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Griquas

Currie Cup | Johannesburg
10:00 (GMT) | 29-07-2017
  • 80
Reynolds lines up the penalty kick as the siren sounds and it is good and that will be it!!
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Lions win a scrum penalty!!
  • 78
Scrum reset called
  • 77
Griquas look to run it from deep and they work their way up to their 10m line, but the Lions force the turnover!!
  • 76
Whitehead converts!
  • 76
TRY to Griquas and it is Renier Botha who sets up an exciting finish!!
  • 75
Griquas are less than 5ms out from the Lions line!!
  • 75
Griquas worked their way into the Lions 22 as they employ the pick and drive tactic
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Griquas have possession in the Lions half and will look to score to get within 7 points. They are close to the 22, but the Lions defence holds well.
  • 71
Penalty to Griquas at scrum time. They find touch on the Lions 22 and then losing the lineout as the Lions have possession.
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Scrum reset called
  • 69
Griquas working their way up to halfway and a good break from Whitehead finds Dyantyi who lost the ball forward.
  • 68
They go for the corner and the throw is over the top and Griquas have the ball as they look to run it out from their 22, but not making any meters.
  • 66
Griquas win the scrum penalty in the Griquas half!
  • 65
Lions on the attack in the Griquas half, but an intercept from Griquas saves the day and Whitehead kicks and it is charged down and the Lions can attack again, but then lose it forward.
  • 63
Griquas win a lineout on halfway and they pick and drive with their forwards in their own half and win a penalty and takes it quickly and turned over by the Lions!!
  • 60
Conversion is good!!
  • 60
Lions look to work a set move off the lineout but a rush defence sees Brandt getting the intercept and he goes over for the TRY!!!
  • 59
Penalty to Griquas for not releasing in their half. Whitehead finds touch inside the Lions half with a great kick. They work their way into the Lions 22 and they Lose it as Tambwe kicks it ahead and chases but Koortzen covers and kicks it into touch!
  • 57
Whitehead missed the conversion
  • 55
Good work from Griquas as they get the ball out wide to Arendse and he goes over for the TRY!!
  • 55
Penalty to Griquas at the scrum and they take it quickly and make their way 8ms out from the Lions line. Referee plays advantage for offside as they work their way to the tryline!!
  • 53
Griquas work their way into the Lions 22 as the referee is tackled in the process. Time is off
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Griquas in their own half looking to get their attack back on track, they throw it side to side but makes no real meters.
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Conversion is good!!
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Zana clears up to halfway. Lions win the lineout as Tambwe takes the gap and slices open the defence and goes over for his second!!
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Conversion is missed
  • 47
Reynolds go for the corner and Kankowski wins the ball as they are under advantage again. They play it up with their forwards less than a meter out as Reynolds kicks across to Tambwe who gathers, gives it to Jaco van der Walt and then he gives it back to Tambwe who went over for the TRY!!
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Lions under an advantage and the ball is intercepted by Zana, but they are brought back for the penalty!
  • 45
Griquas defence not allowing the Lions easy meters but they make some nonetheless and they work their way to the 5m line and then gets driven back by the Griquas defenders!!
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Nel Shows the dummy and makes a great break and Smith takes it and Nel gets it back as he chips and gathers and the Lions look to strike early in the second half!!
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Second half under way and Griquas looking good as they work their way up to the Lions 22m area, but hen lost the ball. Scrum Lions.

Half Time

  • 40
Reynolds slots the conversion and that will be half time!! See you back for the second half!!
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Lions set the maul and they collapse just short of the line as Smith dictates play and gives a long ball out to Jaco van der Walt who steps 3 defenders and scores on half time!!
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Reynolds kicks for the corner
  • 39
Whitehead offside and referee blows for the penalty
  • 38
Lions counter ruck 9ms out from the Griquas line as they look to strike back before half time!!
  • 37
Whitehead converts his own TRY!
  • 36
TRY awarded!!
  • 36
Lions lineout just inside the Griquas half as they set the maul and win some meters before having to use it as it goes down and they set it up in midfield, but Smith delayed the pass and Whitehead intercepted and went over for the TRY!! Referee to check something
  • 34
Lions lineout on the Griquas 10m line. They win the lineout and set up their attack as they get it wide to Tambwe who chips and chases, but lost the ball over the line in the gather.
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Whitehead lines up for the penalty kick and brings his side back to 9 points behind.
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Lions steal the lineout and look to run it again. Reynolds kicks deep and Koortzen gathers and go on a run as Griquas are now on the attack in the Lions half as they are over the 10m line and keeping bit in hand looking to get a gap in the Lions defence, they get a penalty as referee warns the Lions for back chatting.
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Lions attack from deep as Dyantyi makes a good break on the wing, but only just had a foot in touch and Griquas have a lineout in Lions territory
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Conversion is good!!
  • 27
Lions on the attack again in the Griquas half as Smith makes a good break and steps brilliantly to keep defenders guessing as he gives it to Reynolds who gave it wide to Dyantyi who went over for the TRY!!
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Reynolds adds the extras!
  • 24
Lions look to keep the tempo up as they run from everywhere before Reynolds clears and they are on the attack after Griquas cleared and van der Walt goes on the counter and Sage gets the ball and goes over for the TRY!!
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Whitehead converts!
  • 21
Knock on by the Griquas and the Lions have a defensive scrum, but they win a tighthead as Brandt breaks away and they find Meyer who goes over for his second TRY!!
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Jaco van der Walt chips over the top, but Meyer reads it well and they take it wide and work their way towards the Lions 10m line, but the ball is turned over and they win a penalty fr a high tackle as Smith goes quickly and they are on the attack again!!
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Reynolds points for the posts and lines up the penalty kick and it is away to the right
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Lions are under advantage for a high tackle and referee brings them back for the penalty.
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Power scrum from the ions as they get it out and Smith kicks into the Griquas 22 and kicked back on the Griquas 10m line. ions win the lineout and set their attack!!
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Griquas attacking in the Lions half and the Lions slow their ball down on their 22m line. Griquas look to attack wide but lost it forward in the tackle, scrum Lions.
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Lions look to run from deep again and make some meters, but Griquas defend well enough for now before Smith clears as Zana takes and he goes on a counter!!
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Reynolds converts!!
  • 11
Good chip ahead from Brant as Tambwe has it covered and now the Lions look to run it from deep and they work their way up to the Griquas half and win a penalty as Smith takes it quickly and work it up to the Griquas 22m area. They lose some ground but keep possession as the Griquas defence holds firm, but concedes a penalty as Smith takes it quickly again and puts Nel away for the TRY!!!
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Jaco van der Walt just mistiming his position and takes the ball into touch as he tried to catch a clearing kick from Griquas as they win their lineout and set their attack!
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Whitehead lines up the conversion and chips it over!
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Griquas go for the corner and set their maul, it is static and Meyer snipes around the fringes and goes over for the TRY!!
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Griquas attacking in the Lions half as they are under advantage and look to strike back as Swart chips and chases, it is covered and they come back for the penalty as the Lions went off their feet at the ruck.
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TRY stands it it goes under the name of James Venter!!
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Lions go for the corner 5m's out. They set the maul and drive over the line and referee to check for a grounding.
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Scrum to the Lions as Smith feeds and Kankowski takes it up as they bash it away while playing under advantage, Griquas defence holds well for now and they get an intercept, but referee brings them back for the penalty.
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Griquas looking to run it out of their 22 before Brandt chips it over the top, but the ball went into touch. Lions Win the lineout and Tambwe makes a good break in midfield as the Lions are looking to strike, but referee brings them back for a knock on by Griquas
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Cwengile Jadezweni blows his whistle as Shaun Reynolds get us underway!!
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Prediction: It will be hard out there, but the Golden Lions will win it by 10 points or less.
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Players to watch: For the Golden Lions: Madosh Tambwe is a lethal finisher and have shown his worth in Super Rugby as well, if put into space he can punish the Griquas side and he also possesses a great step to compliment his pace. For Griquas: Centre Clinton swart is back from Super Rugby duty at the Cheetahs and his ability to defend well, put guys into space and also hitting the line when needed will be key to the Griquas attack, he also have a very accurate kicking boot on him.
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On the flip side the Golden Lions also made 6 changes to their starting lineup that sees Dillon Smith replacing Marco Jansen van Vuren who went down with injury last week as well as Flank Robert Kruger return from injury, while centre Jacques Nel, fullback Jaco van der Walt, wing Anthony Volminck and prop Justin Ackerman were drawn into the starting team with.
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The Griquas made 7 changes to the side that went down to the Blue Bulls last week, they have opted for more experienced players in George Whitehead at flyhalf. This indicates that they might want to play a little more tactical this week.
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The Lions under new head coach Swys de Bruyn did not get the best of starts against the Pumas last week as they went down to the men from Nelspruit, in the same breath the Griquas went down at home in an exciting clash against the Blue Bulls. Both teams will look to get a win to get their campaign on track for the season.
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Welcome to the first Currie Cup clash of the weekend between the Golden Lions and Griquas from Emirates Airline park in Johannesburg!
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Griquas
START LINE UP
  • 1 Sithembiso Sithole
  • 2 Peter Jansen
  • 3 Justin Ackerman
  • 4 Rhyno Herbst
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 James Venter
  • 7 Robert Kruger
  • 8 Ryan Kankowski
  • 9 Dillon Smit
  • 10 Shaun Reynolds
  • 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • 12 Jarryd Sage
  • 13 Jacques Nel
  • 14 Madosh Tambwe
  • 15 Jaco van der Walt
RESERVES
  • 16 Mike Willemse
  • 17 Andrew Beerwinkel
  • 18 Bobby de Wee
  • 19 Hacjivah Dayimani
  • 20 Fabian Booysen
  • 21 Bradley Thain
  • 22 Nicolaas Hanekom
START LINE UP
  • 1 Liam Hendricks
  • 2 Marius Fourie
  • 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen
  • 4 Floris Pelser
  • 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuuren
  • 6 Wendal Wehr
  • 7 Sias Koen
  • 8 Jonathan Barry Janse van Rensburg
  • 9 Christiaan Meyer
  • 10 George Whitehead
  • 11 Enver Brandt
  • 12 Clinton Swart
  • 13 Tertius Kruger
  • 14 Adriaan Coertzen
  • 15 Eric Zana
RESERVES
  • 16 Abraham Le Roux
  • 17 Devon Martinus
  • 18 Mzwanele Zito
  • 19 RJ Liebenberg
  • 20 Renier Botha
  • 21 Ederies Arendse
  • 22 Johnathan Francke
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Two

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:41

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Currie Cup Premier Division will step into a new gear this weekend, with Western Province kicking off their campaign, while three teams will look to bounce back from first round defeats.

Western Province, who were losing semifinalists last season, will meet the defending champion Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday in their opening match of the season after having a bye last week.

The Golden Lions, Griquas and the Sharks will be determined to make up for disappointing starts to the season.

The Golden Lions will host Griquas at Ellis Park in the opening match of the weekend on Saturday, while the Sharks will meet the Pumas at Kings Park later in the day. 

The Blue Bulls have a bye.

We take a look at all the Round Two action!

Saturday, July 29:

Golden Lions v Griquas
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 12.00; 10.00 GMT)

Griquas will field a vastly different side to the one that went down in a high-scoring match at Loftus Versfeld last week, with seven new personnel.

Experienced flyhalf George Whitehead starts and captain Adriaan Coertzen switches from fullback to wing, while the efficient Eric Zana takes over the No.15 jumper.
 
The Golden Lions team also shows six changes from last week's run-on side, which sees scrumhalf Dillon Smit replace the injured Marco Jansen van Vuren.

Flank Robert Kruger return from injury, while centre Jacques Nel, fullback Jaco van der Walt, wing Anthony Volminck and prop Justin Ackerman were drawn into the starting team with.
 
After going down at home last week, the Northern Cape side is expected to bounce back with intent, but they will expect tough competition from a Golden Lions side also licking their wounds after their narrow seven-point defeat last week.

Recent results:
2016: Griquas won 30-24, Kimberley
2015: Golden Lions won 29-19, Johannesburg
2014: Golden Lions won 46-8, Kimberley
2013: Golden Lions won 35-28, Johannesburg
2013: Golden Lions won 38-32, Kimberley

Prediction: It will be hard out there, but the Golden Lions will win it by 10 points or less.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Jarryd Sage, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (captain), 7 Robert Kruger, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Justin Ackerman, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Bradley Thain, 21 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom.

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Floris Pelser, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Le Roux, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Ederies Arendse, 22 Jonathan Francke.

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Marius Jonker with Lesego Legoete

Sharks v Pumas
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

Pumas head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was forced to make three injury-enforced changes to his team, which will see a new flank combination of Thembelani Bholi and Lambert Groenewald start, while the absence of centre Ryan Nell has resulted in a backline reshuffle and the inclusion of winger Jean-Paul Lewis.
 
The coach expected a hard-fought forward battle against the Sharks, who have loaded their team with Vodacom Super Rugby players following the conclusion of their campaign last week, with flyhalf Curwin Bosch, prop Thomas du Toit, hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, and loose forward-twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez, among others being named in their run-on side.
 
Their return is expected to inspire the KwaZulu-Natalians to register their first victory of the season and to build momentum early on in the series after losing out on a semi-final berth last year.

"The players have taken a lot of positive energy from the past game, but we can't get too comfortable," said Janse van Rensburg. "We need to press the reset button. The Sharks are a very good team - they are very abrasive, physical and direct."

Janse van Rensburg added that it will be critical to contain the Sharks at set pieces.

"We will have to contain them in the set piece. The Sharks work hard in the contact areas defensively as they try to hold you up or hit you back and stir the breakdown area. Our ball carrier body height and work rate of the cleaners will be key to securing possession. Every player will need to execute their duties on the field in order to put together another good performance," he said.

Meanwhile, Sharks hooker Franco Marais is under no illusions that his team is going to face a fired-up side keen on inflicting damage on them.

"This game is going to be tough and challenging," said Marais. "But it's nothing we aren't ready for and we're keen and eager to get going."

Recent results:
2016: Sharks won 33-10, Nelspruit
2015: Sharks won 27-26, Durban
2015: Pumas won 33-24, Nelspruit
2014: Pumas won 32-22, Nelspruit
2014: Sharks won 34-17, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have loaded their team with Super Rugby stars for this match and they are at home. The Sharks will win by 15 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.            
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Tyler Paul, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Inny Radebe.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jeremy Jordaan, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse Van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Jannie Stander, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Devon Williams.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Archie, Sehlako, Aimee Barrett-Theron
TMO: Johan Greeff

Sunday, July 30:

Free State Cheetahs v Western Province
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 14.30; 12.30 GMT)

Defending champions, the Free State Cheetahs, will be determined to use the winning momentum they built up in the opening round when they meet Western Province on Sunday.
 
The hosts have won the last two matches between the sides – one in Cape Town and the other in Bloemfontein - and interestingly, both of these victories have been by only seven points, meaning Sunday's clash could be another nail-biting encounter.
 
Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan made four personnel changes to his team, which sees Springbok forward Teboho Mohoje join forces in the loose trio with Uzair Cassiem and Neill Jordaan, while wing Makazole Mapimpi and replacement back Malcolm Jaer will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Bloemfontein side.
 
Western Province will announce their team later on Friday, but with their Super Rugby campaign over, their side is expected to feature several players who were in action in the quarterfinal last week.

"WP are always competitive," Duncan told rugby365. "We're expecting a tough game in Bloem. 

"[WP coach John] Dobson is a good coach and had impressive results in the National Provincial Challenge. Stormers/WP have always been good on the attack so we have prepped ourselves accordingly."

Mapimpi and Jaer will give the Cheetahs some added pace out wide.

"Our new recruits have settled in really well. They didn't take long to gain confidence in the Cheetahs family. I'm looking forward to seeing them wearing the Cheetah jersey for the first time this weekend," Duncan added.

Meanwhile, Dobson believes starting the competition with a bye this year was a positive for his team.

"It would have been the Provincial Challenge team in action this weekend. We saw what happened to the Lions when they went to the Pumas. So' am very grateful that we got a bye in the first round," said Dobson. 

"I think the bye just probably avoided us what could have been possibly a defeat at the start of the season."

Recent results:
2016: Cheetahs won 32-25, Cape Town
2015: Cheetahs won 28-21, Bloemfontein
2015: Western Province won 9-3, Cape Town
2014: Western Province won 34-29, Bloemfontein
2013: Western Province won 15-14, Cape Town

Prediction: The Free State Cheetahs are a formidable side, especially at home and they will edge Western Province by seven points or less. 

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Neill Jordaan, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Ryno Benjamin, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Michael Hazner, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Shickerling, 4 Chris van Zy (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Brandon Thomson.

Referee: AJ Jacobs 
Assistant referees: Jaco Kotze, Griffin Colby
TMO: JJ Wagner with Lourens van der Merwe

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Golden Lions edge Griquas in try-fest

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:00

MATCH REPORT: The Golden Lions recorded their first win in Currie Cup 2017 with a 48-43 victory over Griquas at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Both teams started their campaigns with a loss in Round One and were highly motivated to put things right in Johannesburg.

The Lions scored seven tries on their way to victory, while the Griquas were not far behind with six tries of their own.

After sustained pressure in Griquas' 22 in the opening few minutes, it was the Lions who opened the scoring when hooker Peter Jansen went over for a try from a driving maul in the fifth minute. Flyhalf Shaun Reynolds could not convert.

However, it did not take long for Griquas to hit back when scrumhalf Christiaan Meyer stretched out for a try from close range after a maul was set-up deep inside the Lions' 22. George Whitehead converted the try to put his team 7-5 in front after seven minutes.

Five minutes later it was the turn of the Lions again to threaten Griquas' defence and after some good work from scrumhalf Dillion Smit, centre Jacques Nel found himself in space to sprint in for his team's second try. This time Reynolds was able to convert to give his side a five-point lead. 

The Lions dominated territory and possession while they were in the lead before Griquas showed how lethal they are out wide at the halfway point in the first half.

From inside his own half, wing Enver Brandt found some space down the touchline before passing on the inside to Tertius Kruger who in turn gave the ball to Meyer who ran for his second try with Whitehead converting.

The see-saw nature of the game then continued when the Lions hit back with a converted try of their own when centre Jarryd Sage eluded a couple of Griquas defenders to go over for the score.

Minutes later the Lions would increase their lead when some more good work from scrumhalf Smit in the Griquas 22 saw wing Aphiwe Dyantyi get the ball in space to cross the whitewash in the corner. Reynolds landed a superb conversion to give his side a 26-14 lead at the 30-minute mark.

Whitehead reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 34th minute before he got his name to the list of try scorers after he intercepted a poor pass in the 37th minute to race away for a try. He converted his own try and Griquas were only two points behind going into the final two minutes of the half.  

However, it was the Lions who had the final say of the half when fullback Jaco van der Walt powered over for a try just before the half-time hooter sounded with Reynolds converting for a 33-24 lead.

The opening stages of the second half belonged to the Lions and they were rewarded when Van der Walt gathered a cross-kick from Reynolds before offloading to wing Madosh Tambwe to go over the tryline.

Moments later Tambwe was in again when he burst through some open space in the Griquas defence to sprint away for his second try of the game. Reynolds converted and the Lions had a comfortable 45-24 lead with less than 30 minutes left. 

Griquas took their time finding their feet in the second half, but they did take their opportunity in the 56th minute when replacement Ederies Arendse scored a try after sustained pressure in the Lions' 22.

Five minutes later the side from Kimberley were back in the game when wing Brandt intercepted a ball in his own half to run in for a score, which Whitehead converted. With just under 20 minutes left, Griquas were only nine points behind their hosts.

The next 15 minutes was a bit of an arm-wrestle before Griquas ensured an exciting finish when replacement Renier Botha got a five-pointer with Whitehead adding the extra two points with the boot with four minutes left on the clock.

However, it was the Lions who would have the final say when Reynolds slotted a penalty right at the end to put the game to bed.

Man of the match: Madosh Tambwe and George Whitehead both scored two tries in a highly entertaining game. However, the award goes to Lions scrumhalf Dillon Smit for his cool performance from the base of the ruck and his role in a couple of his team's tries as well.

The scorers:

For Golden Lions: 
Tries: Jansen, Nel, Sage, Dyanti, Van der Walt, Tambwe 2, 
Cons: Reynolds 5
Pen: Reynolds

For Griquas: 
Tries: Meyer 2, Whitehead, Arendse, Brandt, Botha
Cons: Whitehead 5
Pen: Whitehead

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Jarryd Sage, 11 Aphiwe Dyanti, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (captain), 7 Robert Kruger, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Justin Ackerman, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Bradley Thain, 21 Fabian Booysen, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom.

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Floris Pelser, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Le Roux, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Ederies Arendse, 22 Jonathan Francke.

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Marius Jonker with Lesego Legoete

Peter Jansen (5min), Jacques Nel (11min), Jarryd Sage (24min), Aphiwe Dyantyi (27min), Jaco van der Walt (40min), Madosh Tambwe (47min), and Madosh Tambwe (50min)
TRIES
Christiaan Meyer (6min), Christiaan Meyer (21min), George Whitehead (36min), Ederies Arendse (55min), Enver Brandt (60min), and Renier Botha (76min)
Shaun Reynolds (11min), Shaun Reynolds (25min), Shaun Reynolds (28min), Shaun Reynolds (40min), and Shaun Reynolds (50min)
CONVERSIONS
George Whitehead (7min), George Whitehead (21min), George Whitehead (37min), George Whitehead (60min), and George Whitehead (76min)
Shaun Reynolds (80min)
PENALTIES
George Whitehead (32min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Cwengile Jadezweni