Griquas cement top spot in qualifiers
GWK Griquas have bolstered their place in the top spot on the points table of the Currie Cup qualifiers after beating the Down Touch Griffons 43-24 in the Northwest Stadium in Welkom on Saturday afternoon.
The Kimberley-based side ran in no less than seven tries to accumulate the full five points and now find themselves six points above the second-placed Leopards, who had a bye this weekend.
On the day it was the rolling maul that proved to be effective, with flanker Carel Greeff scoring three times after the visitors gained some valuable momentum.
It was the Griffons that started the better of the two sides, with winger Norman Nelson running in for the hosts' first try as early as the second minute. Flyhalf Colin Herbert, son of the legendary Griffons flyhalf Eric, was successful with the conversion to give the Griffons a seven-point lead.
That sparked Griquas to life and what followed was four unanswered tries, of which two were scored by Greeff. Lock Jonathan Adendorf jotted down first for the visitors, followed by winger Ederies Arendse a couple of minutes later.
Winger Nico Scheepers converted one try before Greeff scored the first of two tries in the first 40 minutes. Scheepers could however only convert one of those, which resulted in a halftime score of 24-7 in favour of the visitors.
The Griffons started a fightback in the first half, with fullback Tertius Maarman scoring one minute after the kickoff. Greeff stepped to the plate again for Griquas, scoring an unconverted try before flyhalf Francois Brummer scored and converted one of his own for the Peacock Blues.
The last 20 minutes some entertaining rugby was showcased, with centre Japie Nel scoring for the Purple People Eaters before Griquas centre Howard Mnisi answered back with a five pointer of his own.
Griffons prop Danie van der Merwe had the last say in the game, scoring a try two minutes from time, but it was too little too late for the Welkom based side.
GWK Griquas 43 (24): Tries: Carel Greeff (3), Jonathan Adendorf, Ederies Arendse, Francois Brummer, Howard Mnisi. Conversions: Nico Scheepers (2), Francois Brummer (2).
Down Touch Griffons 24 (7): Tries: Norman Nelson, Japie Nel, Tertius Maarman, Danie van der Merwe. Conversions: Colin Herbert, Pieter-Steyn de Wet.