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Rugby | Currie Cup First Division

Vuyo Mboto © Gallo Images

Griffons hammer EP Kings



The Down Touch Griffons maintained their unbeaten run by thumping Eastern Province Kings 71-39 (halftime 50-12) in their Currie Cup First Division rugby match at HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Saturday.

It was a classic top-of-the-log versus bottom clash with the pace-setting Griffons showing very little mercy as they ran in 10 tries to seven.

They enjoyed a massive lead at halftime and almost took their foot off the pedal in the second half.

The Griffons came into the match having won all four of their games and were in no mood to surrender their winning streak.

The Kings, by contrast, had not won a match in four in what has been a miserable campaign for the men from the Bay. And on Saturday, after some early signs of promise, the visitors were once again on the receiving end of a hiding in front of a small crowd.

Griffons flyhalf Jaun Kotze was the hero of the day scoring 25 points through a try, nine conversions and penalty. He only missed one kick at goal all afternoon.

After Kotze landed an early penalty, left wing Tertius Maarman ran in the first of his two tries. Kotze also kicked the conversion.

But tries from EP Kings lock Anele Lungisa and flank Zingisa April and a conversion from flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa saw EP Kings in a 12-10 lead after 20 minutes.

But that was it for the EP Kings in the first half as Maarman, Kotze, right wing Mboto, fullback Selvyn David, prop Danie van der Merwe and scrumhalf Sherwin Cupido all got in for tries in the next 20 minutes.

It did not take long after the break for centre Arthur Williams to add to their lead with a try. Kotze took it to 57-12 through 44 minutes with the successful conversion.

The EP Kings took their limited opportunities and Lungisa scored his second try while centre Marlon Klaassen also notched a brace.

But Griffons replacements Malcolm Till and Khwezi Mkhafu completed the try-scoring rout for the home team to complete an emphatic victory.

The Kings did manage two late consolation tries by veteran left wing Alshaun Bock and substitute Sonwabo Majola, but it mattered very little when the dust had settled.

SCORERS

Griffons – Tries: Tertius Maarman (2), Jaun Kotze, Vuyo Mboto, Selvyn Davids, Danie van der Merwe, Sherwin Cupido, Arthur Williams, Malcolm Till, Khwezi Mkhafu; Conversions: Jaun Kotze (9); Penalties: Jaun Kotze

EP Kings – Tries: Anele Lungisa (2), Zingisa April, Harlon Klaassen (2), Alshaun Bock, Siphu Msutwana; Conversions: Ntabeni Dukisa (2)



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