Currie Cup

Griquas edge Province to remain unbeaten

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Griquas beat Western Province in Kimberley on Friday afternoon by 33 points to 32 to remain at the top of the Currie Cup table.

Griquas took on Western Province in a Currie Cup fixture at GWK Park on Friday afternoon, in front of a large crowd of 5000 spectators, including players from the Griqua 1970 and 1979 teams, who won the Currie Cup and were in the semi-finals in 79.

From the kick-off, Province were awarded a scrum and a penalty, but the kick went astray.

The two teams then played aerial ping-pong until Griqua’s prop Ruaan du Preez went over to open the scoring, from a lineout five metres out from Western Province’s try line, converted by Naas Olivier.

Two minutes later, Province’s fullback, Joe Pietersen kicked a penalty and then his team were awarded a penalty try, converted by Pietersen, putting the visitors in the lead, 10-7.

However, in the 17th minute, Griqua’s scrumhalf, Sarel Pretorius went over from a tap and go, converted by Olivier, to the delight of the crowd.

A while later, Riaan Viljoen succeeded with a drop goal from 45 metres out, to extend the home team’s lead to 17-10.

The 35th minute saw Olivier kick a penalty for Griquas , when Province were caught off sides.

With three minutes left in the half, Provinces flanker, Francois Louw caught Griquas napping and scored a pushover try, which Pietersen converted, taking the halftime score to Griquas 20 and Western Province 17.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Naas Olivier kicked a penalty, in front of the posts, while Province were off-sides, taking the score to 23-17 to the home team.

However, ten minutes later, Riaan Viljoen, Griqua’s fullback, snapped up the ball and ran all of 25 metres before passing to wing, Bjorn Basson, who dotted down under the posts, converted by Naas Olivier.

But, Province came back with a try by wing Tonderai Chavanga, which went unconverted, Peter Grant kicking a penalty and after that, Riaan Viljoen kicked a mammoth drop from inside his own half, taking the score to 33-25 in favour of the home team.

Poor defence from Griquas, now playing with 14 men, after Ruaan du Preez was sin binned, allowing Pieter Louw to score a try converted by Grant, ending the match with a Griqua victory by a solitary point.

Man of the Match: Riaan Viljoen

Final Score Griquas 33 Western Province 32

Scorers

Griquas
Tries: Du Preez, Pretorius, Basson
Conversions: Olivier (3)
Pen: Olivier (2)
Drop G: Viljoen (2)

Western Province
Tries: Penalty , F Louw, Chavhanga, Louw
Con: Pietersen (2), Grant
Pen: Pietersen, Grant

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