Griquas outplay Lions

2012-10-06 15:49

Kimberley - Griquas climbed two places in the standings, lifting themselves from the bottom rung of the Currie Cup ladder with a surprise 37-21 (half-time 14-18) victory over table toppers the Golden Lions on Saturday.

Picking up a bonus point with four tries, the hosts moved into fourth position on the log to stay in a tight race for the playoffs.

Griquas started well and put the Lions under pressure, but the visitors remained calm and exerted pressure early in the match.

Veteran flyhalf Butch James kicked his first penalty in the ninth minute to get the Lions on the scoreboard, and the Johannesburg side followed it up with some attractive play.

Their inability, however, to keep the ball in hand meant many chances went astray. Griquas got an early chance to put themselves on the scoreboard, but flyhalf Francois Brummer failed to convert a penalty attempt.

The Lions got their first five-pointer after a patient passage of play and a well executed rolling maul. The hosts sacked the first, but flanker Cobus Grobbelaar spearheaded the next one and went over for the visitors.

James missed with the conversion, but the opening try set the Lions alight as they took control of the game.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, big lock Michael Rhodes scored the visiting side's second try after they had the Griquas defence up in arms, and James converted.

The home team eventually scored their first try when prop Lourens Adriaanse shimmied his way over the line for what at first glance looked like a double movement. But the television match official gave the try the green light and Brummer converted to put his side back in striking distance.

Soon after, eighthman Leon Karemaker put the hosts within one point, scoring a converted try from the back of the scrum, but James had the last say of the first half, kicking a penalty on the hooter to give his side some breathing space.

The Lions made too many errors at the start of the second half, and some ill-disciplined play cost them their advantage.

Brummer capitalised with his kicking boot as the hosts took charge.

Griquas looked the more composed of the two sides and it showed when winger Rocco Jansen ran in for their third converted try to put the Lions under immense pressure.

James kicked another penalty 13 minutes from time, but the Lions still had six points to make up.

Griquas remained a threat as Brummer kicked another penalty, and Jansen converted turnover ball into his second-five pointer, dotting down in the corner for a converted try, and the home side's bonus point, to put the result beyond doubt.



Tries: Louren Adriaanse, Leon Karemaker and Rocco Jansen (2).

Conversions: Francois Brummer (4)

Penalties: Brummer (3)

Golden Lions:

Tries: Cobus Grobbelaar and Michael Rhodes.

Conversion: Butch James

Penalties: James (3)



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 JP Nel, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Ivann Espag, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Jaco Nepgen, 20. Jacques Coetzee, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Walter Venter

Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Butch James, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Dylan Des Fountain, 22 James Kamana


  • - 2012-10-06 15:52

    So even the mighty hath fallen - 2012-10-06 16:11


      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 16:47

      @suur sadie And if Griquas and Cheetahs prevail next week (Bulls obviously will) then guess who is playing promotion-relegation??!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-06 15:54

    pity news24 couldn't report on the province lost last night as quick as they were able to report on todays game :) had to wait almost 2 hours last night!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 16:43

      @suur sadie And if Griquas and Cheetahs prevail next week (Bulls obviously will) then guess who is playing promotion-relegation??!!

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-06 15:59

    Yes!!!!! Now Cheetahs must just follow the example of the Bulls and Griekwas.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-06 16:01

    The Lions lost against the sun,and Griquas cricket pitch.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-06 16:05

    Playing against the Griquas at GWK Park in Kimberly takes the away game factor for the opposition team to a whole new level.

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-06 16:15

    The benefits of wings with true pace once again shown today. Well played Griquas, good luck next week. Mark Lawrence, eish! I am looking forward to the day this guy retires... "Still playing advantage" player knocks on so he says advantage over? Many of his calls were confusing to both sides today, past his sell by date a while back!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-06 16:28

      Well done to Griquas but Mark Lawrence was inconsistent with the penalty advantage today. Lions seemed to lose out a bit.

  • fazlurahman.ahmed - 2012-10-06 16:29

    Well done Griquas! Would have been good to see them in the S15 next year instead of a 1st devision team. Kings? Go Sharks!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-06 23:52

      I agree. Lets show the world our beautiful stadiums with immaculate pitches and sponsors that nobody has ever heard of.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-07 10:55

      Listen Hendrik jou domkop. Hoffe Park has always looked like that. Go back 30 years and the pitch looks exaclty the same, or even worse. Now you want to blame the soccer world cup. Have you people ever heard of water? As for the sponsor, I live in a city. Why woud I have heard of a company that supplies farming equipment and sells mielies, unless I would want to trade my car in for a tractor.

  • springbok.bokke - 2012-10-06 16:33

    GO BOKKE!!!

  • herman.coetser - 2012-10-06 16:37

    Moenie worrie nie Lions, nogsteeds trots op julle. Al is julle zef, is julle die coolste zef haha. Nou Bokke, moenie laat ek sambok pluk vandag nie. My geld is op julle. In Soweto you steal the win!

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