Brilliant Griquas stun previously unbeaten Cheetahs as Lions post winless streak
Luther Obi. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Griquas moved up to third in the Currie Cup table after a convincing 46-18 bonus point win over the Cheetahs at Kimberley on Saturday.
The home side scored seven tries to three in a competition they dominated from start to finish.
The Peacock Blues took a 19-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes thanks to three tries through center Sango Xamlashe, scrum-half Johan Mulder and hooker Janco Uys.
The visitors were on the scoreboard through a Ruan Pienaar but Griquas scored his bonus points try in the first half with left winger Luther Obi passing over as the hosts took a 24 lead -3.
The Cheetahs needed a boost before the half-time break and it came thanks to a try from eighth-placed Mihlali Mosi, but they were still trailing 24-8 at the interval.
The home side quickly put to bed any thoughts of a Cheetahs comeback early in the second half when Obi went for his second try of the afternoon.
Substitute hooker Gustav du Rand attempted a try for Griquas after a powerful driving maul and the hosts’ dominance was in full swing when they were then awarded a penalty try in the 69th minute when the hosts illegally stopped a another maul.
Substitute forwards Jeandre Rudolph and Louis van der Westhuizen scored consolation tries for the Cheetahs either side of a George Whitehead penalty, but the visitors know they were well beaten that day.
It was the first Currie Cup loss for the Cheetahs this season and could be seen as a wake-up call before the teams are known for the semi-finals.
Griquas – (24) 46
Tries: Sango Xamlashe, Johan Mulder, Janco Uys, Luther Obi (2), Gustav du Rand, Penalty try
Conversions: Zander Du Plessis (3)
Penalty: George Whitehead
Cheetahs – (8) 18
Essays: Mihlali Mosi, Jeandre Rudolph, Louis van der Westhuizen
Penalty: Ruan Pienaar
Lions break 10 games without a win to beat Western Province
The Lions recorded their first Currie Cup win of the season with a 33-10 win over Western Province at Ellis Park on Saturday.
The home side, who have suffered 10 defeats in 10 games this season, scored four tries against the visitors and fully deserved victory.
The Lions scored three tries in the first half as hooker Morne Brandon, right winger Stean Pienaar and eighth-placed Quan Horn scored.
Home flyhalf Tiaan Swanepoel netted a conversion and a penalty while Province number 10 Tim Swiel also hit a three-pointer as the Lions took a 20-3 half-time lead.
The visitors scored a try early in the second half with captain Nama Xaba dotting and Swiel slotting in the extras from the kicking tee to bring the margin down to 10 points.
The home side extended their lead to 26-10 with 13 minutes remaining when Swanepoel netted two more penalties, including a monster kick from 55 yards.
The Lions then put the game to bed when Swanepoel scored a try and converted in the 71st minute as the hosts celebrated breaking their winless run.
Leos – (20) 33
Tries: Morne Brandon, Stean Pienaar, Quan Horn, Tiaan Swanepoel
Conversions: Swanepoel (2)
Penalties: Swanepoel (3)
Western Province – (3) 10
Try: Nama Xaba
Processing: Tim Swiel