressed for a Boland Invitational XV against the Cavaliers during a warm-up match and was subsequently rewarded for his impressive display during this match.
None of Boland’s 2017 Grand Challenge club champions, Roses United were considered due to the team’s involvement in SARU’s Gold Cup competition taking place in September.
*Former Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks, one of Roses United’s top performance during Boland Rugby’s Grand Challenge play-offs, was involved with the Cavaliers squad during the pre-season. Hendricks recently opted for a move to Eastern Province where he trialled for their Top 12 squad. He’s departure opened the door for other Boland players who came through the club rugby ranks.
The Boland Cavaliers produced a strong second-half performance to trounce the SWD Eagles 51-10 (halftime 22-10) in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge match at the Alfa Street Sports Grounds in Malmesbury on Saturday.
The demolition could have been far worse had Divan Nel, Elgar Watts and Adriaan Carelse brought their kicking boots with as the Cavaliers missed four of their conversion attempts with fullback Nel missing two and flyhalf Watts and replacement fullback Carelse missing one each.
Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Elgar Watts (2), Sergio Torrens, Clinton Theron, Ludio Williams, Charles Mayeza, Edwin Sass, Zandre Jordaan; Conversions: Divan Nel (3), Adriaan Carelse; Penalties: Nel.
SWD Eagles - Try: Dillin Snel; Conversion: Leighton Eksteen; Penalty: Eksteen.
The Boland Cavaliers have announced their team to take on Western Province in a Supersport Rugby Challenge match at the Charles Morkel Stadium in Strand on Saturday 10 June 2017. The match will kick-off at 15:00.
Wayne Wilschut will captain the side in the absence of regular skipper and eighth man Zandré Jordaan, who has been ruled out due to an ankle strain. Wilschut shifts from the side of the scrum to eighth man, with Gareth Cilliers coming into the starting XV at openside flank.
An interesting, but not surprising selection is that of Divan Nel who will start at flyhalf for the Cavaliers. Nel has been in excellent form with the boot in both the Supersport Rugby Challenge (where he has been used at fullback for the Cavaliers) and the Varsity Cup competition this year and his tactical abilities could be the difference in the wet conditions on Saturday.
BOLAND CAVALIERS TEAM:
15. JP Coetzee; 14. Charles Mayeza; 13. Alcino Izaacs; 12. Edwin Sass; 11. Sergio Torrens; 10. Divan Nel; 9. Vian van der Watt; 8. Wayne Wilschut ©; 7. Kenan Cronje; 6. Gareth Cilliers; 5. Rinus Bothma; 4. Marlyn Williams; 3. Clinton Theron; 2. Clemen Lewis; 1. Arnout Malherbe.
16. Chadley Wenn; 17. Linda Thwala; 18. Yves Bashiya; 19. Ludio Williams; 20. Jovelian de Koker; 21. Elgar Watts; 22. Gerhard van Wyk