Four-try Griquas win easily
July 02, 2016

Griquas scored four to two to maintain their position at the top of the standings as they beat Eastern Province Kings 29-12 (half-time 22-0) in their new provincial tournament fixture at Nelson Mandela stadium, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday.

The home team’s troubles off the field are well known but on Saturday evening it was their on-field play which came under heavy scrutiny once again. They had only won two of their previous 10 matches coming into the game.

Griquas, by contrast, had been flying high at the top of the table and were chasing all five points in an effort to pull clear of Boland and Western Province in second and third place respectively.

Although EP came back in the second half with a strong performance, Griquas did enough in the first to earn to the victory quite easily.

Griquas wasted no time in getting on the board as wing Ntabeni Dukisa dotted down a fifth-minute try following some good early pressure. Their No10 Andre Swarts tugged the conversion but landed a penalty shortly after that.

The visitors then added a second try with a full flowing backline movement for left wing Alshaun Bock to score. Swarts was successful from the kicking tee.

Dukisa strolled over for his second try on 32 minutes, Swarts added the two points and Griquas were good value for their 22-0 lead at halftime.

The Kings looked a different team after the break and surprised by dominating the first 10 minutes. During that time No8 Lusanda Badiyana was able to force his way over the line for flyhalf Garrick Mattheus to convert.

That stung Griquas back into action and they made sure of the bonus point when Swarts scored the easiest of tries midway out. He converted his own try.

Hooker JP Jamieson scored a consolation try for Eastern Province in the dying minutes.


EP Kings – Tries: Lusanda Badiyana, JP Jamieson; Conversions: Garrick Mattheus

Griquas – Tries: Ntabeni Dukisa (2), Alshaun Bock, Andre Swarts; Conversions: Andre Swarts (3); Penalties: Andre Swarts

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