Port Elizabeth - The Griffons used all their
experience to edge a youthful EP Kings outfit 32-24 (half-time 20-10) in their Currie
Cup Qualifier match at NMB Stadium on Friday.
According to SuperSport, there was some distance on the
qualifying log between the two sides coming into the game with the Griffons
sitting mid-table and the inexperienced Kings in a lowly second-last position.
And the Griffons were first to make an impression when
flyhalf Duan Pretorius slotted a penalty in the second minute.
But No 10 Simon Bolze levelled matters for the home side
with a penalty of his own.
Pretorius kicked another penalty and then converted a superb
try by nimble fullback Selvyn Davids for the Griffons to lead 13-3 through 25
minutes. Davids danced his way through the EP defence to score untouched.
The Griffons were in for their second try of the game
shortly before halftime after a good break by Pretorius eventually saw left
wing Warren Williams score out wide. Pretorius was on target with the tough
But the Griffons were down to 14 men almost on the halftime
hooter when Davids was yellow carded for obstructing a Kings player on the
tryline. The Kings were given a penalty try and Bolze added the two points to
make the score 20-10 at half-time.
The teams ran at each other’s defence after the break but it
was only in the 52nd minute that EP managed to break through with fullback
Lindelwe Zungu scoring for the home team for Bolze to convert.
That narrowed the gap to three points and the young Kings
outfit was sniffing an upset.
However, the Griffons restored their 10-point advantage as
centre Japie Nel forced his way over for his team’s third try. Pretorius
converted with 15 minutes remaining.
Replacement Kings flyhalf Garrick Mattheus gave Kings
renewed hope with a try and a conversion only for Davids to shut them out with
his second try of the game.
EP Kings – Tries: Penalty try, Lindelwe Zungu, Garrick
Mattheus; Conversions: Simon Bolze (2), Garrick Mattheus; Penalties: Simon
Griffons – Tries: Selvyn Davids (2), Warren Williams, Japie
Nel; Conversions: Duan Pretorius (3); Penalties: Duan Pretorius (2)
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