Griquas hero praises forwards efforts after Vodacom Cup triumph
May 10, 2009
GWK Griquas’ Vodacom Cup hero Riaan Viljoen praised the effort of his team’s forwards for laying a solid platform in Saturday’s Vodacom Cup final.

Flyhalf Viljoen scored all of his team’s points in their 28-19 victory over holders the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday as the men form Kimberley secured the tournament’s coveted R1 Million prize. His points came via a try, seven penalties and a conversion.

It was Griquas’ second Vodacom Cup title in three seasons and their fourth since the inception of the competition in 1998. “The forwards did a great job,” Viljoen said. “They dominated and did not allow the Blue Bulls to get any of their moves going. With the forwards controlling the game, there was space to play, which any flyhalf enjoys.

“It was a great honour for me to get the points and I am very happy,” he said.

Viljoen, who was in the Valke’s Vodacom Cup winning team in 2006, traditionally plays his rugby at fullback, but was moved to the pivot position for the knockout stages of the tournament after Naas Olivier was called into the Vodacom Cheetahs’ Vodacom Super 14 squad.

He missed the first three matches of the campaign after breaking his leg in pre-season training. “My first choice is fullback but I have played flyhalf at provincial level before when I was at the Valke,” he said.

While not scoring a point in three outings at fullback, he blossomed at pivot, scoring 69 points in three matches. In the quarter-final against Free State he scored 15 points (2 penalties, 3 conversions, 1 drop) in a 30-25 win and he got 26 points (2 tries, 3 penalties, 2 conversions, 1 drop) in the 36-25 semi-final win over the Sharks XV.

“This was a good win for Griquas,” said Viljoen. “It is great to know that you can win away from home against the bigger Unions and (this victory) will be a big boost for us in the Currie Cup”

The scoring in the 2009 Vodacom Cup final was dominated by both side’s flyhalves. Blue Bulls number 10 Francois Brummer scored all of his team’s points via a try, 3 penalties, a conversion and a drop goal. Brummer finished as the tournament’s top points scorer with 158 points.

The top try scorer was Cecil Afrika of the Griffons who got seven tries during the league phase of the competition.

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