Griquas remain in pole position
June 04, 2016

Table-toppers Griquas turned in another solid performance to retain pole position in the new provincial tournament with a 44-31 (halftime 20-14) victory over Toyota Free State XV in their fixture at Griqua Park, Kimberley, on Saturday.

Griquas came into the match having won seven of their eight previous fixtures and aiming to consolidate their spot at the top of the log as they bid for qualify for the upcoming Currie Cup Premier Division.

For the visitors, it was a case of trying to improve on their sixth position on the table even though they qualify automatically as a Super Rugby franchise.

It was Free State who hit the ground running with the first try in the seventh minute scored by centre Tertius Kruger who snuck through the Griquas defensive line. Centre partner Neil Marias added the two points.

Griquas opened their account two minutes later as flyhalf Andre Swarts kicked his penalty attempt.

Free State were struggling to match-up in the scrums and it eventually took its toll on their tryline when Griquas were awarded a penalty try in the 20th minute which was easily converted by Andre Swarts, who later also slotted a penalty.

Lock Carl Wegner added Free State’s second try and Marais converted for his team to push in front by a single point.

Howvere, Griquas No 9 Tiaan Dorfling collected himself an interception on his own 22metre area to sprint all the way and score in 28th minute. Swarts converted for Griquas to lead 20-14 going into halftime.

Griquas dealt a blow to their opponents straight after the break as right wing Ederies Arendse scored against the run of play with the visitors on the attack. Swarts added the two points and kicked a penalty as Griquas moved into a 30-14 lead after 48 minutes.

Free State then narrowed the gap to 30-21 after captain lock Reniel Hugo crashed over for Marais to convert. Marais then slotted a 71st minute penalty to bring Free State within touching distance.

Two tries in the final minutes by Devon Martinus and AJ Koertzen and two conversions by Clinton Swart sealed the victory for the home team.

Fullback Reinhardt Erwee did score a consolation try for Free State at the death which Marais converted.


Griquas – Tries: Penalty try, Tiaan Dorfling, Ederies Arendse, Devon Martinus, AJ Koertzen; Conversions: Andre Swarts (3), Clinton Swart (2); Penalties: Andre Swarts (3)

Free State – Tries: Tertius Kruger, Carl Wegner, Reniel Hugo, Reinhardt Erwee; Conversions: Neil Marais (4); Penalties: Neil Marias

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