Cape Town - Griquas retained their Currie Cup Premier Division status after beating the Griffons in a promotion-relegation match in Kimberley on Friday night.
Wing Ederies Arendse scored a hat-trick as Griquas claimed a comprehensive 59-26 (half-time 26-14) win.
The result assured Griquas of top flight status in 2018, while the Griffons will remain in the First Division.
The men from Welkom have won the First Division two years running, but their heavy thumping on Friday night proved the gulf in class between the two divisions.
Griquas coach Peter Engledow said his team "did not play particularly well" despite the handsome winning margin.
"Set pieces are a massive concern for us," he was quoted as saying by AFP, referring to a number of scrums in which his forwards were forced to back-pedal.
Tries: Tertius Kruger, Ederies Arendse (3), AJ Coertzen, De Wet Kruger, Wendal Wehr, Tiaan Dorfling, Shaun McDonald
Conversions: George Whitehead (7)
Tries: Selvyn Davids (3), penalty try
Conversions: Jaun Kotze, Duan Pretorius.
Note: A penalty try is worth seven points
15 AJ Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Renier Botha, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Wandile Pupuma, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendriks
Substitutes: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Louwrens Strydom, 18 Sintu Majezi, 19 Shaun McDonald, 20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 Johnathan Francke, 22 Eric Zana
15 Selvyn Davids,14 Rodney Damons, 13 Joubert Engelbrecht, 12 Duan Pretorius, 11 Tertuis Maarman, 10 Jaun Kotzé, 9 Sherwin Cupido, 8 Codey Basson, 7 Vince Maruping, 6 Henko Greyling, 5 Neil Claassen, 4 Gavin Annandale, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu,1 Barend Potgieter