Welkom - The SWD Eagles scored eight tries on route to a 51-28 (half-time
26-14) mauling of the Down Touch Griffons in their Currie Cup First
Division match at the North West Stadium in Welkom on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, two tries each from Shaun Raubenheimer, Lyndon Hartnick and Mzo Dyantyi
as well as a try apiece from Gerrit Smith and Jandre Blom put the
George-based side in prime position to avoid the unbeaten Pumas in the
The Eagles began the match in fourth position, three points adrift of
the Leopards, but the full house they gathered on Saturday moved them into
third position, two points clear of the Leopards, whom they have to face
next week in the final round of league matches.
The match began with a furious pace as Raubenheimer went over for his
first try in the first minute of the match. Smith converted to give the
visitors a 7-0 lead after two minutes. But the hosts struck back through
their own openside flank, Martin Sithole, after 14 minutes. Flyhalf
Franna Du Toit converted to level matters in an open and flowing match.
The Eagles' centre, Smith, bagged himself another seven points five
minutes later with a try that he converted himself, to restore the seven
point gap. But Japie Nel then scored his first try of the match, the
centre stepping inside nicely to round off a good move, which allowed Du
Toit an easy conversion to level things once again.
The Griffons suffered a lack of concentration on the half-hour mark
which allowed Hartnick in for his first five-pointer. Blom then took
over the kicking duties but failed to find the mark.
The Eagles then captured their bonus point for scoring four tries on the
stroke of halftime when Dyantyi burst over. The scrumhalf's try was
easily converted by Blom, as the sides left the field with the visitors
leading by 12 points.
The Eagles then extended their lead to 15 points as Smith knocked over
the only kickable penalty of the afternoon just three minutes after the
The Griffons then fought back when Nel crossed for the second
time, which he converted himself after 51 minutes, reducing the deficit
to just eight points.
But then the visitors started to take a stranglehold on the match as
Blom scored a wonderful try. The flyhalf converted himself to restore
the 15-point gap.
Dyantyi then raced down the touchline to score his second try with 18
minutes left on the clock to extend the gap to 20 points as Smith missed
Sithole then grabbed a consolation, bonus-point try for the hosts,
crossing for his second try with only four minutes left. Tertius
Maarman, who had replaced Du Toit earlier, added the two points to bring
the hosts to within one score of securing a losing bonus point.
But the visitors had other ideas as Raubenheimer and Hartnick crossed
the tryline in the final two minutes, with Blom missing both conversions
to end off a fantastic weekend for the men from George.
The Eagles face off against the Leopards next weekend in George with the
winner having a slightly easier semifinal as the loser will have to
travel to Nelspruit to face the unbeaten Pumas.
Griffons - Tries: Martin Sithole (2), Japie Nel (2) ; Conversions: Franna Du Toit (2), Jappie Nel, Tertius Maarman.
Eagles - Tries: Shaun Raubenheimer (2), Lyndon Hartnick
(2), Mzo Dyantyi (2), Gerrit Smith, Jandre Blom ; Conversions: Gerrit
Smith (2), Jandre Blom (2) ; Penalties: Smith.