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Griquas swoop on Boland

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams on 7 Sep 2008 at 06:54

A hat-trick of tries by winger Bjorn Basson led the Wildeklawer Griquas to a convincing 48-22 (halftime 28-10) victory over the Boland Kavaliers in an Absa Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon.

Zelim Nel writes for SuperRugby that the Griquas proved to be too powerful for Boland as they raced to a halftime lead on the back of four first-half tries, and added three more to their tally after the break to rout the Kavaliers from Kimberley with nothing to show for their efforts.

A strong tactical kicking game coupled with a stingy defence limited the visitors scoring opportunities, and the Griquas’ finishing instincts saw their wingers account for the majority of their tries for the second consecutive week.

Basson’s hat-trick was complemented by a brace from wing-partner MJ Mentz, and tries by number eight Heinrich Stride and replacement scrumhalf Tobie Botes, while a near flawless kicking display from Conrad Barnard saw the flyhalf add five conversions and a penalty.

Fullback Justin Peach kicked two conversions and a penalty as tighthead prop WP Nel, centre Piet van Zyl and replacement winger Renfred Dazel added scores for the Kavaliers.

Peach put the visitors into a temporary three-point lead when he slotted a penalty four minutes after the kickoff, but the Griquas reversed the advantage a minute later when Basson sped over for his first converted try.

The home team notched up a second try towards the end of the first quarter when Stride powered over from close range after a scrum attack inside the Kavaliers 22.

Boland reduced the deficit by a converted try when Nel crashed over with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. But the Griquas used the final minutes before the break to add a pair of scores when Basson dived over for his second and Mentz gathered a fumbled up-and-under just outside the Kavaliers 22 to notch up the home team’s bonus point try.

The Kavaliers were again the first to score when Van Zyl penetrated the line 11 minutes after the restart from an attacking scrum inside the home team’s 22 and Peach converted.

Barnard rifled a 40-metre penalty over five minutes later before a lineout deep in Boland territory was sent wide and Mentz raced over to give the Griquas a 38-17 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Basson claimed his hat-trick with 11 minutes to go when he received the ball near halfway, toed it downfield and outpaced the defenders to gather and score in the corner.

The Kavaliers fought back when Dazel jinked through the line from a wide-ranging attack to score three minutes later, but Botes sealed the win with a minute remaining when he received a return pass from Barnard off a scrum in the Boland 22 to scramble over near the uprights.

The victory lifts the Griquas to 19 log points, though they remain in sixth place, while the Kavaliers’ position remains unchanged as they end the weekend with 13 points, tied with the Valke in last place and facing a likely relegation playoff match at season’s end to retain their place in the competition next year.


Griquas -
Tries: Bjorn Basson (3), Heinrich Stride, MJ Mentz (2), Tobie Botes.
Conversions: Conrad Barnard (5).
Penalty: Barnard.

Boland -
Tries: WP Nel, Piet van Zyl, Renfred Dazel.
Conversions: Justin Peach (2).
Penalties: Peach


  • Correct me if I am wrong, but the enthusiastic approach of the minnow teams, coupled with PDV’s vision, has revived a new enthusiasm for scoring tries that has now filtered through to the bigger, more conservative unions as well??

    This observation makes me positively HAPPY!!!!!!! :grin: :razz: :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.09.08 08:41:26 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • I will put this priceless sentence here in this neglected thread, since Sharksworld does not put up a daily thread that reads ” Daily general thread “. :twisted: :mrgreen: :idea:

    Benny McCarthy on Bafana’s loss: “It’s a huge disappointment, even a disaster,” said McCarthy. “But maybe it could be a blessing in disguise, We might have gone to the Nations Cup, and won it, and then lost in the first round of the World Cup. Who knows?”

    Please Benny, please!!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.09.08 09:58:26 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Can we still do trades on our F/Leagues? This Conrad Barnard is starting to seriously jeopardize my winning chances.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.09.08 10:33:55 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    I actually think it closed on the last round. let me go check.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.09.08 10:59:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/08/04/sharksworld-fantasy-league-round-7-update/

    Yip the trades had to be done by round 10.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.09.08 11:23:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : mumblemumbleconspiracymumblemumble…


  • Comment 6, posted at 07.09.08 11:28:17 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) :


    I feel the same way sometimes :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.09.08 13:06:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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