Kimberley - Griquas edged defending Currie Cup champions the Golden Lions
30-24 in Kimberley on Saturday to secure their first win of the
This is the first time in two years that the Lions lost a Currie Cup
match after finishing last year's campaign unbeaten.
They will take a
solitary bonus-point for four tries scored, with them heading back to
Johannesburg knowing they have work to do if they want to have a say in
the latter stages of the competition.
For Griquas the victory gets them off the foot of the table and something to build on as they go forward.
Both the Lions' first two tries came off Griquas mistakes in the
backline. Akker van der Merwe was quick to react on a loose pass from
the home side to open the scoring with an opportunistic try.
Griquas took a solid lead midway through the first half through tries
by AJ Coertzen and Stephan Kotze which, together with two penalties,
gave them a 20-7 lead.
The Lions hit back shortly before the break after Howard Mnisi
pounced on another loose ball from a misplaced Griquas pass but suffered
a setback when Jaco van der Walt received a yellow card for a tip
tackle on the stroke of half-time.
The Lions came out firing after the break and scored within a minute
of the second half's start when Cyle Brink dotted down to close the gap
However, they couldn't build on that and after good build-up play by
Griquas, who put together nine phases, they scored the match-winning try
through Rudi van Rooyen.
The Lions were poor at the line-outs, losing at least four on their
own throw, but got an opportunity to get back into the game midway
through the second stanza with a penalty right in front of the posts.
They decided to take a scrum instead but failed to score and when Andre
Swarts slotted a penalty to make it 30-19, there were only 14 minutes
left for the visitors to stage a comeback.
The Lions did eventually manage to score with five minutes to play,
the try by Corne Fourie securing a bonus-point, but crucially Griquas
held on to the ball in the final minutes to close the game down.
Coertzen, Kotze, Van Rooyen
Swart 2, Swarts
Van der Merwe, Mnisi, Brink, Fourie
Van der Walt, Boshoff
Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen 14 JW Jonker, 13 Johnathan
Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van
Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser 7 RJ Liebenberg (captain), 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jonathan
Janse van Rensburg, 4 Sias Koen, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Steph
Substitutes: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 Stephan Vermeulen, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Andre Swarts, 22 Eric Zana
Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall
Skosan, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (cc), 11 Anthony Volmink,
10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (cc), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle
Brink, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Jacques van
Rooyen, 2 Armand ‘Akker’ van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Ruaan Lerm, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel.