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Tsimba still Griffons’ lucky charm

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams on 11 Oct 2008 at 07:16

The Griffons were crowned First Division champions on Friday, following a pulsating 31-26 victory over the Leopards at Olën Park in Potchefstroom.

Rugby 365 reports that Griffons fullback Cecil Afrika scored two tries and wing Howard Noble ran, kicked and chased virtually the full length of the field for a third to take the visitors to their first title since claiming the Vodacom Shield in 2001.

Flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba kicked two conversions and four penalties for a personal haul of 16 points, as he maintained his ‘lucky charm’ status with a seventh successive victory since joining the Griffons in mid-August.

Tsimba put his side ahead with a succession of penalties and a conversion of Noble’s try to give his side a 16-3 lead at one point in the first half.

The Leopards fought back to eventually level the scores at 26-26 just after the hour when flank Jaco Bouwer scored the third of his team’s tries, adding to scores by RW Kember and Riaan Swanepoel.

However Leopards flyhalf Clayton Durand – who kicked three penalties and one conversion – could not add the extra points and Afrika’s second try, nine minutes from full-time, proved decisive.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday, when the Griffons visit Boland and the Leopards travel to take on the Falcons in the first leg matches in the Currie Cup promotion and relegation matches.

* The Griffons’ victory completed a double for the Welkom-based province as they also claimed the Under-19 B Section title with an emphatic 69-15 victory over Griquas.

* In the Under-21 B Section Final Griquas beat the Falcons 42-37.

First Division scorers:

For the Leopards:
Tries: Swanepoel, Kember, Bouwer
Con: Durand
Pens: Durand 3

For the Griffons:
Tries: Noble, Afrika 2
Cons: Tsimba 2
Pens: Tsimba 4

The teams:

Leopards: 15 Anvor Schooney, 14 Vuyo Zangqa, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Basil de Doncker, 11 Colin Lloyd, 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Riaan Swanepoel (captain), 7 RW Kember, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Draad Linde, 4 Antonie Gronum, 3 Diedlov Coetzee, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Divan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17 Nardus Lombard, 18 Rynard Landman, 19 Bennie Adams, 20 Theo van Wyk, 21 Paul Bosch, 22 Jan van Zyl.

Griffons: 15 Cecil Afrika, 14 Darryl Coeries, 13 Jacko Jackson, 12 Werner Griesel, 11 Howard Noble, 10 Kennedy Tsimba, 9 Danny Theron, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Albert Parsons, 5 Windpomp van Rooyen, 4 Ockie van Zyl, 3 Gert Greyling, 2 Andries Kruger, 1 Sarel Louw (captain).
Replacements: 16 KleinJan Ferreira, 17 Jaco Louw, 18 Isak van der Westhuizen, 19 Jonothan Mokuena, 20 Shaun Botha, 21 Hugo Kleynhans, 22 Shane Hancke.


  • Only one of the travelling country cousins in this team. 😎

    So no chance of any moaning about it being helped by the Cheetahs to win the 1st Division.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.08 07:31:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I count 4

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.08 08:15:50 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 2) :

    According to the original report: Daniller, Jandré Blom, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Hendrik Meyer and Ashley Johnson have been moving between the two unions during the season.

    So I only count Ashley Johnson. Who are the other three?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.08 08:30:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Ok. There are three other contracted cheetahs in the squad, though. Noble, Mokuena and van der Westhuizen

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.08 08:38:01 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 4) :

    Okay cool.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.08 09:13:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So the promotion relegation matches are being played in the next two weeks.

    Absa Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation
    Boland Kavaliers v Griffons
    Valke v Platinum Leopards

    Absa Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation
    Boland Kavaliers v Griffons
    Valke v Platinum Leopards

    I would be very interested to see if the famous 4 play for the Griffons in an attempt to get themselves into the Top 8.

    If they do it will mean they don’t have access to them next season as they may then be in the Top 8.

    Interesting catch 22.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.08 07:49:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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