Griquas grind out a win

2013-10-19 00:00

KIMBERLEY — Griquas have beaten the Pumas 21-19 in their Currie Cup promotion/relegation match in Kimberley yesterday thanks to a last-minute converted try after they were left trailing 13-0 at half time.

The Pumas started the better of the two sides and put the hosts under pressure early on. That allowed visiting flyhalf Carl Bezuidenhout to settle things down with a penalty in the third minute. Griquas kept on infringing in the opening minutes and Bezuidenhout got another chance at goal to stretch the Pumas lead to six points in the first ten minutes.

The Pumas scored again in the 22nd minute when centre Wilmaure Louw pounced on a loose ball resulting from a good Pumas scrum. Bezuidenhout converted to give the visitors a 13-point lead.

Griquas were their own worst enemy in the first half, squandering chances by either conceding penalties on their own attacking mauls or by making unforced errors.

The Pumas started at a steady pace in the second half, but again it was Griquas who played better rugby.

They finally got on the score board in the 56th minute after replacement loose forward Carel Greeff scored in the corner.

Fullback Gouws Prinsloo converted to bring his side within seven points with 24 minutes remaining. Centre Jean Stemmet also dotted down to give the hosts the lead by a single point. But it was Marnus Schoeman who had the last say for Griquas, scoring from a driving maul on the final whistle with Prinsloo converting for the victory.

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