Griquas keep EP Kings winless in Currie Cup

The Eastern Province Kings will have to wait another week for their first Currie Cup victory this season after they were beaten 45-25 by Griquas at GWK Park in Kimberley.

The result keeps Griquas in the fight for Currie Cup survival after they scored
seven tries, and are still in with a shout to finish the group stages among
the top six sides and keep their spot in next year’s Premier Division.

Griquas started well and came into points as soon as the fifth minute as flanker
Marnus Schoeman dotted down after some good pressure by the hosts. Fullback
Gouws Prinsloo converted, giving the Peacock Blues an early 7-0 lead.

The Kings reduced the lead to just four points in the 14th minute as flyhalf
Gary van Aswegen kicked a penalty. Van Aswegen was again called to action to
kick a conversion as the Kings were awarded a penalty try after Schoeman collapsed
their driving maul.

That also left the hosts with 14 men for ten minutes as Schoeman was yellow
carded for what was considered a professional foul. Van Aswegen kicked another
penalty in the 27th minute to stretch the Kings lead to six points.

Just after the half hour mark, Griquas regained the lead as turnover possession
led to a try for lock Hugo Kloppers. Prinsloo converted, giving the Kimberley-based
his side a one point lead going into the break.

In the second half, Kloppers scored his second of the afternoon and Prinsloo
converted.

Three tries were to follow in quick succession. First hooker Martin Bezuidenhout
dotted down, before Schoeman got his second of the afternoon and centre Jonathan
Francke also got into the points as the Kings were reduced to nothing more than
defending.

Kings centre Shane Gates did score an unconverted try later on, but it proved
little more than scant consolation.

A try by Griquas winger PJ Vermeulen at the death made the hosts’ victory even
more comprehensive.

Final Score Griquas 45 (14) EP Kings 25 (13)

Scorers

Griquas
Tries: Marnus Schoeman (2), Hugo Kloppers (2), Martin Bezuidenhout, Jonathan
Francke, PJ Vermeulen
Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (5).

EP Kings
Tries: Penalty Try, Shane Gates (2)
Conversions: Gary van Aswegen, George Whitehead
Penalties: Gary van Aswegen (2).

Kings

Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ronnie Cooke, Tim Whitehead, Shane Gates, Ntabeni Dukisa, Gary van Aswegen, Tobie Botes, Tim Agaba, Devin Oosthuizen, Paul Schoeman, Steven Cummins, Cameron Lindsay, CJ van der Linde, Martin Ferreira, Charles Marais.

Replacements: Albe de Swardt, Charl du Plessis, Darron Nell, Steven Sykes, Thembelani Bholi, Kevin Luiters, George Whitehead, Scott van Breda.

Griquas

Gouws Prinsloo, Danie Dames, Jonathan Francke, Wayne Stevens (captain), PJ Vermeulen, Dean Grant, Tian Meyer, Ruaan Lerm, Carel Greeff, Marnus Schoeman, Jaco Nepgen, Hugo Kloppers, Maks van Dyk, Martin Bezuidenhout, Janro van Niekerk.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Simon Westraadt, Jonathan Adendorf, RJ Liebenberg, Dustin Jinka, Ederies Arendse, Jacquin Jansen.

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