Griffons thrash Limpopo in Welkom
March 08, 2014

A rampant Down Touch Griffons outfit ran in 10 tries as they downed the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 62-10 (halftime 19-10) in their Vodacom Cup North Section opener at the Bultfontein High School in Welkom on Saturday.

Tries from Sinethemba Maphaqa and Divan Cronje had kept the visitors to within nine points of their opponents at the break, but the second half proved to be a procession as the Griffons banked a comfortable bonus-point win to get their campaign under way.

AJ le Roux, Nicky Steyn, Japie Nel and substitute Sheldon Erasmus all starred for the hosts as they secured a brace of tries each, while additional scores from Martin Sithole and Norman Nelson put the icing on the cake in a triumph that sees them storm to the top of the North Section log.

The Griffons broke through as early as the eighth minute, as hooker Le Roux crashed over the whitewash after some good work around the fringes. However, Limpopo, who had endured a difficult season in 2013, responded immediately as Maphaqa scored three minutes later.

The subsequent missed conversion left Limpopo still trailing by two points at 7-5, and the Griffons put more daylight between themselves and the visitors as they ran in a further two tries.

But Cronje's try on the stroke of halftime kept Limpopo in the hunt, as they went into the interval at 19-10.

The balance of power took a seismic shift once the players returned though, and Nel set the tone for his side's ensuing domination with his first score just one minute after the restart, wrapping up the bonus point in the process.

Steyn then bagged his second in the 43rd minute, and at that point Limpopo appeared to have no answer.

To their credit, the men from the north put on a resolute display of defence in the 20 minutes that followed, and were just about able to keep the hosts at bay. But the fatigue from defending eventually took its toll, and Sithole's try in the 61st minute opened the floodgates.

It was in the final five minutes that the wheels really came off for Limpopo though, as Nelson crossed the line in the 76th minute before Le Roux and Erasmus each grabbed their seconds in the final two minutes to take their team well beyond the 50 mark and to a resounding victory.


DOWN TOUCH GRIFFONS - Tries: AJ le Roux (2), N Steyn (2), J Nel (2), M Sithole, S Erasmus (2), N Nelson. Conversions: T Maarman, W Pienaar (5).

ASSUPOL LIMPOPO BLUE BULLS: Tries: S Maphaqa , D Cronje.

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