Wildebeest topple the champs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 10 Mar 2008 at 09:19
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Wildeklawer Griquas fullback Bjorn Basson scored a brace of tries in vain as the Wildebeest rallied to win their Vodacom Cup match 23-20 (halftime 14-13) in Durban on Saturday.

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Basson looked the most polished player on the field, and his tries either side of halftime were a just reward.

But on the day there was no topping the guts and grit shown by the home side, who earned their first win in the competition in the wake of losses to the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Pumas.

Tries by flyhalf Tiaan Marx and hooker Jody Jenneker earned the Wildebeest the upper hand in the opening quarter, but flyhalf Riaan Viljoen kept Griquas in touch with a couple of long range penalties.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Basson melted through several poor tackles to score his first try. Viljoen’s conversion narrowed the gap to a single point at halftime.

Eighteen minutes into the second half the Wildebeest defence again gave up without a fight as Basson sped down the touchline to dot down for his second try.

That put Griquas ahead for the first time in the match. But three minutes later Wildebeest scrumhalf Neil de Bruin, who took over the placekicking duties while Marx was recovering from a knock to the knee, levelled the score at 20-20 with a penalty.

There were 12 minutes on the clock when Marx banged over another shot at goal to nudge the home side back into the lead.

Griquas ended the match on the charge, and Wildebeest number eight Nikolai Blignaut put in a telling tackle to thwart the visitors in what proved to be the last action of the match.


Wildebeest – Tries: Tiaan Marx, Jody Jenneker.
Conversions: Marx (2).
Penalties: Neil de Bruin (2), Marx.

Griquas – Tries – Bjorn Basson (2).
Conversions: Riaan Viljoen (2).
Penalties: Viljoen (2).


  • From SARU Site:

    Weekend Vodacom Cup wrap

    The Natal Wildebeest at last put together a decent performance to notch up their first win in the Vodacom Cup competition against defending champions Griquas on Saturday in a competition that remains wide open after three rounds. The Natalians won 23-20.
    While that was the only real (minor) upset of the weekend, based on the form of the sides in the first two rounds, the margin of the Boland Kavaliers win of 47-7 over surprise package Pumas was a little unexpected – and also an indication that Boland will be a handful not only in this competition but also in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup.

    The Golden Lions are on the scoreboard after beating the Border Bulldogs 35-15 for their first win in another defeat for one of the sides envisaged to anchor the Spears in two years time – that is if controversial champion for the Spears cause Tony Mckeever gets his approval.

    It is a sobering thought, tough, that the three south and eastern Cape sides that will form the nucleus of proposed Spears franchise, have now won two from nine matches – both by the SWD Eagles – and have scored only 188 points while conceding 327.

    A glaring anomaly in their performances to date is the three losses from three by the Valke, who have a strong club system in place but seem to struggle to put it together in the Vodacom Cup.

    They were thrashed 54-21 by Western Province – and this is WP’s second tier of provincial players with the Stormers having plucked out the best in the union.

    It is another sobering thought that the Valke have to face the country’s best in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup a little later on.

    On Saturday the Blue Bulls – who late on Friday night lost three players who had to fly to Pretoria as standby for suspended and injured players in their Super14 squad – beat the Mighty Elephants 35-33 in the last second of their match in Port Elizabeth.

    The Leopards lost to the Free State in Hoopstad (47-31) in a match that reaffirmed the depth and class of the home side while the Leopards are in trouble to make the semifinals.

    The Griffons, who put together a decent performance the previous week, were well beaten by the Eagles on Saturday (24-7).

    Standings after three rounds are:

    North Section:
    Blue Bulls 12 log points
    Griquas 10
    Pumas 9
    Golden Lions 8
    Leopards 7
    Griffons 5
    Valke 2

    South Section:
    Free State 15
    WP 14
    Kavaliers 13
    SWD Eagles 8
    Wildebeest 4
    Mighty Elephants 2
    Border Bulldogs 0

    Free State 47 Leopards 31,
    Wildbeest 23 Griquas 20,
    Blue Bulls 35 Mighty Elephants 33,
    WP 54 Valke 21,
    Eagles 24 Griffons 7,
    Kavaliers 47 Pumas 7,
    Golden Lions 35 Border Bulldogs 15

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.08 09:38:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bjorn Basson….another Old Dalian to shine this weekend!! 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.08 00:43:34 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner

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