Maiden wins and hat-tricks dominate
FIRST DIVISION WRAP: Welwitschias earned their maiden Currie Cup First Division, while a hat-trick by Leopards No 8 Jeandre Rudolph help his side bag a victory.
The team from Namibia got off to a strong start against Eastern Province in Windhoek as they played their way to a 23-8 lead, which they built on after the break for a 51-25 victory.
In total, they scored six tries, two compliments of wing Johan Tromp, while flyhalf Theuns Kotze kept the scoreboard ticking with his accurate goal-kicking, which earned him six conversions and three penalty goals for a personal total of 21 points.
The visitors tried hard to keep up and their efforts paid off with three second-half tries, but this was only enough to secure them a bonus point from the match.
The Griffons, meanwhile, produced a solid second-half display against the Falcons to secure a 34-19 victory in Vanderbijlpark as they scored five tries to three by the hosts.
The first half was hard-fought as the teams each scored 12 points, but the Welkom side capitalised on their chances in the second half to break away on the scoreboard, while their determination on defence limited the Falcons to scoring only one try after the break. The victory for the Down Touch Griffons means they are the only side to have won both their matches.
In Montagu, a hat-trick by Leopards No.8 Jeandre Rudolph and a brace by replacement back Gene Willemse steered the Potchefstroom side to a valuable 47-26 away win against the Boland Cavaliers in what marked their first win of the season.
The hosts started the clash strongly and took a 19-14 lead at the break, but the solid Leopards defence limited them to one try in the second half, while they found their rhythm on attack to add five tries for a total of seven for the day.
The SWD Eagles delivered a solid performance on attack and defence against the Border Bulldogs in George as they crossed the chalk five times to secure a 41-20 victory, with fullback Leighton Eksteen making a valuable contribution of 21 points thanks to a try, five conversions and two penalty goals.
The win marked SWD’s first of the season, while Border suffered their second defeat in as many games.
Currie First Division Round Two results and scorers:
Welwitschias 51 (23) Eastern Province 25 (8)
Tries: Rohan Kitshoff, Thomasau Roberto Forbes, Johan Tromp 2, Lesley David Klim, Christo Van der Merwe. Cons: Theuns Kotze 6
Pens: Theuns Kotze 3.
Tries: Anele Lungisa, Zingisa April, Ivan Du Preez, Riaan Allister Arends.
Con: Sonwabo Majola.
Pen: Sonwabo Majola.
Falcons 19 (12) Griffons 34 (12)
Tries: Warren Potgieter, Don Mlondoboz, Coert Frederick Cronje.
Cons: Christian Rust, Warren Potgieter.
Tries: Louis Venter, Gaun Kotze, Duan Pretorius, Vuyo Mbotho, Selvyn Davids.
Cons: Duan Pretorius 3.
Pen: Duan Pretorius.
Boland Cavaliers 26 (19) Leopards 47 (14)
Tries: Ludio Williams, Adriaan Carelse, Clemen Lewis, Penalty Try.
Cons: Divan Nel 2, Penalty Conversion.
Tries: Jeandre Rudolph 3, Gene Willemse 2, Bradley Moolman, Schalk Hugo.
Cons: Gerhard Nortier 4, Schalk Hugo 2.
SWD Eagles 41 (28) Border Bulldogs 20 (6)
Tries: Freginald Africa, Janneman Stander 2, Leighton Eksteen, Marlou Van Niekerk.
Cons: Leighton Eksteen 5.
Pens: Leighton Eksteen 2.
Tries: S'bu Ncanywa, Lelethu Gcilitshane.
Cons: Xolela Mbembe Payi 2.
Pens: Bangi Kobese 2.