East London - The visiting Griffons outplayed a game Border Bulldogs side 41-15 in the pair's Currie Cup qualifier at Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday evening.
Griffons scrumhalf Boela Abrahams dictated matters early on with some tracer-like passes and astute kicks, while Border never looked like getting into the contest, despite their improved play in recent games.
Griffons centre Norman Nelson made an excellent break after five minutes and almost scored, but some tight defence by Border was all in vain as the referee gave the visitors two penalties on the five-metre line within two minutes.
On both occasions the Griffons chose a lineout and eventually Nelson barged over after a strong break by prop Elandre Huggett.
Flyhalf Pieter de Wet converted and a few minutes later he succeeded with a penalty after a Border tackler failed to release the ball.
The Griffons lock Werner Lourens then scored a try set up by the forwards, but De Wet missed the conversion.
It was Abrahams who scored a superb try on 28 minutes, breaking on the blindside from about 30 metres out, before diving over in the corner without a hand being laid on him.
With half-time looming, Border, against the run of play, broke through and eighthman Rynardt van Wyk scored a fine try, converted by Banda.
With the score 22-10 it appeared that Border would change-over with only a 12-point deficit, but Griffons flank, Armandt Koster, had other ideas, and danced through the Border defence for De Wet to add the two points.
The Griffons continued their strong showing and superiority in the second half with tries by centre Joubert Horn and fullback Tertius Maarman, with De wet succeeding with the first.
The only bright spot for Border came when centre Lundi Ralarala retaliated with an excellent break and scored alongside the left hand post but Banda failed to convert.
The match ended with Border pressing hard for a try but the final whistle blew, leaving the home team without a win during this Currie Cup qualifying season.
Border flyhalf Thembani Mkokeli celebrated a rare achievement, reaching his 100th cap in the game.
“This is a very special achievement for me,” he said after the game.
“I dedicate this accomplishment to all those who saw a talent in me when I was a young boy and those that continue to support me throughout my career.”