Six-try Griquas thump Cavaliers
September 08, 2016

Griquas remained in the mix for the semifinals with a thumping 46-22 six-try victory over Boland Cavaliers in their Currie Cup Premier Division rugby fixture at Griqua Park, Kimberley, on Thursday.

Centre Clinton Swart was in fine form for the home team scoring 21 points on the evening with a try, five conversions and two penalties as Griquas romped to a five-point triumph.

Boland were outplayed and enjoyed precious little possession and a couple of late tries allowed them to narrow the deficit after Griquas had inflicted all the early damage.

A Swart penalty in the fourth minute got Griquas off the mark. Eight minutes later, captain AJ Coertzen timed his run well to collect a pass from flyhalf Elgar Watts at pace to score the opening try of the game before Swart kicked another penalty for the home team to lead 11-0.

Boland eventually got off the mark in the 22nd minute when fullback Theuns Kotze landed a penalty after missing an earlier attempt.

But Griquas hit straight back with a try manufactured by front foot advantage as right wing Edries Arendse dotted down. Swart added the two points from the tee.

Matters got worse for Boland when Shaun Adendorff was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle. They felt the impact immediately when Watts produced a perfect show and go to side-step the defence and score the third try of the evening with Swart converting on the half hour.

Swart turned try-scorer shortly after the restart with some strong running which secured the bonus point. He converted his own score for Griquas to lead 32-3.

Boland kept fighting and they were rewarded when captain and hooker Clemen Lewis scored in the 50th minute and Kotze converted as the visitors moved into double figures.

Watts then displayed good skills again to score his second try by taking advantage of an opening in the Boland defensive structure. Swart was again on target with the conversion.

Griquas started piling on the misery as flank Wendal Wehr grabbed the sixth and final try for his team after some good interplay between the backs and forwards.

Strong-running replacement Craig Pheiffer hit the gap well to score for Boland with nine minutes to play and then flyhalf Adriaan Carelse intercepted a kick ahead to sprint half the length of the field to dot down under the posts. He converted his own try.


Griquas – Tries: AJ Coertzen, Edries Arendse, Elgar Watts (2), Clinton Swart, Wendal Wehr; Conversions: Clinton Swart (5); Penalties: Clinton Swart (2)

Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Clemen Lewis, Craig Pheiffer, Adriaan Carelse; Conversions: Theuns Kotze, Adriaan Carelse; Penalties: Theuns Kotze

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