The Boland Kavaliers were crowned first division champions when they beat the Leopards 37-13 in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The match could be described as a forgettable one characterised by unforced errors and uninspiring conservatism. Twelve penalties, 11 handling errors, and 16 turnovers were recorded in the first half alone, which ended in a 9-6 scoreline to the visitors.
The first 40 also saw a disallowed try by both teams, with the Leopards throwing a forward pass en route to the tryline and the Boland chasers guilty of being in front of Dewey Swartbooi when he put a kick through to set up his wingers.
The second period began on a more promising note, with Boland flyhalf Jacques Schutte launching a monster drop goal from his own 10 metre line. This got the ball rolling for the men from the Cape, with Rayno Bemjamin scoring the game’s opening try in the 44th minute.
Schutte missed the conversion but added a penalty to give Boland a comfortable 11 point lead. However, the celebrations were shortlived, as tighthead Andries Human took no further part in the match after incurring a knee injury.
But the visitors kept the pressure on the Leopards, winger Jongi Nokwe collecting a chip from scrumhalf Charl Blom to score the five-pointer. A failed clearance by the Leopards in th 65th minute allowed Hennie Daniller to seal it for the Kavaliers, after he beat the defence to score under the posts.
The match ended badly with two yellow cards being shown to either side. The Leopards garnered a small consolation when Theo van Wyk crashed through the line-out in the 74th minute, but by then the game was already over as a contest.
Leopards: Try: Theo van Wyk. Conversion: Corne Meyer. Penalties: Meyer (2).
Kavaliers:Tries: Rayno Benjamin, Jongi Nokwe, Hennie Daniller. Conversions: Jacques Schutte, Solly Goosen. Penalties: Schutte (4), Goosen. Drop goal: Schutte.