The EP Kings downed the Boland Cavaliers 25-20 in the opening round of the Currie Cup First Division, while there were also wins for the Griffons, Leopards and SWD.
With the game close for 70 minutes, it took a late SP Marias try to steal it for the Kings in Wellington, the fullback diving over a ruck to score the decisive points of the game.
In George in Friday’s other match, SWD ran in six tries and Kurt Coleman kicked five conversions and two penalties in a 46-8 victory over the Border Bulldogs. The host’s pack was completely dominant and created an excellent attacking platform for their dangerous backs to exploit.
On Saturday in Potchefstroom, the Leopards earned a hard-fought 32-23 victory over the Pumas. Leopards winger Danie Dames scored a hat-trick in a match where only poor goal-kicking prevented the hosts from winning by a greater margin.
In Kempton Park the Griffons won a thriller 37-27 against the Valke. The latter scored five tries to the former’s four, two from Tertius Maarman in the last 10 minutes which earned an invaluable away win for them.
Boland Cavaliers 20 (5) - Tries: Jacquin Jansen (2). Conversion: Elgar Watts (2). Penalties: Watts, Ricardo Croy.
Eastern Province Kings 25 (17) - Tries: George Whitehead, Cornell du Preez, SP Marais. Conversions: Whitehead, Wesley Dunlop. Penalties: Whitehead, Dunlop.
SWD Eagles 46 (27) – Tries: Alshaun Bock, Elric van Vuuren, Jean Jacques Rossouw, Dumisani Meslane, Johan Herbst, Cornelius Rautenbach; Conversions: Kurt Coleman (5); Penalty: Coleman
Border Bulldogs 8 (8) – Try: Chrislyn van Schalkwyk; Penalty: Ntabeni Dukisa.
Leopards – 32 (15) Tries: Danie Dames (3), Allister Kettledas, Ernie Strydom; Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2); Penalty: Engelbrecht.
Pumas – 23 (17) Tries: JW Jonker, Jaco Bouwer. Conversions: JC Roos (2); Penalties: Roos (3).
Valke 27 (24) - Tries: Sandile Ngcobo, Marco Kotze, JW Bell, Reg Muller. Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2). Penalty: Aspeling.
Griffons 37 (11) – Tries: Hansie Graaff, Charles Marais, Willie Britz, Tertius Maarman (2). Conversions: Graaff (3). Penalties: Tiaan van Wyk (2).