Griffons on right path

2015-04-30 16:52

INSPIRED after their narrow victory over Namibia’s Wel­witschias in the Vodacom Cup, the Down Touch Griffons will look to continue their steady rise against the Valke.

The tough clash is scheduled for Friday (10/04) at 15:00 in the Welkom Stadium. This will be the Griffons’ first fixture in their home town of Welkom and they are expected to not disappoint their fans.

The local lads are still optimistic following a narrow 32-28 win over the Namibia Welwitschias in an away fixture played on 27 March in Windhoek.

It was the Griffons’ first win in the competition, ending their bad start after losing their opening match of the tournament 18-57 to top-seeded Pumas earlier.

Still oozing confidence, the Griffons now have the Valke to overcome in order to record their second win in the championship. A positive result for the Griffons will see them consolidate their standing in fifth place (five points) and possibly experience an upswing on the log to claim the fourth spot, currently occupied by the Leopards, with ten points.

For some inspiration to make an upwards move on the table, the Griffons will look to flyhalf Louis Strydom’s lethal kicking boot that contributed 12 points which were significant in them clinching the full five points against the Namibians a week ago.

The Griffons showed some character, going all the way to clinch victory from the jaws of death after trailing 18-21 at half-time. Strydom’s conversion ability was vital in inspiring the home boys to a win. And the same is expected from him and fellow players Wynand Pienaar, Brenvin Marais, Martin Sithole and Wilmar Groenewald who scored tries.

The boys in purple are expected to come out all guns blazing following an off weekend over Easter and with a few stalwarts fully recovered from minor injuries. Complacency in the Griffons camp will be their biggest downfall against the struggling Valke, who are yet to taste a win after three matches played in the Northern section of the Vodacom Cup.

The Golden Lions top the table on 19 points, the Pumas are in second place with 16 points with the Vodacom Blue Bulls in third position with 14 points

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