The home side came out of the tunnel strong and dominated the first stanza. The opening score came from Boland lock Adriaan Ludick and when pivot Garrick Mattheus converted, the home side had their tails up.

Mattheus missed an attempted penalty but his team were firmly in control of the match. Tries by flanker Tapiwa Tsomondo and inside centre Michaine Fick further extended the lead, with Mattheus successfully converting both tries.

Despite having a healthy 21-0 lead at the break, Boland were unable to pierce the Free Staters' defence again.

The score remained unchanged until late in the game when the replacement prop Boan Venter from the Toyota Free State XV managed to score a try for his team. The conversion by flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg was missed and at 21-5 the visitors had to hope for a miracle in order to win the game.

Boland conceded a yellow card, but did well to keep the visitors out in those 10 minutes. A late try by winger Jamba Ulengo slightly improved the score for the visitors, but Stapelberg was unable to add the extras and at 21-10 the Toyota Free State XV returned home with nothing to show for their efforts.


Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Adriaan Ludick, Tapiwa Tsomondo, Michaine Fick. Conversions: Garrick Mattheus (3).

Toyota Free State XV - Tries: Jamba Ulengo, Boan Venter.