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Swart leads Griquas to victory
April 15, 2016

Clinton Swart scored 19 points to lead the Griquas to a 56-29 (halftime 28-10) win over the Hino Valke in their provincial tournament match at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday.

Flyhalf Swart scored a try and kicked seven conversions while there was also a pair of tries for scrumhalf Rudy van Rooyen and eighthman Jason Fraser as the Griquas outscored the Valke eight tries to five.

Valke left wing Etienne Taljaard grabbed a hat-trick of tries for the hosts with his last two tries coming in the last three minutes of the match as the Valke managed a bonus point for scoring four tries.

The Griquas made an impressive start to the contest as they raced to a 14-0 lead, after just eight minutes, thanks to two converted tries from outside centre AJ Coertzen and Swart.

The Valke struck back with an unconverted score from Taljaard but the visitors extended their lead when Fraser went over for a converted try in the 30th minute.

The hosts managed to narrow the gap when outside centre Andries Truter dotted down for an unconverted try before the Griquas wrapped up their four-try bonus-point before halftime when Van Rooyen went over for a converted score in the 38th minute as the visitors went to the break holding a solid 28-10 lead.

The second half was all one way traffic as van Rooyen grabbed his second try just three minutes after the break before veteran left wing Alshaun Bock, right wing Ederies Arendse and Fraser added to the Valke’s misery with three more tries as they moved to an impressive 56-15 lead after 70 minutes.

The Valke would have been forgiven for giving up the fight but they showed some impressive resolve to score the two late tries through Taljaard to ensure they gained the consolation of a bonus-point.

Scorers:

Hino Valke – Tries: Etienne Taljaard (3), Andries Truter, Thabo Mamojele: Conversions: Christo Coetzee (2).

Griquas – Tries: AJ Coertzen, Clinton Swart, Jason Fraser (2), Rudi van Rooyen (2), Alshaun Bock, Ederies Arendse; Conversions: Swart (7), Gouws

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