Fri 9 Jul 2021 | 01:45

Currie Cup race wide open says Griquas boss

Currie Cup race wide open says Griquas boss
Fri 9 Jul 2021 | 01:45
Currie Cup race wide open says Griquas boss
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REACTION: Griquas blew the Currie Cup race wide open following their win over Western Province on Wednesday.

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The Western Province were primed to cement their top spot on the Currie Cup table.

However, Griquas had other plans as they went toe to toe with the log-leaders.

The men from Kimberley scored a converted try at the death for a hard-fought 30-28 win over Province at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

Both teams scored three tries apiece, however, it was the Griquas who secured their second win of the season.

The win means the Griquas moved from fifth to third on the table with 10 log points.

Pumas (second) and the Bulls (fourth) are the other teams who have 10 points on the table.

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However, the Pumas and Bulls have only played three games while Griquas and Western Province have played four games.

The Sharks find themselves in fifth with seven log points having played just two games.

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Speaking to reporters following the win over WP, Griquas coach Scott Mathie predicted a very tight Currie Cup conclusion.

“It looks likes it’s going to be a very tight Currie Cup competition,” Mathi said.

“Everyone is beating everyone and there are wins and losses all over the place.

“I think we just have to keep up with the pack and make sure we keep recording wins.

“Who knows at the end of this competition it could be very exciting.”

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Consistency for Griquas

Griquas will want to build on their win as they face another big challenge in the shape of Bulls, who are facing a Covid-19 outbreak.

Mathie said his side’s know they can secure big wins. However, he has pinpointed the set-piece as their achilles heel.

“Consistency has been a challenge for us,” Mathie said.

“We know we are highly competitive against any team and can beat any team but it is just about being more clinical with the ball.

“Think it’s about dominating those pressure moments and against WP we did really well.

“Our players got a taste of that now and they will take a lot of confidence from this win.”

He added: “Set-pieces has been our challenge for a while now.

“Our scrums went really well.

“But at the line-outs, we just need to get that knowledge that we can get 90 percent of the ball. I think that is where we are struggling to launch.

“We certainly need better launch ball so that we can attack more and keep ball in hand more.”

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