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Weakened Griquas make Lions sweat

  • 12 Oct 2013
Willie Britz scored the Lions' fourth try against Griquas Willie Britz scored the Lions' fourth try against Griquas

The Golden Lions booked their place in the Currie Cup semi-finals with a 35-28 win against Griquas at Ellis Park.

Bottom-placed Griquas rested several first-choice players ahead of their promotion-relegation play-off against the Pumas, but were still highly competitive against a Lions team that had started the round four log points ahead of the fifth-placed Bulls.

Gouws Prinsloo kicked three penalties, before Griquas, who were playing like a team with nothing to lose, once again ran the ball from inside their 22. Rocco Jansen received possession just outside his 10m line, chipped over the head of Chrysander Botha, and regathered the ball to score. Prinsloo added the conversion to make it 16-3.

The Lions hit back with two tries in three minutes, with Jacques van Rooyen crashing over from close range and Andries Coetzee's kick behind the defence being chased down by Anthony Volmink. But Boshoff could only slot one of the conversions and two Prinsloo penalties, either side of half-time, gave Griquas a 22-15 lead.

The hosts drew level on the 50-minute mark when they took a quick penalty tap instead of going for posts, and Willie Wepener went over. Boshoff and Prinsloo then each kicked two penalties to make it 28-28 with 10 minutes to go.

A draw would still have seen the Lions qualify for the play-offs, but they secured the win when Willie Britz got possession on his 10m line, handed off the first defender, stepped the last, and dived over under the posts.

Golden Lions – Tries: Jacques van Rooyen, Anthony Volmink, Willie Wepener, Willie Britz. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (3).
Griquas – Try: Rocco Jansen. Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo. Penalties: Prinsloo (7).

Golden Lions – 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Warwick Tecklenberg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Kobus de Kock.

Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Jonathan Francke, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Du Randt Gerber, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jaco Nepgen, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse (c), 2 Matt Dobson, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Subs: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Dalton Davis, 19 Patrick O'Brien, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 JP Nel, 22 Logan Basson.

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