Griquas edge out Blue Bulls
March 08, 2014

The GWK Griquas held their nerve to edge out the Vodacom Blue Bulls 26-24 (halftime 17-13) following a frenetic ending to their Vodacom Cup North Section match at Loftus Versfeld B field in Pretoria on Saturday.

Fullback Joe Jansen kicked two penalties in the last seven minutes with the winning kick coming in the last minute of the match to secure the win.

The Griquas had held the lead until the 55th minute before a penalty from Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouche put the hosts into a 21-20 lead.

The lead then changed hands three times in the last six minutes before Jansen settled the contest in the visitors' favour with his second successful penalty kick.

The Griquas had regained the lead with six minutes left in the match through a Jansen penalty.

However, the hosts dug deep and they once again took a one-point lead with just four minutes left to play thanks to a successful penalty from Fouche to set up the nail-biting finish.

The Griquas had made a fast start to the match when right wing Ederies Arendse dotted down for a converted try in the fourth minute.

The visitors stretched their lead to 14 points after 10 minutes when scrumhalf Tian Meyer scored a try before adding the conversion himself.

However, the Blue Bulls finally opened their account in the 22nd minute thanks to a penalty try with Griquas tighthead prop Ewald van der Westhuizen earning himself a yellow card for a professional foul in the process.

Fouche kicked the resulting conversion before slotting a 34th-minute penalty as the Griquas reached the break holding a four-point lead.

The visitors opened the second-half scoring, five minutes after the restart, thanks to a drop goal from flyhalf Francois Brummer.

Bulls outside centre William Small-Smith then scythed through the Griquas' defence for an unconverted try in the 51st minute before Fouche’s penalty put the Bulls in the lead for the first time.


VODACOM BLUE BULLS – Tries: Penalty Try, William Small-Smith; Conversions: Louis Fouche; Penalties: Fouche (3).

GWK GRIQUAS – Tries: Ederies Arendse, Tian Meyer; Conversions: Nico Scheepers, Meyer; Penalties: Francois Brummer, Joe Jansen (2); Drop goal: Brummer.

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