SuperSport Rugby Challenge: WP get the better of EP Kings, Border Bulldogs beat Cavaliers

BY MARC JACOBSON - APRIL 24, 2017
SuperSport Rugby Challenge: WP get the better of EP Kings, Border Bulldogs beat Cavaliers

Western Province’s resilience won the arm wrestle battle against the Eastern Province Kings at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The match was the curtain-closing showing at the first of five rugby festivals for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, that was held at the ground in Kwazakhele, and both sides certainly sweated it out in a real battle of attrition.

A fully seated stadium and the well-supported game saw both the EP Kings and WP score in tandem throughout the match in a real hard-fought encounter – testing the depths of both unions, due to their first-choice squads playing the Super Rugby trade.

It was WP, however, who eventually held off EP’s onslaught enough for an exuberant two-try advantage victory, achieved at the final stages of the game, winning it 30-18.

EP however got the better spoils in the first half, leading 13-10 at the break with tries from centre Siyanda Grey and scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer.

Grey was then yellow-carded early in the second 40, which WP advantaged for, as they levelled the scores 13-13.

In Grey’s 10 minutes off, both sides scored a try apiece, but it was WP who added more spice later in the game to win it by enough points to even prevent the Kings from getting a losing bonus point.

Pre-requisite to the final game, the Border Bulldogs snatched a 28-25 over the Boland Cavaliers after trailling 20-7 at one stage of the match.

In the club rugby match-up starting off the day, the PE Harlequins beat the African Bombers 45-34 in a high-scoring affair.