THE Boland Cavaliers have named their team to take on Eastern Province in the team’s first match of the 2017 Currie Cup First Division competition.
Regular Boland skipper Zandré Jordaan will lead the team at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, with right wing Charlie Mayeza named as vice-captain.
A notable selection to the run-on XV is that of Divan Nel in the flyhalf position. The pivot has been in great form with the boot throughout the season, having racked up the points for UJ in the Varsity Cup competition earlier this year. Nel has been utilised mostly in the fullback position for the Cavaliers during the Supersport Rugby Challenge.
Another Varsity Cup star Chris Massyn will debut for the Cavaliers from the reserves bench. Massyn lead Tuks to Varsity Cup glory in 2017.
CURRIE CUP FIRST DIVISION
vs Eastern Province
Saturday 26 August 2017
Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Boland Cavaliers team:
15. Adriaan Carelse; 14. Charles Mayeza (v/c); 13. Sergio Torrens; 12. Edwin Sass; 11. Gerrit van Wyk; 10. Divan Nel; 9. Vian van der Watt; 8. Zandré Jordaan (c); 7. Ludio Williams; 6. Chaney Willemse; 5. Rinus Bothma; 4. Marlyn Williams; 3. Clinton Theron; 2. Chadley Wenn; 1. Arnout Malherbe.
Reserves: 16. Francois Esterhuyzen; 17. Linda Thwala; 18. Yves Bashiya; 19. Chris Massyn; 20. Gareth Cilliers; 21. Jovelian de Koker; 22. Alcino Izaacs.
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.