The Boland Cavaliers claimed the Currie Cup First Division title with a 43-12 victory over the EP Kings in the final in Wellington.
It was a comprehensive second half performance from the hosts as they rallied in five tries through expansive play – taking their total try tally to six. Flyhalf Elgar Watts also played a key role with the boot, only missing one attempt out of six kicks.
The EP Kings started strongly, scoring a converted try in the ninth minute through wing Andile Witbooi. However, that proved to be their only points of the game as ill-discipline and poor defensive efforts led to their downfall.
Boland overturned the deficit into a 13-7 lead at the break as Watts added two penalties before hooker Clemen Lewis capitalised from a strong driving maul. EP finished the half with 14 men as centre Jaco Bekker was yellow carded for a professional foul after his team already received their final warning.
In the second stanza, Boland dominated EP, who suffered their second yellow card when replacement hooker Bobby Dyer was sent off for a dangerous tackle. The Cavaliers scored through wing Brendon April, lock Rynard Landman and No 8 Zandre Jordaan dotting down while speedster Danwel Demas grabbed a late brace to complete the rout.
The Kings scored a consolation try through Dyer in the last action of the match, but it did little to add any respectability to the final score.