Lions beat Griquas to secure second Currie Cup win

Marnitz Boshoff comes into the Golden Lions starting line up

The Golden Lions secured their second Currie Cup victory when they beat Griquas 32-38 at Kimberley on Saturday.

Griquas led the Golden Lions 19-17 at half time after the hosts scored three first tries via centre Jean Stemmet, full back PJ Vermeulen and eighthman Carel Greeff.

Fly half Francois Brummer kicked two conversions.

Hooker Robbie Coetzee and wingers Anthony Volmink and Andries Coetzee scored for the Lions. Full back Marnitz Boshoff kicked one conversion in the first half.

The Lions played running rugby from the start, but Griquas struck first. The
hosts scored their first try in the fourth minute when centre Howard Mnisi broke
through their defence and his fellow centre Jean Stemmet dotted down. Flyhalf
Francois Brummer missed with the conversion.

Lions hooker Robbie Coetzee scored his side’s first five pointer of the afternoon
after flyhalf Elton Jantjies found a gap in Griquas defence. Fullback Marnitz
Boshoff converted to put his side in the lead.

From there the Johannesburg based side kept on building momentum and scored
their second try shortly after through an Anthony Volmink five-pointer in the
corner, and Boshoff missed the conversion.

Griquas replied when fullback PJ Vermeulen rounded off under the posts after
a good break by his hooker and captain Ryno Barnes. Brummer converted to level
the scores at 12 points all with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first
half.

The visitors scored their third try with winger Andries Coetzee using space
on the outside and cross the whitewash for an unconverted try.

But it was Griquas who had the last say in the first half when eighth man Carel
Greeff burst over from a scrum five metres from the Lions goalline to help give
his side a lead of 19-17 at the break.

Brummer kicked a penalty in the early stages of the second half to give Griquas
a five point lead, but the Lions soon drew level after a try in the corner by
lock Franco van der Merwe. Jantjies converted to give the lead back to the visitors.

But Griquas were far from done and centre Howard Mnisi scored the bonus point
for his side after Jantjies knocked the ball on 20 metres from his own goal
line.

Brummer converted to give Griquas the lead, but the Lions hit back shortly
after.

Boshoff might have had problems with his goal kicking early on, but he made
no mistake scoring his try. Jantjies converted to leave the Lions one point
adrift.

Jantjies was soon called on again to convert flanker Jaco Kriel’s try, the
sixth of the afternoon for the visitors.

With nine minutes left, Volmink was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle on
Brummer. It left the visitors one man short, but despite all their efforts the
hosts could not reduce the deficit.

Final Score Griquas 32 (19) Golden Lions 38 (17)

Scorers

Golden Lions
Tries: Robbie Coetzee, Anthony Volmink, Andries Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe,
Marnitz Boshoff, Jaco Kriel
Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff, Elton Jantjies (3).

Griquas
Tries: Jean Stemmet. PJ Vermeulen, Carel Greeff, Howard Mnisi
Conversions: Francois Brummer (3)
Penalties: Francois Brummer (2).

Match Officials
Referee
: Jason Jaftha
Assistant Referees: Lusanda Jam and Nico Smal
TMO: Johan Greeff with JJ Wagner in training

Teams

Griquas: PJ Vermeulen; Richard Lawson, Jean Stemmet, Howard Mnisi, Rocco Jansen; Francois Brummer, Marnus Hugo; Carel Greeff, Burger Schoeman, Marnus Schoeman, Victor Kruger, Patrick O’Brien, Nick Schonert, Ryno Barnes (c), Steph Roberts.

Replacements: Matthew Dobson, Brummer Badenhorst, Dalton D

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