Griquas fightback stuns FS

2011-08-27 17:01

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - A late revival has seen Griquas snatch a come-from-behind win over the Free State Cheetahs in their Currie Cup encounter in Kimberley.

Griquas fought back from 20-9 down with 10 minutes remaining to win 23-20.

The Cheetahs led 14-9 at halftime.

Griquas started the better team and took an early 6-0 lead via two penalties from fullback Rudi Vogt.

However, the Free Staters hit back with two tries from flyhalf Sias Ebersohn and scrumhalf Pieter van Zyl. Ebersohn converted both tries.

Vogt kicked another penalty to reduce the gap to five points at the break.

Ebersohn kicked a further two penalties in the second half to stretch the Free State lead to 11.

The Cheetahs seemed to be coasting at 20-9 up with 10 minutes remaining.

However, two brilliant individual efforts swung the game back in the home side's favour.

Wing Riaan Viljoen and centre Jean Stemmet scored two tries in the space of two minutes - both brilliant solo efforts - to turn the game on its head.

Viljoen received the ball on the Cheetahs’ 10-metre line, then accelerated past prop Coenie Oosthuizen before fooling the Free State defense with a sneaky dummy to canter over for a try.

Mere moments later Stemmet received the ball on the halfway line where he bamboozled the defence to sprint in for an eye-catching five-pointer.

Stemmet's try was somewhat controversial though. He appeared to cross with one of his own team-mates, which could have been penalised for obstructive running.

Flyhalf Earl Rose converted both tries to put the hosts up by 23-20.

The Cheetahs nearly stole the game at the death when they marched from their own goal-line deep into the Griquas half, threatening to break the Kimberley faithful's hearts, but the peacock-blues held on to claim a memorable victory. 



Tries: Riaan Viljoen, Jean Stemmet

Conversions: Earl Rose (2)

Penalties: Vogt (3)


Tries: Sias Ebersohn, Pieter van Zyl

Conversions: Ebersohn (2)

Penalties: Ebersohn (2)


15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Riaan Viljoen, 13. Jean Stemmet, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Dusty Noble, 10. Earl Rose, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag

Substitutes: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Kevin Stevens, 18. Frederik Albertus Spies, 19. Marnus Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Hanno Coetzee, 22. Wilmaure Louw

Free State Cheetahs:
15 Riaan Smit, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 W.P. Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Johan Goosen, 22 Philip Burger.


  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 19:08

    The Griqua win was in the script I wrote last night in order to keep WP 2nd on the log! My prayer that Sharks should also fall, came true as well! Congratulations, Griquas! Commisserations, Cheetahs! Griquas, we'll see you next week! It's going to be a hell of a game!

      BLOUBOK - 2011-08-27 20:39

      Well done Griquas. A win next weekend for both Griquas and the Bulls and Griquas will be second on the log.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 20:48

      That just shows you how close things are this year! Nobody should get complacent or he will regret it. I believe the Bulls may even manage a win against the Sharks. I've said all along that the Sharks play like a train looking for a place to derail ~ one week very good and the next not so good; very inconsistent. our first encounter with Griquas ended in a draw - and that at Newlands. Hope we will be able to return the favour coming weekend. Afterall, our youngster have now settled in much better.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:11

    Daar's net een KWAS, en dit is die GRIEKWAS!!! Val die CHEETAHS se wiele nou af, so vroeg in die seisoen en hulle het dan 'n paar KASTIGE springbokke???? Dankie Griekwas, maar volgende Saterdag 3h00 moet julle nie enige GENADE van ons verwag nie!!! WP jou MOOI DENG!!!

      Vickers - 2011-08-27 22:58

      Dit klink dalk snaaks maar die game sal dalk n goeie 1 wees vir WP om te "gooi". Griekwas kan doen met die ekstra 4 punte om die Bulle en Vrystaat uit die semis te hou.

  • adrian.bruwer - 2011-08-27 19:16

    Lekker Griekwas!!! Wel gedaan.

  • GJB - 2011-08-27 19:29

    Free State, you may have played well, may have given your best, but the fact remains, year after year, you end up 2nd best, if at all. At one time long, long ago, it was Griqua vs Free State in the final of the 'Indian Cup' and our heroes lost that game also. Please do something about it.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-27 20:17

    A Rose by any other name... Well done Griqua!

  • FM150 - 2011-08-27 20:34

    Enigste positiewe aspek om voor uit te sien op die stadium is die tweede deel vd kompetisie waar die meerderheid vd games op tuisveld gaan wees! Hopeluk draai dit dinge om!

  • Jerry - 2011-08-27 20:58

    Vrystaat jou lekker ding NOT. Julle blikore het my baie Superbru punte gekos.

  • Andre - 2011-08-28 05:48

    GO Tjoppie jou lekka ding

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