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Griffons reclaim Currie Cup top spot



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The Griffons are back in pole position on the Currie Cup First Division log following their stunning 63-45 victory over the Border Bulldogs in Welkom on Saturday.

Fullback Cecil Afrika scored four tries and struck a superb drop goal while Albert Parsons also crossed the try line twice for the hosts. Ashley Johnson, Kennedy Tsimba and Eddie Fredericks were the other try-scorers for the Welkom side at the North West Stadium. Tsimba kicked six conversions.

The Border Bulldogs also played some entertaining rugby despite the defeat.

Six tries were scored by the East London team which resulted in the visitors leaving the North West Stadium with one bonus point for scoring four tries.

Lolo Waka scored a brace of tries while Chumani Booi, Bernard le Roux, Andries Kruger and Dumisani Meslane were the other try-scorers for the team coach by David Maidza. Reinhard Gerber converted all six tries and also kicked one penalty.

The defeat though ensured that the Border Bulldogs remained winless in the competition after three matches and are currently languishing in fifth position, only behind the Valke, on the First Division log.

“We managed to score more than four tries which is a positive, but we’re still far away from where we want to be in terms of achieving our first win of the season,” said Maidza.

“The result is extremely disappointing. But in saying that you can’t expect to win a match after you conceded nine tries.”

The Pumas kept their unbeaten record intact following their 44-26 victory over the SWD Eagles in Witbank on Friday evening. Winger Braam Pretorius kicked 24 points for the hosts thanks to six penalties and three conversions.

The Pumas also ensured that they picked up maximum points from this fixture after scoring four tries against the Eagles.

Shaun Venter, Allistair Kettledas, Martin Sithole and Doppies le Roux were the try-scorers for the hosts. For the SWD Eagles, Jandré Blom scored 21 points by running in one try and kicking four penalties and two conversions.

Wayne Bennett was the other player to cross the try line.

Meanwhile, the Mighty Elephants held off a valiant Valke team and recorded their second victory in the competition to triumph 36-30 in Kempton Park on Saturday.

The defeat was the hosts’ third loss in the competition. Jonathan Jacobs, Reg Muller and Andries Hefer were the players to score tries for the Valke. Tsepo Kokoali converted all three tries and also kicked two penalties at the Barnard Stadium.

Jonathan Jacobs also kicked a kicked drop goal for the hosts. The Elephants played some entertaining and attacking rugby and ran in five tries against the Valke.

Howard Noble and Lubabalo Mzwakali both scored a brace of tries while Herkie Liebenberg also added his name to the try-scoring sheet. Ryan Brown kicked four conversions and a penalty.

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