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Griquas secure place on top of Currie Cup

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The Griquas secured their third successive victory in the 2009 Currie Cup Premier Division on Saturday following their emphatic 80-7 victory over the Boland Kavaliers in Kimberley.

The Kimberley side outplayed their opponents in every facet of play and ran in 12 tries to the one scored by the Wellington team. As a result, the Griquas continue their early domination at the top of the Currie Cup log and are five points clear of the second placed team – the Lions, who are 10.

Bjorn Basson, Rohan Kitshoff and Barry Geel each scored a brace of tries with Albertus Buckle, Jacques Lombaard, Dewald Pretorius, Naas Olivier, Jonathan Mokuena and Wilmaure Louw adding the other tries for the hosts.

Flyhalf Oliver converted nine tries with fullback Riaan Viljoen also kicking one conversion.

“We are very happy with this win. It’s been a good start for us to make it three out of three in the Currie Cup ,” said Griquas coach Dawie Theron.

“The important thing for us now is to continue with this momentum going forward. I hope the confidence among the players will increase after such a result. But we must remember, we still have to play some of the top teams in the competition. So for now, we are still taking it one game at a time.”

Conrad Burke was the only player to cross the try line for the Boland Kavaliers. Flyhalf Elgar Watts kicked the conversion.

“It’s always disappointing to lose a match, but we are extremely sad with the score line,” said Kavaliers coach Deon Davids after the match.

“All credit to the Griquas. They outplayed us on the day. We need to go back to the drawing board very quickly and try and put this result behind us and focus on our next match.”

The Lions also easily defeated the Leopards 40-19 in their fixture played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng on Saturday. The defeat for the hosts ensured that they remained rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division standings after three consecutive losses.

Lions centre Walter Venter ran in with a brace of tries while Hans van Dyk, Willem Alberts and Earl Rose also crossed the try line for the visitors.

Flyhalf Herkie Kruger kicked two conversions and converted two tries. Rose also converted one try and kicked a penalty.

Clayton Durand was the chief points scorer for the hosts and added 14 points with the boot by kicking two penalties and two drop goals. Durand also converted the only try by the Leopards which was scored by Jovan Bowles.

At Newlands, the Free State Cheetahs slumped to their third defeat this season on Friday night following their 19-13 loss to Western Province.

The hosts dominated this encounter despite both teams only scoring one try. Fijian winger Sireli Naqelevuki forced his way over the try line for WP while Richardt Strauss was the sole try scorer for the visitors.

Western Province flyhalf Willem de Waal scored 14 points with his boot by kicking four penalties and converted Naqelevuki’s try. Free State Cheetahs pivot Jacques-Louis Potgieter also kicked two penalties and converted the try scored by Strauss.

“I’m delighted with the four points. We always knew that the Free State Cheetahs was going to be a tough test,” said WP coach Allister Coetzee after the match.

“They’re physical on attack and you don’t score many tries against them. I thought we showed a lot of character throughout the match by the way we defended, especially late in the game when they were pushing for that final try.”

Meanwhile in Durban, the Blue Bulls suffered their first defeat this season following their 19-13 loss to the Sharks at the Stadium on Friday night.

The hosts played 30 minutes of the match with 14 players after lock Albert van den Berg, flanker Jacques Botes and replacement hooker Skipper Badenhorst all received yellow cards for various offences.

However, the reigning champions held their nerve and grinded out a gutsy win to secure their second victory in the competition.

The Pretoria team only managed to score 10 points while the three Sharks players spent time in the sin bin. Only two tries were scored in this match which was dominated by the boot.

Skipper Badenhorst was the only try scorer for the Sharks while Dewaldt Potgieter scored the Blue Bulls’ only try of the match. Scrumhalf Rory Kockott kicked three penalties and converted the Badenhorst try.

Blue Bulls and SA Under-20 flyhalf, Francois Brummer, kicked two penalties and a conversion.

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