Welkom - The Griffons scored three tries in 19 minutes to beat the Golden
Lions 30-19 (half-time 10-11) and claim their second Vodacom Cup win at
the North West Stadium, Welkom, on Friday.
Tries from Shane
Hancke, Vuyo Mboto and Japie Nel either side of the half-time break were
enough to take the game away from the visitors. However, flyhalf Hansie
Graaff enjoyed a good evening with the boot as he slotted five of his
seven kicks and added a late drop-goal.
The Lions made the better
start as Graaff's counterpart Marais Schmidt was on target with the
first penalty of the game in the third minute. Graaff then missed from
the kicking tee three minutes later.
Graaff atoned for his miss
in the ninth minute with a three pointer, but Schmidt was on hand to
restore the lead with a second penalty six minutes later. When
eighth-man Ruaan Lerm dotted down in the 32nd minute, the hosts appeared
to be under the cosh, trailing 11-3.
Schmidt was unable to
convert though, and the game turned on its head when Griffons left-wing
Hancke rounded off a well-worked try on the stroke of half time to get
his side back in the match.
The Lions then endured an onslaught
after the break as the Griffons' other winger, Mboto, crossed the
whitewash in the 44th minute. When outside centre Nel dotted down seven
minutes later the score was 27-14.
Substitute scrumhalf Vian van
der Walt offered the visitors some hope when he scored just three
minutes later, but Schmidt was again unsuccessful with the conversion. A
drop goal from his opposite number in the 70th minute all but put the
game to bed.
The win for the home side sees them climb above the
Lions into fifth place in the Northern Section, although with two games
still to play this weekend it remains to be seen where they will end up.
the Lions, it represents their third defeat in succession, and they
will have it all to do if they are to earn a place in the playoffs next
Tries: Shane Hancke, Vuyo Mboto, Japie Nel
Conversions: Hansie Graaff (3)
Penalties: Hansie Graaff (2)
Drop goal: Hansie Graaff
Tries: Ruaan Lerm, Vian van der Walt
Penalties: Marais Schmidt (3)