Windhoek Draught Griquas Cruised To An Easy Win To Secure Place In Currie Cup Final

 

Defending Carling Currie Cup champions, the Vodacom Bulls, hosted a tricky visitor in Windhoek Draught Griquas on Friday evening hoping to secure their third Carling Currie Cup final in a row. Unfortunately, the Griquas started to dominate in the second half to win 30-14 and secure their place in the final next week Saturday.

The first half was a very even affair with the Bulls leading with 07-03 at the end thereof. However, the second half belonged to the visitors who once again ended with a strong performance to easily secure their place in next weekend's Carling Currie Cup final.

20:00 The first twenty minutes of the match were scoreless with both teams who had their opportunities on the attack, however, the Bulls did enjoy a territorial and possessional advantage at that stage.

24:59 Captain Lizo Gqoboka scored the Bulls' first points from the back of a 5m lineout maul. (07-00)

42:06 George Whitehead converted a penalty for the Griquas. (07-03)

40:00 The match is still balanced on a knife's edge with both teams struggling to establish dominance over the other. A typical playoff battle with the Griquas ending the first half the stronger of the two sides.

41:54 George Whitehead converted his second penalty for Griquas. (07-06)

47:42 Jacques van Rooyen (Bulls) was sent off with a yellow card.

50:06 George Whitehead converted the third penalty for Griquas who took the lead for the first time in the match. (07-09)

54:08 Hanru Sirgel scored the Griquas' first try from a movement that started in their own half. (07-16)

60:00 Griquas started dominating the match in the third quarter and scored ten unanswered points to take a 16-07 lead going into the final twenty minutes.

65:56 George Whitehead forced his way over the Bulls' tryline following an extended period of pressure by the visitors. (23-07)

71:15 Bernard vd Linde took a great gap to score the Bulls' second try of the match. (14-23)

74:12 A penalty try was awarded to Griquas. (14-30)

79:21 Juan Mostert scored a consolation try for the hosts (19-30)

Scorers:
Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Lizo Gqoboka, Bernard vd Linde, Juan Mostert. Conversions: Juan Mostert (2).
Windhoek Draught Griquas: Tries: Hanru Sirgel, George Whitehead, Penalty try. Conversions: George Whitehead (2). Penalties: George Whitehead (3)

Teams:

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Richard Kriel, 14. Tharquinn Manuel, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 11. Stedman Gans, 10. Juan Mostert, 9. Keagan Johannes, 8. Muller Uys, 7. Ruan Delport, 6. Jaco Labuschagne, 5. Reinhardt Ludwig, 4. Raynard Roets, 3. Jacques van Rooyen, 2. Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 1. Lizo Gqoboka (c). Replacements: 16. Sidney Tobias, 17. Dylan Smith, 18. Francois Klopper, 19. Willie Potgieter, 20. Stephan Smit, 21. Bernard van der Linde, 22. Niel Beukes, 23. Quewin Nortje.

Windhoek Draught Griquas: 15. Ashlon Davids, 14. Munier Hartzenberg, 13. Sango Xamlashe, 12. Rynardt Jonker, 11. Luther Obi, 10. Alex-Zander du Plessis, 9. Johan Mulder, 8. Sibabalo Qoma, 7. Hanru Sirgel, 6. Niel Otto (c), 5. Derik Pretorius, 4. Johan Retief, 3. Janu Botha, 2. Janco Uys, 1. Kudzwai Dube. Replacements: 16.Gustav du Rand, 17. Edward Davids, 18. Andries Schutte, 19. Cameron Lindsay, 20. Werner Gouws, 21. Theo Boshoff, 22. George Whitehead, 23. Christopher Hollis.