We discuss the week’s action – Week Ending 04072021


It was a Carling Currie Cup weekend to cherish for the Toyota Cheetahs who broke their Premier Division duck earning their first log points with a win against Pumas. In the first match of the Carling Currie Cup Griquas won against Western Province which must be one of the bigger upsets of the 2021 Carling Currie Cup season.

Late Griquas try secured a rare Cape Town Win.

Tafel Lager Griquas shocked DHL Western Province in the Mother City on Wednesday, beating the hosts 30-28 to secure a dramatic Carling Currie Cup victory at Cape Town Stadium.

Cameron Lindsay (lock) scored a try in injury time that levelled the scores before George Whitehead (flyhalf) kicked the match-winning conversion. The men from the Northern Caps deserved the win, even if only for a bigger hunger to get over the line.

With DHL WP leading by 22-17 at halftime, Tafel Lager Griquas refused to give up and in the lead-up to Lindsay's try and the final conversion had another try ruled out due to a forward pass and knocked the ball on with an open try-line begging.

It was apt that Whitehead kicked the match-winning points as the veteran flyhalf kept the visitors in the hunt, responding to every surge DHL WP showed with good touch finders and his tally of three conversions and three penalty goals was as crucial as the last burst over the line by the visiting pack, with Lindsay amongst a heap of bodies that drove over the line.

DHL WP 28 (22) – Tries: JJ Kotze (2), Sergeal Petersen. Conversions: Tim Swiel (2). Penalties: Tim Swiel (3).
Tafel Lager Griquas 30 (17) – Tries: Ashlon Davids, Daniel Kasende, Cameron Lindsay. Conversions: George Whitehead (3). Penalties: George Whitehead (3).

Cheetahs edge Pumas in a nail-biter.

The Toyota Cheetahs clinched a morale-boosting win when they pipped the New Nation Pumas 17-16 in a Carling Currie Cup cliff-hanger in chilly Bloemfontein on Friday afternoon.

Having endured a hammering at the hands of Tafel Lager Griquas in their opening encounter following a bye in round one and seen their fixture against the Vodacom Bulls scrapped due to COVID-19 protocols, the Free Staters were desperate to open their account and had it all to do as they were without 16 players as well as head coach Hawies Fourie.

Tafel Lager Griquas’ stunning 30-28 upset victory over DHL Western Province on Wednesday opened the door for the Lowvelders to leapfrog the Capetonians at the top of the table, but the Toyota Cheetahs slammed it shut as two second-half tries paved the way for a thrilling victory.

Toyota Cheetahs 17 (3) – Tries: Ruan Pienaar, Lesley Botha. Conversions: Pienaar (2). Penalty: Ruan Pienaar.
New Nation Pumas 16 (6) – Try: Penalty try. Penalties: Eddie Fouché (3).


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B&I Lions punish ill-disciplined Sharks in Pretoria.

Jamie George, Tadhg Beirne and Anthony Watson scored two tries each as the British & Irish Lions kept their unbeaten streak on the Castle Lager Lions Series alive with a 71-31 win over the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria, with a red card to the Durbanites’ scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse costing his team dearly.

When Hendrikse was given his marching orders for foul play in the 46th minute, the scores were tied at 26-26 after the Cell C Sharks played with a lot more composure than three days ago, using their opportunities and scoring four first-half tries against the tourists.
However, playing with only 14 men against quality international opposition is very tough and the Lions pounced properly, making the KwaZulu-Natalians pay for some lacklustre defence and bad discipline, stepping on the accelerator and scoring seven tries and 45 points after the break.

Cell C Sharks 31 (26) – Tries: Anthony Volmink (2), Thaakir Abrahams, Jaden Hendrikse, Werner Kok. Conversions: Lionel Cronje (3).
British & Irish Lions 71 (26) – Tries: Chris Harris, Jamie George (2), Duhan van der Merwe, Tadhg Beirne (2), Jack Conan, Elliot Daly, Tom Curry, Anthony Watson (2). Conversions: Dan Biggar (8).