After the empathic win from the Boks in Brisbane nothing much would have damped any South African supporter’s spirit for the rest of the day. Maybe the Currie Cup players found some inspiration from the Boks but for some reason I felt that all teams lifted their play in yesterday’s matches.
Griquas 32, Lions 38
Griquas started like a house on fire and went over the whitewash in the fourth minute of the match to take an early lead. This was an indication of what was to follow for the rest of the afternoon in Kimberley as both teams was running freely with ball in hand.
The Lions score their first try moments after with some controversy when hooker Robbie Coetzee went over for his team’s first try. The referee awarded the try immediately but after some replay’s you could see that Coetzee leg was out in touch before he dotted down.
The Lions build some nice moment through the game and always looked like the team that will win but Griquas who played with a team that has been hit with so many injuries showed why all teams fear coming to Kimberley for their encounters with the Northern Cape side.
Griquas played with a lot of heart and nearly snatch the game in the dying seconds from the Lions but were kept out by the Lions so that they can score their second win of the season.
Griquas: Tries: Jean Stemmet. PJ Vermeulen, Carel Greeff, Howard Mnisi
Conversions: Francois Brummer (3)
Penalties: Brummer (2)
Golden Lions: Tries: Robbie Coetzee, Anthony Volmink, Andries Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Marnitz Boshoff, Jaco Kriel
Conversions: Boshoff, Elton Jantjies (3)
Blue Bulls 26, Cheetahs 10
Most gave the Blue Bulls little to no change to beat the Cheetahs at Loftus on Saturday. Just the thought of that would have given you a ticket to the institute with the green roof in Pretoria, but that is just how inconsistent the Bulls performances was this year.
The Blue Bulls showed great character throughout the match against the Cheetahs side, who on the night looked full of running. The effort that the Blue Bulls forwards put in this match laid the foundation for their victory.
Tries: Paul Willemse, Wiaan Liebenberg
Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)
Penalties: Pollard (4)
Free State Cheetahs
Tries: Riaan Smit, Elgar Watts
Western Province 25, Sharks 19
When Gerhard van der Heever took the ball and started running and almost resulted in the first try for Western Province, everybody at Newlands new that they were in for a humdinger of a game in this top of the log clash against the Sharks.
Western Province and the Sharks must be commended for their attitude in making this a game that went from the one side of the field to the other for eighty minutes. With game breakers in both teams it was always going to be a close game although Western Province took a convincing lead into half time.
The Sharks led themselves down with handling errors at crucial times and they were demolish in the scrums which led them to be on the back foot most of the match.
I said it in the run-up to this game that I was surprised that the Sharks coaching staff picked Butch James ahead of the young and exciting Fred Zeilinga at flyhalf. When Zeilinga final replaced Butch in the second half the sharks got back on the front foot and in the match. The Sharks did score a bonus point in the match.
Tries: Juan de Jongh, Cheslin Kolbe, Gio Aplon
Penalties: Kurt Coleman (2)
Conversions: Coleman, Gary van Aswegen
Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Jacques Botes, Kyle Cooper
Conversion: Fred Zeilinga (2)