FS made to work for their win against the Griquas
May 13, 2018
The Toyota Free State XV were met by a resilient Tafel Lager Griquas that made them defend their lead until the end with the Bloem side winning 32-31 (halftime 24-0) in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge match at the Impala Rugby Football Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Tafel Lager Griquas and Toyota Free State XV were greeted by superb conditions for rugby at the SuperSport Rugby Festival in Rustenburg.

It was the Free Staters who got themselves on the scoreboard early as inside centre Tertius Kruger crossed the whitewash in the 2nd minute. Former FNB Maties flyhalf Ernest Stapelberg converted the try.

The men in orange continued to dominate the first half and their attacking intent was rewarded as flank Gerhard Olivier and Stapelberg scored five-pointers in the 25th and 31st minute respectively. Stapelberg converted both to hand the visitors a 21-0 lead.

The Griquas found themselves being penalised continuously and yet another infringement meant Stapelberg could add a penalty goal just before the break.

The home team must have had quite the halftime talk as they returned to the field with fire in their bellies as no.8 Conway Pretorius blitzed his way down the left-hand touchline to score their first points of the match.

Free State responded three minutes later as wing Jean-Pierre Coetzee scored their bonus point try with 35 minutes left on the clock.

Griquas' wing Enver Brandt has had a good run of form so far in the second instalment of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and it was no different on Mothers' Day as he was on hand to score a try. Replacement utility back Pieter-Steyn de Wet converted.

The final 20 minutes belonged solely to men in peacock blue as lock Jono Janse van Rensburg crossed in the 63rd minute which was followed up by a brace to outside centre Kyle Steyn. De Wet could only convert two of the three tries.


Tafel Lager Griquas - Tries: Conway Pretorius, Enver Brandt, Jono Janse van Rensburg, Kyle Steyn (2); Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (3).
Toyota Free State XV - Tries: Tertius Kruger, Gerhard Olivier, Ernest Stapelberg, Jean-Pierre Coetzee; Conversions: Stapelberg (3); Penalties: Stapelberg (2).

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