Kotze stars in Griffons’ win
September 09, 2017

Flyhalf Jaun Kotze contributed 18 points as Down Touch Griffons beat SWD Eagles 57-22 (halftime 26-17) in their Currie Cup First Division rugby match at a sunny HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom, on Saturday.

Kotze scored two of the home team’s nine tries and also added four conversions to complete a good afternoon for the pivot in front of a disappointing crowd of about 100 people.

The match was expected to be a thrilling affair taking into account how tight the fixtures have been between the two sides in the recent past

but the Griffons overcame a slow start to run riot over their Southern Cape visitors in the second half.

The Griffons came into the match off two consecutive victories while SWD had a fine win in their last fixture after an opening round loss.

And SWD displayed promising signs early on as they raced to a 14-0 lead in as many minutes.

First it was flank Freginald Africa who got in for the opening try of the game which was converted by fullback Leighton Eksteen.

The Griffons’ cause was not helped when left wing Tertius Maarman was shown yellow as early as the ninth minute. With the home team down to 14 men, it was the turn of right wing Marlo Wiech to score his team’s second try which was converted by Eksteen.

But, the Griffons slowly started to get their act together. After referee Lourens van der Merwe had awarded them a penalty try that in resulted in Weich being binned for 10 minutes, scrumhalf Gideon Venter scored again and centre Duan Pretorius added the extra points to level matters through 22 minutes.

Eksteen got SWD’s nose ahead with a penalty kick but that only seemed to spark the home team into action.

The Griffons added two tries before halftime through tighthead prop Cornelius Kramer and lock Neil Claassen, one of which was converted by Kotze.

SWD narrowed the gap soon after the break when Weich got in for his second try but from then on it was the Griffons’ show.

Fullback Selvyn Davids scored two tries as did Kotze while centre Arthur Williams added the other to complete the rout and a deserved bonus-point victory for the homeside.


Griffons – Tries: Penalty try, Gideon Venter, Cornelius Kramer, Neil Claassen, Selvyn Davids (2), Arthur Williams, Jaun Kotze (2)
Conversions: Duan Pretorius, Jaun Kotze (4)

SWD Eagles – Tries: Freginald Africa, Marlo Weich (2)
Conversions: Leighton Eksteen (2); Penalties: Leighton Eksteen

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