Griquas beat Border 21-12
May 07, 2016

Griquas have managed an almost insurmountable lead in the new provincial competition by beating Border 21-12 (halftime 14-5) at Griqua Park in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon.

Still unbeaten in the hunt to qualify, the Peacock Blues remain the hot favourites to contest this year’s Currie Cup competition alongside the other so called bigger unions.

The hosts are still unbeaten having now won five from five in the last couple of weeks and their inclusion in the competition seems almost certain. No doubt their fifth victory will give them great confidence before traveling to Windhoek next weekend to take on the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias.

Griquas didn’t have the easiest of outings against Border, with the visitors doing their bit to put the hosts under pressure early on. The East London based side’s chances of qualifying are all but over, but that did not stop them from taking the game to the Peacock Blues from the get go.

A early try by Griquas winger AJ Coertzen in the 5th minute and conversion by fly half Clinton Swart predicted a long afternoon for Border, but what followed was good defence by the visitors that fizzled all the hosts chances on the attack.

Centre Jonathan Francke’s try in the 35th minute seemed like just reward for Griquas patience on the attack and the conversion that followed gave the hosts a 12 point lead. Border looked after their possession and made use of it just before halftime as lock Wandile Putuma burst over for an unconverted five pointer to make it 14-5 at the break.

Tactical subs on both sides 10 minutes after the second half resumed meant another ten minutes of high impact play before Griquas replacement scrum half Rudi van Rooyen went over for what was to be the hosts last try of the afternoon.

Ntabeni Dukisa converted, but Border kept pushing and got just reward for their prowess as full back Maxisole Banda scored and converted his own try five minutes from fulltime. A yellow card near the end to hooker Mihlali Mpafi left the visitors one man short, but Griquas couldn’t capitalise.


Griquas 21 (14): Tries: AJ le Roux, Jonathan Francke, Rudi van Rooyen. Conversions: Clinton Swart, Jonathan Francke, Ntabeni Dukisa.

Border 12 (5): Tries: Maxisole Banda, Wandile Putuma. Conversion: Maxisole Banda.

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