Kimberley - Griquas
fullback Gouws Prinsloo kicked an impressive eight penalties to hand
his side a 31-27 victory over the Pumas on Saturday.
It was only their second victory in this year's competition.
put the Sharks to the sword with his accurate kicking last week in
Durban and produced a stellar kicking performance at GWK Park in
Kimberley to give his side a much needed victory.
well, with Prinsloo giving his side an early lead via a penalty in the
third minute. What ensued after that was a hard, physical match where
neither team gave an inch.
Prinsloo was again called into action
in the 21st minute and kicked another solid penalty to give Griquas a
hard fought lead of just six points. He repeated the feat just three
minutes later to give the Kimberley based side a nine point lead.
took them almost an half an hour, but the Pumas finally got on the
score board when flyhalf Justin van Staden succeeded with a penalty
with 10 minutes left in the first half. A minute later Van Staden
reduced Griquas lead to three points as it became evident that the
result would depend on who would be the better kicker on the day.
and Van Staden exchanged penalties once again before Pumas scrumhalf
Reynier van Rooyen burst through for the first try of the afternoon.
Staden could not convert, but it gave the Pumas the lead for a short
while. On the stroke of half-time, Griquas wing PJ Vermeulen broke the
tackle and dotted down with Prinsloo converting to give the hosts a
half-time lead of 19-11.
Prinsloo started the second half with
his fifth penalty kick of the afternoon after which he and Van Staden
continued to trade penalties. Prinsloo thereafter kicked his seventh
penalty of the day to give the Griquas a solid lead.
kept on fighting and center JW Jonker hit back with his five pointer,
which Van Staden converted to bring the visitors back within seven
points. He narrowed the gap even more when he kicked another penalty,
echoed by Prinsloo minutes later to give Griquas some breathing space.
minutes from full-time, replacement flyhalf JC Roos kicked a penalty
to bring the Pumas within four points, but Griquas defence held out the
last couple of minutes to secure only their second victory of the
Try: PJ Vermeulen
Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo
Penalties: Prinsloo (8)
Tries: Reynier van Rooyen, JW Jonker
Conversion: Justin van Staden
Penalties: Van Staden (4), JC Roos
15. Gouws Prinsloo 14. Ederies Arendse 13. Johnathan Francke 12. Doppies la Grange 11. PJ Vermeulen 10. Francois Brummer 9. Tian Meyer 8. Ruaan Lerm 7. Carel Greeff 6. Marnus Schoeman 5. Jaco Nepgen 4. Hilton Lobberts 3. Ewald van der Westhuizen 2. Martin Bezuidenhout 1. Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Maks van Dyk, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. RJ Liebenberg, 21. Abrie Griesel, 22. Dean Grant
15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Corne Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Sinovuyo Nyoka, 21 JC Roos, 22 JW Bell