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Griffons win at Olen Park
MWP
June 16, 2017

The Down Touch Griffons sprung somewhat of a surprise to claim a 33-17 (half-time 19-12) away victory over the Leopards in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge fixture at Olen Park, Potchefstroom, on Friday.

The match, played in cool and slightly windy conditions, was a Central Section basement battle, with the Leopards in fourth position and the Griffons in fifth and out of the running for the play-offs.

The Leopards needed a massive points victory and some other results to go their way to remain in contention for the quarterfinals as one of the two best, third-placed qualifiers.

But even though they beat the Griffons 29-17 in their first round encounter in April and were expected to repeat the dosage on home turf, it was not to be. The Griffons out-scored them by five tries to three.

The Leopards did get off to a fast start with right-wing Jimmy Mpailane hitting a gap as early as the sixth minute to run through and score the first try of the match, which was converted by Gerhard Nortier.

But the Griffons were soon level as prop Barend Potgieter crashed over under the poles. Flyhalf Duan Pretorius added the extras to level the score.

Griffons flank Thato Mavundla then touched down after 21 minutes to put the visitors ahead, but the Leopards evened it up again when flank HP Swart, playing in his 50th game for the home team, scored an unconverted try.

However, it was the Griffons who would lead 19-12 at halftime as number eight Jasper Wiese scored their third try and Pretorius converted.

The Leopards struck back soon after the restart as fullback Tapiwe Mafura scored a good try after 45 minutes.

From that moment onwards the Griffons took control and managed two more converted tries through centre CJ Coetzee and Pretorius, who also succeeded with the conversions.

SCORERS:

Leopards – Tries: Jimmy Mpailane, HP Swart, Tapiwe Mafura; Conversions: Gerhard Nortier

Griffons – Tries: Barend Potgieter, Thato Mavundla, Jasper Wiese, CJ Coetzee, Duan Pretorius; Conversions: Duan Pretorius (4)

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