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Tusker Simba XV set to bring on big guns for battle at Newlands

Last Saturday the Boland Cavaliers outscored the Simbas four tries to three to record a 24-19 (half-time 17-5) victory at City Park


COACH Jerome Paarwater has now given opportunity to virtually everyone in the Tusker Simba XV to have a game in the Vodacom Cup and in the remaining three matches he will probably throw in everything to finish on a high.

What was practically his second string had a strong second half before going down 19-25 to Boland Cavaliers at City Park Stadium, Cape Town on Saturday. Cavaliers were the only team in the “Southern Section” without a win before Saturday and Paarwater had the perfect opportunity to give starts to more players.

But this weekend, the going threatens to be quite tough for the Kenyans who face Western Province, a team with three victories and only one loss. Tusker have a victory and two close losses, their only heavy defeat coming on their second match, 7-51 against South Western Districts Eagles.

Expansive Newlands

Tusker Simba XV will this time play Western Province at the expansive Newlands Stadium, home of the Vodacom Super Rugby side DHL Stormers.

Last Saturday  the Boland Cavaliers outscored the Simbas four tries to three to record a 24-19 (half-time 17-5) victory at City Park.

Eighth man Martin Owila Omondi scored for the Kenyans within the first five minutes but his fly half Eden Agero could not add the extras. Omondi ‘s opposite number Conway Pretorius, drew the two teams level by scoring a try barely five minutes later. Fullback Eric Zana missed his conversion attempt and the teams remained evenly matched.

Start of a blitz

This was to be the start of a blitz by the Cavaliers as Conway completed his hat trick by scoring twice more with Zana adding one conversion in less than fifteen minutes.

Things only got worse for the Kenyans as prop Moses Amusala was shown a yellow card after 30 minutes of play. Luckily for the Simbas they did not concede any points in the ensuing period and the halftime score was 17-5 in favour of the visitors.

The Simbas must have had a stern talking to from Paarwater during the break as they came out firing with winger Dennis Muhanji scoring just three minutes into the half.

Replacement back Darwin Mukidza converted and suddenly the Kenyans were within striking distance again. Flank Davis Chenge scored to make it 17-17 and Mukidza gave the Simba XV the lead for the first time since the tenth minute with his conversion.

Replacements

Going into the final quarter Boland were trailing 19-17 and four replacements were sent on with the aim of securing the victory.

The game was evenly balanced and looking for someone to be a hero and Zana happily obliged for the Cavaliers. He scored and converted his own try to give the Boland the lead and eventually the vital win.

Both teams will need to improve significantly as they face seriously difficult opponents in their coming matches. Boland host the Sharks in Ceres while the Simba XV face WP at Newlands next weekend, which means preparations in the coming week will be vital.

The Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks XV remain the only two unbeaten teams in the Vodacom Cup competition as they powered their way to their fourth successive victories last weekend, while GWK Griquas suffered their first defeat of the season.

Bonus points

The round also proved significant for the Regent Boland Cavaliers and the Valke, who registered their first victories in the series.

In the opening match on Friday, DHL Western Province successfully built on their win against the EP Kings last week by securing a 29-16 win and their second bonus-point victory of the season against the Border Bulldogs at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London.

The team ran in five tries, two of which were by No.8 Rayn Smid, to only one by the hosts, while their effective defence limited the Bulldogs to only a penalty in the second half.

North section log leaders, the Steval Pumas, meanwhile, took advantage of GWK Griquas’ indiscipline for their 25-16 victory in Nelspruit.

From outset

GWK Griquas outscored the hosts two tries to one, but six penalties by Steval Pumas fly half JC Roos earned them the victory. In total Roos kicked 20 of his team’s 25 points.

The Cell C Sharks XV dominated from the outset against the SWD Eagles at Growthpoint Kings Park for their 27-10 win, with Tim Swiel and Monde Hadebe crossing the try line in the first 24 minutes for a 14-0 lead.

Eagles No8 Alwyn Bester reduced the deficit by crashing over the try line on the stroke of half time, but the Sharks held their composure and scored their third try of the match in the second half, while Swiel kept the scoreboard ticking with the boot to shut out the Eagles.

The Valke were emphatic in their dominance against the winless Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in Sasolburg with the side touching down 11 tries in the 80 minutes for their 65-14 victory.

Seven tries

The first half was competitive as the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls scored two tries to the Valke’s four to trail only 24-14. But the hosts took full control of proceedings after the break and added an impressive seven tries to push their score over the 60-point mark.

In contrast, the Vodacom Blue Bulls had to work hard for their 32-26 victory against the Leopards XV in Leeudoringstad after trailing 13-6 at half time.

After managing only two penalties before the break, the Vodacom Blue Bulls surprised their hosts with a strong fight-back in the third quarter in which they scored a brace of four tries to snatch a bonus-point victory and their first away win of the season.

The edge

In Johannesburg, the Lions had to fight for their 40-37 victory against the Down Touch Griffons at the Bill Jardine Stadium as the teams were neck-on-neck for most of the match.

At half time the Lions led only 19-17, but the team’s six tries to only five by the visitors handed them an edge.

Lions No8 Ruaan Lerm scored two tries for his team, while Down Touch Griffons loose forwards Martin Sithole and Nicky Steyn earned two apiece for their team.

The Toyota Free State XV, meanwhile, bounced back strongly from their heartbreaking 23-22 defeat against the Cell C Sharks XV with a scintillating performance to outplay the EP Kings 31-3 in Cradock.

Denying the Kings

The Toyota Free State XV led only 10-3 at half time, but they dominated in the second half to secure their bonus point for four tries, while denying the EP Kings a single point.

Replacement back Alvin Brandt scored two of the team’s tries, with centre Nicolaas Lee and lock Teboho Mohoje touching down for the other two.

All the Scorers:

Border Bulldogs 16 (13) DHL Western Province 29 (17)

Border Bulldogs – Try: Mario Noordman. Conversion: Jeff Taljard. Penalty goals: Jeff Taljard (2), Niell Jacobs.
DHL Western Province – Tries: Adrian Roberts, Devon Williams, JP Lewis, and Rayn Smid (2). Conversions: Adrian Roberts, Gary Van Aswegen.

Steval Pumas 25 (16) GWK Griquas 16 (6)

Steval Pumas – Try: Corne Steenkamp. Conversion: JC Roos. Penalties: JC Roos (6).
GWK Griquas – Tries: Gouws Prinsloo, Marnus Schoeman. Penalty goals: Jacquin Jansen (2).

Cell C Sharks XV 27 (17) SWD Eagles 10 (7)

Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Monde Hadebe, Neil Maritz, Tim Swiel. Conversions: Tim Swiel (3). Penalty goals: Tim Swiel (2).
SWD Eagles – Try: Alwyn Bester. Conversion: Karlo Aspeling. Penalty goal: Karlo Aspeling.

Valke 65 (24) Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 14 (14)

Valke – Tries: Andrew van Wyk, Anrich Richter, Coert Cronje (2), Jacques Verwey (3), Lukhanyo Am, Sandile Ngcobo (2), and Vince Gwavu. Conversions: Angus Cleophas (2), Kyle Hendricks (3).
Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Koning Janse van Rensburg, Thulani Mathonsi. Conversions: Andy Huysamen (2).

Leopards XV 26 (13) Vodacom Blue Bulls 32 (6)

Leopards XV – Tries: George Tossel, Gerhard Nortier, and SJ Niemand. Conversion: Gerhard Nortier. Penalty goal: Gerhard Nortier. Drop goals: Gerhard Nortier, Justin Botha.
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Reniel Hugo, Sampie Mastriet, Sidney Tobias, William Small-Smith. Conversions: Jesse Kriel (2), Joshua Stander. Penalty goals: Louis Fouche (2).

Tusker Simba XV 19 (5) Regent Boland Cavaliers 24 (17)

Tusker Simba XV – Tries: Davis Chenge, Dennis Osinde, and Martin Omondi. Conversions: Darwin Mukidza, Eden K’Ochieng’.
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Conway Pretorius (3), Eric Zana. Conversions: Eric Zana (2).

Golden Lions 40 (19) Down Touch Griffons 37 (17)

Golden Lions – Tries: JR Esterhuizen, Lourens Erasmus, Ruaan Lerm (2), Sipha Qinisile, Thabo Mabuza. Conversions: Willie du Plessis (5).
Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Martin Sithole (2), Nicky Steyn (2), and Willmar Groenewald. Conversions: Franna du Toit, Louis Strydom (2). Penalty goals: Louis Strydom (2).

EP Kings 3 (3) Toyota Free State 31 (10)

EP Kings – Penalty goal: George Whitehead.
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Alvin Brandt (2), Nicolaas Lee, and Teboho Mohoje. Conversions: Niel Marais (4). Penalty goal: Niel Marais.

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2014 Vodacom Cup

Tusker Simba XV

V Boland Cavaliers:

Saturday, March 29

15. Tony ONYANGO (Strathmore University)

14. Cyprian KUTO (Strathmore University)

13. Leonard MUGAISI (Homeboyz)

12. Austin GUMO (Homeboyz)

11. Dennis Muhanji  OSINDE (Harlequins)

10. Eden Agero K’OCHIENG’ (Harlequins)

9. Robert ARINGO (Impala)

1. Moses AMUSALA (KCB)

2. Edward OSEKO (Harlequins)

3. Duncan MWANGI (Impala)

4. Wilson K’OPONDO, captain (Harlequins)

5. Emmanuel MAVALA (Homeboyz)

6. Brian NYIKULI (Strathmore University)

7. Davis CHENGE (Western Bulls)

8. Martin Owila OMONDI (Nakuru)

Replacements:

16. Maxwell Adaka KANGU (Harlequins)

17. Curtis LILAKO (KCB)

18. Oliver MANG’ENI (KCB)

19. Michael OKOMBE (Nakuru)

20. Edwin ACHAYO (Harlequins)

21. Isaac ADIMO (Harlequins)

22. Darwin MUKIDZA (KCB)

STANDINGS:

TEAM P W PTS
NORTH SECTION
Pumas 4 4 17
Golden Lions 4 3 14
GWK Griquas 4 3 13
Leopards XV 4 2 12
Blue Bulls 4 2 11
Valke 4 1 7
Griffons 4 1 7
Limpopo Blue Bulls 4 0 0
SOUTH SECTION
Sharks XV 4 4 17
Free State XV 4 3 16
Western Province 4 3 14
SWD 4 2 12
EP Kings 4 1 6
Tusker Simba XV 4 1 6
Boland Cavaliers 4 1 5
Border 4 1 4

FIXTURES:

Friday, April 04 2014 (South African time)

15:00 – Blue Bulls v Valke
Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria

18:30 – Griffons vs Leopards XV
North West Stadium, Welkom

19:00 – SWD v EP Kings
Outeniqua Park, George

Saturday, April 05 2014

12:40 – Free State XV v Border
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

14:00 – GWK Griquas v Golden Lions
GWK Park, Kimberley

15:00 – Limpopo Blue Bulls v Pumas
New Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

16:00 – Boland Cavaliers v Sharks XV
Ceres

16:30 – Western Province v Tusker Simba XV
DHL Newlands, Cape Town

 – Additional reporting by sarugby.net, KRU