Driven Griffons draw first blood

2015-09-02 06:00
THE Griffons scrumhalf Boela Abrahams finding his way through the wall of defenders of the Boland Cavaliers in Saturday’s (29/08) First Division Currie Cup fixture. 

Photo: Molly Green

THE Griffons scrumhalf Boela Abrahams finding his way through the wall of defenders of the Boland Cavaliers in Saturday’s (29/08) First Division Currie Cup fixture. Photo: Molly Green

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THE Down Touch Griffons’ rampant 62-24 demolition of the Boland Cavaliers in their Absa Currie Cup First Division match sent a warning signal to Border ahead of Friday’s fixture.

In last Saturday’s (29/08) fixture the Griffons capitalised on their home-turf advantage to outclass the visitors. The emphatic win was a positive start for the Welkom-based team in defense of the crown it had won last year in 2014 after beating the Hino Valke by 23-21 in Welkom.

Friday’s match in East London, in the backyard of the hosts, Border, will test the defending champion’s ability in its ambition to successfully defend the title.

The East London-based side is still reeling after its 48-27 hammering by the Valke in their opening fixture, also played on Saturday.

Victory for the Griffons against Boland will boost the team’s prospects of reaching the semi-final and inspire the players to go all the way to defend the title.

The Griffons’ next hurdles in the title defence are the Leopards and the Valke.

Both the Leopards and the Valke recorded significant victories in their opening fixtures of the First Division Currie Cup.

The Leopards registered a hard-fought 36-31 win over the SWD Eagles, while the Valke beat Border by 48-27. Following their wins, the Leopards and Valke are automatically in the race to wrestle the championship from the Welkom-based team.

Moving forward in the hunt for Currie Cup glory, the Griffons team hopes to retain the impressive form that saw seven of its players score tries.

The try scorers against Boland include the usual suspects: Martin Sithole, Boela Abrahams and Frans Sisita.

The Griffons ran in ten tries in their opening fixture of the tournament

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