Currie Cup Premier Division Review – Round 3

 The deadly boot of flyhalf Elton Jantjies ensured that defending champions the Golden Lions climbed back to the top of the Currie Cup Premier Division standings, while there were also wins for the Free State Cheetahs and Blue Bulls in Round three of South Africa’s premier domestic competition.


The Lions edged out Western Province 26-23 at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday for their second win in three outings.


This result puts the Gauteng-based side ahead of the Sharks on points difference. WP, meanwhile, slumped to a second defeat and now lie in an unfamiliar fifth place on the log, with six points.


The Cheetahs came away from Park in Kimberley with a full haul of five log points following their 29-16 win over hosts Griquas, leaving the men from Bloemfontein tied with the Lions and Sharks on nine log points, but third on points difference.


Griquas, in contrast, find themselves rooted at the bottom of the table after a third consecutive defeat.


And in Saturday’s other match, the Sharks were no match for Blue Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouche’s boot, the pivot kicking 27 points in a 42-31 victory at Loftus Versfeld to move the Pretoria-based side to fourth on the table – just one point adrift of the leaders.


Currie Cup Premier Division Log – After Round 3:


TEAM P W L D PF PA TF TA BP -7 BP T PTS
Lions 3 2 1 0 83 73 7 7 0 1 9
Sharks 3 2 1 0 86 79 10 7 0 1 9
Cheetahs 3 2 1 0 81 77 8 8 0 1 9
Blue Bulls 3 2 1 0 95 83 7 8 0 0 8
WP 3 1 2 0 71 71 7 7 2 0 6
Griquas 3 0 3 0 56 89 7 9 1 0 1


Top 10 point-scorers – After Round 3:


PLAYER T C P D PTS
Louis Fouche 0 6 15 1 60
Riaan Smit 0 4 7 0 29
Butch James 0 5 5 0 25
Demetri Catrakilis 0 4 5 0 23
Meyer Bosman 0 5 4 0 22
Elton Jantjies 0 0 7 0 21
Francois Brummer 0 3 4 1 21
CJ Stander 3 0 0 0 15
Raymond Rhule 3 0 0 0 15
Riaan Viljoen 0 4 1 1 14


Griquas vs Free State Cheetahs


The Free State Cheetahs turned in a strong second-half performance to down a spirited Griquas at Park in Kimberley on Saturday. The Cheetahs, after being under the cosh for much of the first half, ran in three tries after the break as the hosts slipped to their third consecutive defeat.


Griquas enjoyed almost total domination during the first quarter and were only prevented from scoring by a strong cross-wind, which made goal kicking particularly difficult, some tenacious defending from the Cheetahs and handling errors at crucial moments.


Griquas held a 10-3 lead thanks to tries from Ligtoring Landman and Rocco Jansen, but the Cheetahs were stung into action and, with the half-time hooter having already sounded, the visitors opted to take a tap penalty five metres from the host’s tryline which resulted in flanker Pieter Labuschagne burrowing his way over for a converted try to level the scores.


The home team had enjoyed 71 percent possession in the first half and they opened the scoring in the second when flyhalf Francois Brummer popped over a close-range penalty, but another bullocking run from Labuschagne eventually led to a try for his fellow Cheetahs loose forward Frans Viljoen.


The visitors grabbed another try four minutes later after they took the ball through 10 phases before a sniping break from Sarel Pretorius saw the scrumhalf pop a scoring pass to left wing Raymond Rhule as the Cheetahs took a 22-13 lead after 56 minutes.


Brummer narrowed the gap with a 63rd minute penalty but the Cheetahs scored their bonus-point try soon after when Pretorius slid over from close range.


Final Score Griquas (10) 16 Free State Cheetahs (10) 29


Scorers


Griquas
Tries: Rynard Landman, Rocco Jansen
Penalties: Francois Brummer (2).


Cheetahs
Tries: Sarel Pretorius, Raymond Rhule,

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