KSA Shark ©

Bonus for Griquas

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup on 11 Jul 2009 at 07:00
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It didn’t take long for the first upset of this year’s Currie Cup, with Griquas claiming a deserved 28-18 bonus-point win over the Free State Cheetahs in the Central Unions derby in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The game was an open and free-running affair, with both teams giving the ball a lot of air. In the end, it was the Griquas’ ability to capitalise on their chances that earned them a close-fought victory.

The first half was as frustrating as it was entertaining, where despite the players’ adventurous intentions, opportunities were rarely converted into points. Both sides showed some great skills, but too often the attacks were spoiled by basic errors.

Griquas struck first after earning a free-kick from a Cheetahs scrum. A quick tap from livewire scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius was fed to veteran eighthman Heinrich Stride, who threw a good dummy and showed great strength to power over for the opening score. Naas Olivier converted the 14th minute try to earn Griquas an early 7-0 lead.

The Cheetahs controlled a lot of the early possession, but a combination of poor execution and Griquas’ commitment at the breakdown continually disrupted the homes side’s attack. Free State had the upper hand at scrum time and their pack was stronger in general, but the Griquas forwards scrapped for everything on the floor and often pushed the boundaries of legality to keep the Cheetahs at bay.

The pressure eventually told, with two penalties from the boot of flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter reducing the Griquas lead to just one point going into the break.

The 7-6 scoreline didn’t reflect the pace and excitement of the first half, which was punctuated with enterprising, fast-paced play from both sides.

The Cheetahs came out of the blocks stronger in the second stanza and quickly put Griquas under pressure. Griquas’ ill-discipline should have cost them six points early in the second half, but they were let off by the errant boot of Potgieter, who missed two very makeable chances. Naka Drotske responded by bringing on Louis Strydom for Potgieter, as well as replacing scrumhalf Gerrie Odendaal with Tertius Carse.

But neither halfback pairing could match their opposite numbers, with Pretorius and Olivier controlling the Griquas attack with aplomb. Pretorius was particularly impressive, despite being sin-binned in the 43rd minute for taking a man out under a high ball.

The Cheetahs did manage to get in front through a great try from Sevens Bok Lionel Mapoe. Flank Johan Wessels won a turnover on the floor and the ball was moved to Mapoe, who streaked away from the defence to score. Mapoe looks like a lethal finisher and has some serious pace.

The Cheetahs began to play a more direct, forward-orientated game and looked threatening. Burly prop WP Nel bundled his way over after a period of continued phase play from the Cheetahs. Strydom converted the 57th minute try to give the Cheetahs an 18-7 lead. But from then on, it was all Griquas.

Pretorius returned from his stint in the sin-bin with renewed vigour, and produced a magical individual effort to strike back immediately from Nel’s try. The skilful No.9 put in a brilliant, sidestepping run to beat several defenders on the way to the line. Pretorius was influential all evening and continued with the form from his fine outing for the Royal XV in the first Lions tour match.

The Cheetahs didn’t help their cause with some poor defence and sloppy play. Olivier charged down an attempted clearance from Strydom. The ball was fed into the midfield and the impressive Barry Geel ran a great line to score under the poles. The centre’s 65th minute try put the visitors back in front and an upset looked on the cards.

The Cheetahs pushed hard and stretched the Griquas defence, but Griquas captain Jonathan Mokuena secured a vital turnover to spoil Free State’s final significant foray into opposition territory.

The victory was sealed by left wing Bjorn Basson, who rounded off a slick handling movement to dive over in the corner. Olivier continued with his faultless kicking display to end the game 28-18 in favour of the men from the Northern Cape.

The victory will be especially sweet for the Griquas players who played for the Cheetahs in the Super 14. For Free State, Drotske would have got more questions than answers from his team’s opening Currie Cup game, both in terms of attack and defence.

The scorers:

Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Mapoe, Nel
Con: Strydom
Pens: Potgieter 2

For Griquas:
Tries: Stride, Pretorius, Geel, Basson
Cons: Olivier 4

Yellow cards: Sarel Pretorius (Griquas, 43 – foul play, taking the man out without the ball)

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Im still sulking about this game :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.09 07:44:52 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • Coaches and players will tell you the team that wins the close ones is the team that wants it more. Griquas wanted it more – plain and simple and well done to them.

    Certainly opens things up and shows they are again going to be the bogey side for some opponents.

    Wonder if this is indicative of the season ahead for FS?

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.09 07:55:02 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : if it is, things are going to be interesting

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.09 07:59:39 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : tell you what, Griqaus are, to my mind, an absolute certainty for the semis. Lions will miss out, as well as one of WP, the Sharks and Free State. I hope it’s the latter

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.07.09 08:34:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 1) :

    Don’t Worry Rob has NO SB points yet for this years CC. :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.07.09 08:38:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    No I think it will be the same old story, 4 of the big 5 will play in the Semi’s with the 4th Spot being a battle between the Lions and OFS

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.07.09 08:40:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : let’s hope I’ve managed to jinx the Bulls too… but NOT the Sharks :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.07.09 08:51:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : besides, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’ll be there at the end!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.07.09 08:51:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have a good feeling WP will take the Sharks later today!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.07.09 09:32:43 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : from behind? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.07.09 09:46:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • I knew i should have changed the wording… :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.07.09 09:55:51 by wpw Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.07.09 10:03:25 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : Are your WP pajamas ready ? :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.07.09 10:03:55 by Charlie Reply

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  • More boere.

    wpw – hope you boys enjoy the match. I have tons of work to do, so my ass is sitting at home. :cry:

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.07.09 10:05:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • is claytie going?

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.07.09 10:30:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Claytie will be there yes… For the free food and drink of course… :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.07.09 13:28:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    Free food and you’re NOT going?!?!?!?!?!?!?! :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.07.09 13:56:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Prediction. Lions to finish in the bottom 2 this season.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.07.09 14:12:01 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 18) : Sorry I forgot about the Leopards. Lions to finish bottom 3. :oops:

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.07.09 14:13:30 by klempie Reply

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