Cape Town - Griquas claimed their second successive Currie Cup win
with a 37-29 victory over the Pumas in Kimberley on
Griquas started on the front foot and held possession for four
minutes before opening the scoring with a beautiful individual effort
from Anthony Volmink, who broke between two tackles in midfield and
stepped his way superbly past Kobus Marais before running comfortably in
under the posts as George Whitehead added the extras.
The hosts were enjoying overwhelming dominance and Whitehead added
another three points in the 19th minute after Pumas flanker Jeandre
Rudolph was penalised for offside to extend the lead to 10-0.
But the Pumas fought back and scored their first try
in the 25th minute. The Mpumalanga-based side turned over the ball deep
in Griquas' territory which allowed Morne Joubert to find space on the
overlap down the right-hand side and bash past last defender Whitehead
for the score. Marais missed the conversion with the score 10-5.
Griquas thought they had scored their second try in the 35th minute
when Gideon van der Merwe dotted down after a series of powerful
carries from the forwards but the TMO check revealed that Khwezi Mona
had knocked the ball on in the build-up.
The men from Kimberley started the second half as they started the first - in
the ascendancy. After winning a penalty at scrum time, Whitehead kicked
for the corner and the hosts set up the driving maul, which made good
ground. The ball was recycled through the phases before Eduan Keyter
came off the left wing and ran a good inside line to scythe through the
Pumas defence untouched to dot down.
The visitors hit back immediately through Andrew Beerwinkel, who
burrowed his way over from close range. But the game swung back in Griquas favour when Pumas flyhalf Marais committed a poor error, kicking the
ball out on the full from inside his 22 after it was taken back.
Once again, the hosts kicked for the corner and set up their tried
and trusted driving maul, which was halted just before the tryline but
Ewald van der Westhuizen forced his way over with a smart
pick-and-go for a 22-12 lead 10 minutes in to the second half.
Marais cut the deficit to seven on the hour mark with a penalty goal
after Griquas strayed offside. But soon afterwards, the hosts took
the scoreline out of the Pumas' reach once again when scrumhalf Zak
Burger made a wonderful sniping break and popped the ball to Andre
Swarts, who completed the finish.
Soon afterward, the Pumas hit back as the topsy-turvy nature of the game
continued. Etienne Taljaard made a scintillating break down the left
wing and popped the ball on the inside to Ashlon Davids, who played the
final pass for Ryan Nel to dot down.
With 10 minutes to go, the Pumas levelled matters on the scoreboard
at 29-29. Tinus de Beer was penalised for offside and the visitors
kicked for the corner before setting up the driving maul which was
brought down just a couple of metres out. The ball was recycled through
the phases before Alwayno Visagie powered over from close range as
Marais added the extras.
But the Kimberley side made sure of victory with a De Beer penalty
and then another superb individual try from Volmink, who out-sprinted the
Pumas defence from the halfway line to cap off the victory in
Tries: Volmink (2), Keyter, Van der Westhuizen, Swarts
Conversions: Whitehead (3)
Penalties: Whitehead, De Beer
Tries: Joubert, Beerwinkel, Nel, Visagie
Conversions: Marais (3)
15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13
Michal Haznar, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead
(captain), 9 Zak Burger, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Gideon van der
Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2
AJ Le Roux, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Wilmar
Arnoldi, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 Johan Momson, 19 Zandre Jordaan, 20 Chriswill
September, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 Bjorn Basson, 23 Ruan Kramer
15 Devon Williams, 14 Morné Joubert, 13 Ryan
Nell (captain), 12 Henko Marais, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Kobus Marais, 9
Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Carel du Preez, 6 Jeandré
Rudolph, 5 Stefan Willemse, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Marko
Janse van Rensburg, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel
Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19
Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Ashlon Davids, 21 Chris Smith, 22 Alwayno
Visagie, 23 Morgan Naude