Cape Town - The Valke have recorded their first victory in this year's Vodacom Cup competition by beating the Griffons 38-17 in the HT Pelatona Stadium in Welkom on Friday afternoon.
The visitors from Brakpan enjoyed a comfortable lead of 19-7 at the break that set the tone for a well deserved bonus point victory over the Purple People Eaters.
The Griffons started the better of the two sides and enjoyed an early lead of 7-0 after a good try by flanker Martin Sithole and resulting conversion by fly half Louis Strydom in the 15th minute of the game. But it was to be the hosts last points of the first half as the Valke stepped up their game and scored three tries before the break.
Valke winger Arno Poley dotted down in the 21nd minute after some good attacking play by the visitors before replicating the feat eight minutes later for his second five pointer of the afternoon. Hooker Dean Muir scored the third try shortly before halftime, with fly half Juan Kotze converting two of the three goal attempts.
The Valke picked up the second half where they left off the first with Kotze scoring and converting his own try in the 49th minute shortly after Strydom slotted a penalty. The Valke continued their good run of form as replacement prop Ernst Ladendorf also burst over for an unconverted five pointer in the 56th minute.
The Griffons defended for the better part of the second half, but scrum half Oswill Nortje broke through in the 66th minute with Strydom converting to give the hosts some comfort. But the Valke had the last say as replacement centre Andrew van Wyk went over for the visitors sixth try five minutes from fulltime. Kotze converted to give the Valke a impressive victory.
Tries: Arno Poley (2), Dean Muir, Juan Kotze, Ernst Ladendorf, Andrew van Wyk
Conversions: Juan Kotze (4)
Tries: Martin Sithole, Oswill Nortje
Conversions: Louis Strydom (2)