First victory for Griffons

2015-06-24 06:00
PASSING GAME: The Griffons pair of Tertius Maarman (left) and Freddie Ngoza pass the ball during the First Division Absa Currie Cup fixture against the SWD Eagles on Saturday (20/06) in Welkom. 

Teboho Setena

PASSING GAME: The Griffons pair of Tertius Maarman (left) and Freddie Ngoza pass the ball during the First Division Absa Currie Cup fixture against the SWD Eagles on Saturday (20/06) in Welkom. Photos: Teboho Setena

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THE Down Touch Griffons’ 25-21 victory over the gutsy SWD Eagles in the First Division Absa Currie Cup qualifier fixture was good in their title defense.

The match played on Saturday (20/06) in Welkom was the first at home for the boys in purple. The morale-boosting win was also the first for the team and it came after the team’s 22 - 32 loss away to Boland a week ago.

The hosts are the current champions and are looking forward to successfully defending the trophy they won last year.

The Griffons fought back gallantly on Saturday, coming from behind twice to snatch the win in the intriguing qualifier encounter.

Despite being caught off-guard during the course of the match, the hosts played with purpose, forcing the Eagles to succumb to relentless pressure in the second half. The hosts’ passing and exploitation by their forwards were spot-on.

The Griffons scored their third and match-winning try within nine minutes before full-time, courtesy of fullback Tertius Maarman, who was a menace to the visitors. Franna du Toit’s lethal boot, converting a penalty, ensured the hosts walked home with maximum points.

The Griffons, who were without their tried and tested pair of Martin Sithole and Frans Sisita, will be off this weekend of 27 June – giving them time to recover from any bruises suffered against the Eagles, who were equally desperate to record a first win.

The Griffons’ forthcoming fixture is on 4 July against tough opponents GWK Griquas in Kimberley, with the second home-qualifier match at home on 11 July against the Leopards.

To successfully defend the championship, the Griffons are bound to win their matches and remain at the top of the seven clubs.

The team at the summit of the table at the competition of the qualifiers will gain automatic entry into the Absa Currie Cup division. The remaining six teams will compete in the Absa Currie Cup First Division.

The qualifiers are played between the GWK Griquas, who participated in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division last season, the Griffons, champions of the First Division in 2014, as well as the Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Leopards, SWD Eagles and the Hino Valke

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