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Griquas succumb to Killian Blitz

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Other SA Teams on 14 Sep 2008 at 07:35
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A first half hat-trick by wing Michael Killian helped the Xerox Lions to a 41-20 (half-time 29-6) victory over the Wildeklaver Griquas in a second round ABSA Currie Cup game at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Dali Ndebele writes for SuperRugby that Killian followed up on his brace scored last week in the Lion’s 83-14 thrashing of the Valke in Brakpan with another impressive performance, looking for work while showing he has the knack to read the game and to be at the right place at the right time. He also proved that he is not lacking in pace as some had previously suggested.

The diminutive three-quarter back was signed by the Lions at the beginning of the season from Eastern Province where he played fullback and flyhalf, but he has grown in leaps and bounds in his new position on the wing, vindicating coach Eugene Eloff’s initially suspect decision to shift him into the number 11 jersey.

By the time Killian had scored his third and the Lions’ bonus point try just before the break, the game was pretty much done and dusted.

The Lions took a while to settle down properly though, although Killian scored his first try as early as the second minute, but for the first quarter of the game the territorial stats were heavily skewed 80% to 20 in favour of the Griquas.

But when they did find their rhythm they played with intensity, at the same time stringing together passages of play characterised by clinical recycling and hard running with slick handling by the backs.

Earl Rose had a hand in almost every try, breaking the opposition defensive line at will while injecting some zip into the backline play each time he touched the ball and the national selectors will definitely have put a few ticks next to his name.

Tight-head prop Ross Geldenhuys also got onto the score sheet before halftime, rumbling over after picking up and driving from a ruck ten metres out before shrugging off an attempted tackle by Griquas scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius.

The hosts were not as impressive in the second spell and in fact the Griquas won the half 14-12 in their quest to record a bonus point for loosing by seven or less.

Lions captain Cobus Grobbelaar finished off a team try, sliding over in the right corner at the beginning of the second stanza before the visitors mounted somewhat of a determined come-back.

Hooker Hans van Dyk and replacement lock Jacques Lombaard crashed over in similar fashion next to the uprights to narrow the gap to 34-20 and the Griquas were evidently looking to make it 34-27 but Lions centre Doppies la Grange put paid to those hopes when he strolled over after a scissors pass from Louis Strydom duped the Griquas’ defence with two minutes to go.

The win momentarily put the Lions in third position on the log with another ‘contenders’ clash to follow shortly between the Sharks and Cheetahs in Durban.

The Lions are desperate to shrug off Western Province, who are also gunning for fourth position and have had two good wins in their last two outings following the return of a dozen Boks from national duty to spice up the competition.

Five teams are still in with a chance and there is no doubt that this year’s Currie Cup will go down to the wire. The final play-off spot will in all likelihood be decided in the final round robin fixture where the Lions travel to Newlands to face Province.


Xerox Lions
Tries: Michael Killian (3), Ross Geldenhuys, Cobus Grobbelaar, Doppies la Grange
Conversions: Earl Rose (3), Louis Strydom
Penalties: Rose.

Wildeklawer Griquas
Tries: Hans van Dyk, Jacques Lombaard
Conversions: Conrad Barnard (2)
Penalties: Barnard (2)


  • I am afraid that these so-called minnow games are not in the interest of SA Rugby as a whole. It breaks down the weaker teams morale and much more while creating a false confidence with stronger teams. The result imo is that some possible prospects gets trampled, while other are catching the attention in such a big way that we wonder why he was not selected a Bok looooong ago. And then a lot of those inflated guys deflate like a balloon when they have to step up to the higher ranks.

    SARU should be able to identify this without my help. They should put time, effort and planning into evening out the playing field of the CC. Not by reducing the number of participants, but by lifting the minnows to a higher level. Silver for SARU president I say.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.09.08 07:45:12 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Why not merge the minnow teams..surely a formidable team can be chosen from the Valke,Boland and Griquas..?
    The logistics of this may be a problem I guess…it is very sad to see a team take a hiding like the way they have been in recent matches.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.08 14:14:01 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • In saying that this weekend is the last of our’easy games’ the Lions if they want to shock all and win the CC, will have to beat the top teams 4 times in a row…unlikely..

    We may have had a chance if not for our injuries..

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.08 14:16:55 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 2) :


    I saw Showsport advertise that they will be showing the Lions match this coming weekend on SS4

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.08 14:21:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Excellent thanks KSA , I just hope that they DO show the following one against the Sharks..problem is that I may be out on the road that day..hopefully we can be back in time…

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.08 14:23:52 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) :

    will keep my eyes peeled to see if theyr are gonna show that.

    I am just glad I have Supersport coz our compound only feeds Showsport 1 and 2 to us. we get Supersport 1,2,3,5,6 & 7 :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.08 14:29:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I wish I could get Supersport. :cry:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.08 14:34:02 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    yea supersport would be a pleasure..I have sent showtime a few e-mails regarding their scheduling and also enlightened them to new techno that can change audio on 1 channel :wink:

    Just can’t get my head around showing the same game on 2 channels and also I dunno if you noticed they have gone slamball mad lately :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.09.08 14:38:03 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 8) :

    it is the season for slamball and they go “mal” over it here

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.09.08 14:43:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    YOU can!!!! Might be pricy but you can.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.09.08 14:44:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : You’re right. And I’ll need a dish the size of my garden. :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.09.08 14:50:13 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :


    we need a 1,8m dish here but some guys even use 2,4m to be safe.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.09.08 14:52:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    ha-ha Mclovin we had a guy in Holland that had to have SS and ended up with a dish outside his one bedroom apartment the size of Texas…needless to say he was the talk of the neighbourhood…eventually the ‘gemeente’ ordered him to take it down as it didn’t fit in with the image the neighbours wanted to portray :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.09.08 14:53:23 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 13) :


  • Comment 14, posted at 15.09.08 15:03:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I don’t think it’s possible to get DSTV in the UK at all… it’s just that little bit too far West, I think.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.09.08 15:09:34 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach

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