Following their 49 -6 demolition of old foes Border, there is renewed hope amongst Eastern Province supporters that a new dawn is eventually breaking.
EP remain unbeaten in the Currie Cup first division this year and are on track to make the play off’s to gain entry back into the Currie Cup. Playing in the new stadium, about 5 000 fans turned up on Friday night to watch their team play.
This is certainly an improvement from the dark days when EP played a game at Nico Malan High School in Humansdorp and could only attract a few dozen spectators. Alan Solomon is doing a great job as coach of the team and with Cheeky Watson handling the politics as President, eventually things are starting to happen again in EP rugby.
There are some experienced players in the ranks with the likes of former Springbok De Wet Barry being ably backed up by Rory Duncan and ex Nico Malan student Pietie Ferreira. Flanker Jacques Potgieter impressed as did new recruit Paul Perez from New Zealand. The winger ran with aggression and fitted in well with the EP set up.
EP’s next home game is on 10 September against Boland.
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