Griquas crowned champions

2014-05-17 00:00

KIMBERLEY — GWK Griquas have been crowned Vodacom Cup champions for 2014 after beating the Golden Lions comprehensively by 30-6 in the final at GWK Park in Kimberley yesterday evening.

The Lions started well and came into some points within the first two minutes with flyhalf Willie du Plessis slotting a easy penalty to put his side on the score board. Griquas answered back shortly thereafter with a drop goal by flyhalf Francois Brummer.

Du Plessis got another couple of shots at goal but missed twice. He was successful with a drop goal, however, and opened up the lead to three points after the Lions did well to stay in Griquas’ half. It was never going to be a high-scoring affair in the final, and Griquas full-back Gouws Prinsloo slotted his first penalty of the evening to draw the scores level at six points a piece.

Prinsloo got another penalty shot in the 33rd minute to give the hosts the lead, which they stretched to 10 points after some good pressure and a try by Brummer. Prinsloo converted to make the score 16-6 in favour of the Peacock Blues, which would also be the half-time score.

Griquas scored two converted tries in the second stanza, while the Lions couldn’t manage to add a single point to their total.

First it was replacement winger Danie Dames who went over in the corner after some good pressure was applied by the hosts, with Prins­loo converting. Then flanker Marnus Schoeman got his try after he played a good game. He burst over shortly before full time and Prinsloo converted to help give his side a comprehensive victory.

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