Griffons continue to set the pace
FIRST DIVISION WRAP: Defending First Division champions, the Griffons, continued to set the pace in the competition as they registered their third bonus-point win a row in a weekend of big victories.
The Griffons were in fine form on attack against the SWD Eagles in Welkom on Saturday as they touched down an impressive nine times for their 57-22 victory, with flyhalf Gaun Kotze and Selvyn Davids each earning a brace.
The first half was close as the hosts took a 26-17 lead, but they continued to attack at will and tightened up their defence after the break to limit the visitors to scoring only five more points.
The Boland Cavaliers also dominated from the outset against the Border Bulldogs in East London on Saturday thanks to a solid effort on attack and defensive, which saw them score six tries and limit the hosts to a penalty goal for a 42-3 victory.
Boland Cavaliers hooker Clemen Lewis and lock Marlyn Williams each scored a brace while fullback Divan Nel slotted over all six conversions in a fine kicking display.
The clash between the Welwitschias and Falcons in Windhoek on Saturday proved to be a points festival as 103 points and 15 tries were scored, with the visitors emerging narrow 56-47 victors.
The Falcons went into the break 36-28 ahead and the teams continued to give everything in the second half, but eight tries by the Falcons to seven by the Welwitschias handed them the edge on the scoreboard.
A hat-trick by Leopards prop Joe Smith and a brace by No.8 Jeandre Rudolph steered the Potchefstroom side to a rewarding 57-20 victory against Eastern Province at home on Friday as they outscored the opposition eight tries to two.
The victory for the Leopards ensured that they remained unbeaten, while the defeat for the Eastern Cape side marked their third in as many games.
Currie Cup First Division Round Three results and scorers:
Border Bulldogs 3 (3) Boland Cavaliers 42 (21)
Pen: Xolela Payi
Tries: Clemen Lewis 2, Marlyn Williams 2, Vian van der Watt, Francois Esterhuizen
Cons: Divan Nel 6
Welwitschias 47 (28) Falcons 56 (36)
Tries: Abel De Klerk, Maharua Katjijeko, Jan Booysen, Helarius Kisting, Johan Tromp 2, Russell Van Wyk
Cons: Theuns Kotze 6
Tries: Jan-Frederik Enslin, Friedle Olivier, Johan Pretorius, Etienne Taljaard, Christian Rust, Coert Cronje, Martin Sithole, Andrew Van Wyk
Cons: Warren Potgieter 4, Christian Rust.
Pen: Warren Potgieter
DG: Errol Jaggers
Griffons 57 (26) SWD Eagles 22 (17)
Tries: Ruan Kramer, Louis Venter, Gaun Kotze 2, Arthur-William Williams, Selvyn Davids 2, Neil Claassen, Penalty Try
Cons: Gaun Kotze 4, Duan Pretoruis
Tries: Freginald Africa, Marlo Weich 2
Cons: Leighton Eksteen 2
Pen: Leighton Eksteen
Leopards 57 (24) Eastern Province 20 (6)
Tries: Joe Smith 3, Dane van der Westhuyzen, Jeandre Rudolph 2, Elden Schoeman, Francois Jacobs
Cons: Gerhard Nortier 3, Schalk Hugo 4
Pen: Gerhard Nortier
Tries: Cody-Anthony Basson, Siyanda Grey
Cons: Michael Brink, Luv's Claassen
Pens: Michael Brink 2