Griquas into SuperSport Rugby Challenge semis
June 30, 2018
The Tafel Lager Griquas showed no mercy as they thrashed the visiting Boland Cavaliers 51-22 (halftime 30-10) to book their place in the semi-finals of the SuperSport Challenge on Saturday at Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley.

The hosts, who had topped the Central Section, opened the scoring through winger Kyle Steyn barely two minutes after referee Stephan Geldenhuys blew the whistle to start the match.

The Cavaliers responded with a penalty by veteran pivot Elgar Watts before Griquas flyhalf George Whitehead did the same to make it 10-3 after 14 minutes.

Ederies Arendse, playing on the other wing, emulated Steyn by scoring shortly thereafter and the successful conversion saw the hosts lead 17-3.

A converted try by lock Rinus Bothma saw the Cavaliers close the gap but Whitehead kept the scoreboard ticking over with his second penalty of the match.

Replacement De Wet Kruger scored his side’s third try and the conversion and a subsequent penalty by Whitehead made it 30-10 at the break.

Flanker Sias Koen scored the fourth after the break to make it 37-10 before the Cavaliers managed to claw one back through winger Charles Mayeza.

The very experienced AJ Coertzen, playing in the fullback position, went over shortly thereafter for the first of his two tries. He grabbed his brace a few minutes later and at the conversion by replacement Andre Swarts brought up the half century for the Griquas.

Centre Edwin Sass managed to score a try on his 50th appearance for the Cavaliers, but at that stage it was only applying makeup to a pig as the final score of 51-22 reflected the dominant performance of the Griquas.

As long as Griquas keep playing at their home ground one feels that they are in with a good chance to go one better than last year and capture the SuperSport Challenge Trophy.


Tafel Lager Griquas - Tries: Kyle Steyn, Ederies Arendse, De Wet Kruger, Sias Koen, AJ Coertzen (2). Conversions: George Whitehead (5), Andre Swarts. Penalties: Whitehead (3)
Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Rinus Bothma, Charles Mayeza, Edwin Sass. Conversions: Watts (2). Penalty: Elgar Watts

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