SWD Eagles hold off Griffons in Currie Cup

The SWD Eagles held off a strong second-half fightback by the Griffons to seal a tight victory in their Currie Cup First Division clash at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.


The hosts scored all their opening-period points inside 18 minutes thanks to tries from Alshaun Bock and Grant Kemp.


A one-sided encounter was well on the cards at that stage, but the match took a dramatic twist after the restart when the Eagles were reduced to 13 men – paving the way for a strong comeback via scores from Hansie Graaff and Nicky Steyn.


However, the Griffons fell just short and in the process missed the chance to make up ground on the log-leading Eastern Province Kings.


The Eagles on the other hand stayed in fifth place, but their performance was far from convincing in front of their home fans.


They made a flying start to the match and were ahead just four minutes in when winger Bock crossed for the opening try, which was converted by Elric van Vuuren.


Fullback Van Vuuren added a penalty moments later, before the lead was stretched to 17-0 shortly before the first quarter mark when prop Kemp bulldozed his way over for another converted score.


But the Eagles then seemed to go to sleep, with the visitors coming out firing after the restart, and it needed a late penalty from home fullback Elric van Vuuren to make sure of the win.


Final Score SWD Eagles (17) 20 Griffons (0) 13


Scorers


Eagles
Tries: Grant Kemp, Alshaun Bock
Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (2)
Penalties: Van Vuuren (2)


Griffons
Tries: Nicky Steyn, Hansie Graaff
Penalty: Tiaan van Wyk.

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