Sharks top Currie Cup log after crushing win against Griquas

2009-08-24 00:00

THE Sharks, 41-6 victors over Griquas at King’s Park on Saturday, are perfectly placed after the first round of the Currie Cup with a three-point lead at the top of the log.

The Sharks, with six successive wins since they lost to Western Province in Cape Town, have overtaken log leaders Griquas. They have four home games in the second round with the first on Saturday against Western Province at King’s Park.

The Sharks ran in five tries without reply. Waylon Murray, back from injury, knocked down a Griqua pass, picked up and ran 50 metres to score. Charl McLeod rounded off a Craig Burden charge for the second; Keegan Daniel broke strongly to set set up a long-range try for Monty Dumond; wing Lwazi Mvovo showed his speed in cutting through a gap for the fourth; and Daniel was at the back of a pushover scrum for the fifth.

Dumond landed all five conversions and two penalties and the Sharks gained a surprisingly easy win over an off-colour, error-ridden Griquas.

Griquas captain Jonathan Mokuena praised the Sharks: “We were beaten by a classier side and it showed in all areas. We had opportunities early on and that cost us.’

Sharks in-form captain Stefan Terblanche, named man of the match, said the Sharks played “their best game of the season” in clinically cutting down the Griquas.

In Cape Town, Western Province recorded their fifth win by beating the Lions 25-20.

The hosts ran in three tries to the one scored by their Johannesburg opponents. WP captain Luke Watson, fullback Joe Pietersen and loose forward Duane Vermeulen were the try scorers while scrumhalf Jano Vermaak was the Lions’ only try-scorer.

“We broke the Lions just before half-time with that try by Joe Pietersen,” said coach Allister Coetzee.

“It would have been nice to score four tries and get the bonus point, but how many teams actually pick up five points against the Lions?”

Springbok wing Jongi Nokwe ran in four tries as the Cheetahs defeated the Boland Cavaliers 59-8 in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Bulls easily defeated the Leopards 44-11 at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria on Friday night.

Sharks 41 Griquas 6

SCORERS

Sharks - Tries: Waylon Murray, Charl McLeod, Monty Dumond, Lwazi Mvovo, Keegan Daniel; Conversions: Monty Dumond (5); Penalties: Dumond (2). Griquas - Penalties: Naas Olivier (2).

WP 25 Lions 20

SCORERS

WP – Tries: Luke Watson, Joe Pietersen, Duane Vermeulen; Conversions: Pietersen (2); Penalties: Pietersen (2). Lions – Try: Jano Vermaak; Penalties: Herkie Kruger (5).

Free State 59 Boland 8

SCORERS

Free State - Tries: Hennie Daniller (2), Jongi Nokwe (4), Frans Viljoen, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Wian du Preez; Conversions: Potgieter (4), Louis Strydom (2). Boland - Try: Cornel Hendricks; Penalty: Justin Peach.

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