Durban - A
Francois Brummer drop-goal after the siren had sounded helped Griquas
stun the Sharks with a 21-18 Currie Cup victory at Kings Park in Durban
Prop Thomas du Toit's try four minutes from time
looked to have earned the hosts a draw, but Brummer, under pressure from
the home defence, kept his nerve to slot the drop-goal and claim a
first victory of the season for the visitors.
had scored an earlier try for the Sharks, but Gouws Prinsloo kicked six
penalties for Griquas, who inflicted a second consecutive loss on the
defending champions following another surprise loss to the Pumas last
Hawies Fourie's side had started the contest well enough by
surging into a 6-0 lead after seven minutes thanks to two early
Prinsloo penalties, the first against Du Toit for offside and the second
coming when a visiting defender was taken out in the air.
Sharks had their first shot at goal after 15 minutes when Ruaan Lerm
entered a ruck from the side, but Fred Zeilinga's 51-metre attempt
drifted just wide.
But they had to wait only two more minutes to
get on the board -- a poor forward pass after the restart was followed
by Doppies la Grange not releasing in the tackle.
points were gifted straight back by the end of the first quarter as
Sharks' centre Paul Jordaan was punished for holding onto the ball and
Prinsloo goaled the penalty.
The first try, after 24 minutes, was
in favour of the home side and their former Griquas' front rower
Adriaanse, who carried over powerfully after a penalty line-out was won
five metres out on the left.
After the conversion was missed, the
Northern Cape side hit straight back with Prinsloo knocking over three
more points when Jordaan was off-side.
The former Sharks fullback
then missed a penalty, before knocking over another, this one after
Etienne Oosthuizen was punished for a late charge on the Griquas' number
15, to extend the lead to seven point at the break (15-8).
Twelve minutes into the second half, Ederies Arendse was sent to the sin bin for failing to release Sharks' wing Odwa Ndungane.
replacement kicker Lionel Cronje squandered a relatively
straightforward shot at goal from a scrum penalty not long after, but
then made amends on the other side of the hour, slotting over a slightly
shorter kick that was awarded for an infringement at the ruck.
however, continued to plug away and they had their seven-point
advantage back again with 11 minutes to play -- Prinsloo slotting his
sixth penalty when the Sharks' front row was again punished for illegal
But a quickly taken Conrad Hoffmann free-kick allowed
some space for the home side and Du Toit darted through to score near
the posts, before Brummer became the hero with the last kick of the
Tries: Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit
Conversion: Lionel Cronje
Penalties: Fred Zeilinga, Cronje
Penalties: Gouws Prinsloo (6)
Drop-goal: Francois Brummer
15. Jaco van Tonder, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Tera Mtembu (captain), 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Wiehan Hay, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Matt Stevens, 18. Marco Wentzel, 19. Johan Meyer, 20. Cameron Wright, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Tim Swiel
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