Griffons beat Leopards and win Currie Cup 1st division

Veteran Kennedy Tsimba and teenager Cecil Afrika gutted the Leopards on their home soil in Potchefstroom on Friday night to deservedly win the First Division title with a score of 31-26.

Afrika, a school kid from Harmonie in Virginia, scored a brace of tries to set up the five point victory.

He scored the second of his tries, and what proved the winning try, in the 30th minute of the second half. Tsimba didn’t put a foot wrong in a exciting final, which proved to be a good showpiece for the First Division.

The veteran scored 16 points and in the end his boot proved to be the difference.

The Leopards often threatened to win the title, but made too many unforced errors to challenge for the title.

In many ways the visitors from Welkom out-thought their counterparts – and hats off to coach Harry Pienaar and his Purple People Eaters.

It was a tactical error to change hookers midway in the second half and Afrika scored his first try when Pellow van der Westhuizen mssed his very first lineout.

The Griffons made less errors – and the team that makes the least mistakes often wins finals.

The Leopards loose-forwards Jaco Bouwer, RW Kember and captain Riaan Swanepoel played their guts out and the forwards can’t be blamed for the loss.

The backs never clicked and it is an open question why a try scorer like Jan van Zyl didn’t get more game-time.

There were moments of magic from Vuyo Zangqa and Deon van Rensburg, but the mistakes overshadowed these efforts. But it wasn’t a two-men show that sunk the Leopards.

Ashley Johnson is a brilliant footballer and the Griffons a well-coached team.

Final Score Leopards 26 Griffons 31


Tries: Riaan Swanepoel, RW Kember, Jaco Bouwer.
Conversion: Clayton Durand.
Penalties: Durand (3).

Tries: Howard Noble, Cecil Afrika (2).
Conversions: Kennedy Tsimba (2).
Penalties: Tsimba (4)


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