Griffons beat Platinum Leopards in Currie Cup

Wing Reinhardt Erwee was the star of the show at the North West Stadium in Welkom, his 26-point Currie Cup haul giving those 200 diehard Griffons fans in attendance renewed hope that their team have finally turned the corner after a couple of lean seasons.


The Griffons kicked off their season with a come-from-behind 37-27 away win over the Valke in Round 1, and in similar but more familiar surroundings the home side sounded a warning that they are not to be taken lightly by the chasing pack.


Erwee kicked 21 points and bagged another five with an excellent try, but the scoreboard doesn’t reflect entirely just how tough the match was against a Leopards side coming off an impressive 32-23 home victory over the Pumas in Round 1.


There were only seven points in it as the match entered the last 15 minutes, the Griffons holding onto a slender 27-20 lead.

 

But Erwee then crossed for a try he converted himself, before centre Werner Griesel’s post-hooter effort earned what could yet turn out to be a crucial bonus point.

Final Score Griffons 41 (16) Platinum Leopards 20 (3)


Scorers:


Griffons
Tries: Japie Nel, Tertius Maarman, Reinhardt Erwee, Werner Griesel
Conversions: Erwee (3)
Penalties: Erwee (5).


Platinum Leopards
Tries: George Tossel (2), Juan Pretorius
Conversion: Adriaan Engelbrecht
Penalty: Gerhard Nortier.

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