Sharks upset by Griquas in Currie Cup

As was the case in last year’s opening weekend of the Currie Cup, Griquas were once again responsible for a surprise result when they defeated the Sharks 40 – 34 in an exciting match played on Saturday afternoon.


They overcame a 14 point deficit at half time to gather five log points on their home ground.


The Sharks seemed to be too strong in the first half, but the home team showed hunger in the second half taking the lead in the 65th minute for the first time in the encounter and not conceding it again.


After a Naas Olivier penalty got the scoreboard rolling, the Sharks answered with the first of ten tries of the afternoon when they created a man extra on the lefthand touchline and Lwazi Mvovo (wing) had an easy run-in.


They stretched their lead with a second try in the 22nd minute when the Griquas were caught napping.


After Griquas were penalized in the scrum, eighthman Keegan Daniel quickly tapped and fed his flyhalf Steve Meyer to score in the same spot as Mvovo.


Griquas’s mauling, traditionally one of their strong points, were again used to effect as hooker Ryno Barnes finished a well orchestrated driving mall.


As was the case with Meyer’s try, flanker Michael Rhodes also scored a very soft try when Griquas thought their opponents were going to kick for goal. Scrumhalf Rory Kockott tapped quickly and fed Rhodes who only had to dive over the line.


riquas, who played against a strong wind in the first 40 minutes, had a few chances just before the break to close the gap, but the tall Sharks lock, Alistair Hargreaves, twice stole their lineout throw.


Dawie Theron, coach of the winning team, must have had strong words in the change room because his lads played with a different attitude in the second half.


First loose-head prop, Steph Roberts dotted down for Griquas before the try of the match was scored in the 53rd minute by Bjorn Basson who ran 60 meters from turnover ball.


As was the case so often in the match, the hard work was undone when the Sharks scored their fourth try from the very next kickoff.


Griquas couldn’t control the receiving kick and the Sharks took the ball through the phases before Mvovo did well to score his second in the corner.


Griquas’ confidence started to grow and tries followed by Wilkens and Basson. The Sharks did fight back with a try by prop Pat Cilliers, but it turned out to not be enough to deny Griquas a perfect start to the competition.


Final Score Griquas 40 Sharks 34


Scorers:


Sharks:
Tries: Lwazi Mvovo (2), Steve Meyer, Michael Rhodes, Pat Cilliers.
Conversions: Rory Kockott (2), Monty Dumond.
Penalty: Kockott.


Griquas:
Tries: Rayno Barnes, Steph Roberts, Bjorn Basson (2), Wesley Wilkins.
Conversions: Naas Olivier (3).
Penalties: Olivier (3).

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