Free State overpower Griquas

2015-07-29 06:00
MY BALL: Free State gave Griquas some free rugby lessons when they hammered them by 34-7 in an entertaining match at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (18/07).  

Sidwell Guduka

MY BALL: Free State gave Griquas some free rugby lessons when they hammered them by 34-7 in an entertaining match at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (18/07). Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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MORNÉ DIPPENAAR, Free State coach, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s season-opening performance against Griquas in Bloemfontein on Saturday (18/07).

His girls got off to the start they wanted when they comfortably beat the Northern Cape outfit by 34-7 during their Women’s Interprovincial League at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal.

The Mangaung side maintained a good level of scoring throughout the first half.

They converted two tries in the opening six minutes and led by 34-0 at halftime, but they took their feet off the accelerator pedal in the second half, allowing the visitors to score seven points in the dying minutes of the match.

“I am satisfied with the team’s performance today. We needed confidence from this match, so I am very happy with six tries to one,” Dippenaar told Express after the match.

“This was only our first match of the season and we knew there was going to be some mistakes as far as ball handling is concerned.

“But the important thing is that we have won the match,” he said.

“I thought we did extremely well in the first half, however, we didn’t communicate really well in the second half. Generally we did well, but there is still room for improvement. We are still looking at a few combinations that we want to try out,” he added.

On the other hand, Griquas coach, Ronald Maarman, admitted that the Free State were far better than them on the day.

“We really had no chance to beat them. They kept their structure very well.

“They also beat us at the rucks. They actually outplayed us,” said Maarman.

“Things just didn’t go well for us on the field.

“Free State enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession. It was difficult to play without the rugby ball,” he explained.

In their next game, Free State will travel to Welkom for a date with the Griffons while Griquas will welcome Boland in Kimberley.

Both matches will be played on Saturday, 1 August

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