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Griffons secure playoff place
MWP
September 28, 2012

The Griffons assured themselves of a semifinal place with an impressive 39-29 win (half-time 20-22) over the Ford Pumas in their Absa Currie Cup First Division match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday.

The Pumas began the match assured of a top-two finish on the log but the Griffons began the final round-robin match needing a win to be sure of their place in the semifinals.

The Griffons began the weekend in fourth place, five points ahead of the SWD Eagles who did their best to play their way into the semis by claiming a bonus-point win over the Valke in a match that kicked off at the same time as the Pumas-Griffons clash.

But the Griffons made sure of their playoff place by running in five tries to four to upset the more fancied Pumas who were playing at their own ground.

The match was a personal triumph for Griffons flyhalf Hansie Graaf who scored in every way possible as he scored a try and kicked four conversions and penalty and a drop goal for a tally of 19 points.

The Pumas had held the edge at half-time as the moved into a 22-20 lead after tries from outside centre Ashwin Scott, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and flank Renaldo Bothma.

The Griffons replied with tries of their own through left wing Shane Hancke and scrumhalf Inus Kritzinger but they had Graaf’s boot to thank for keeping them in the game.

However, the Griffons took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half and they scored straight from the kick-off when right wing Cameron Jacobs scooted over for a converted try.

Graaf dotted down himself 10 minutes later as the Griffons roared into a 34-22 lead.

The Pumas did manage to cut the deficit when replacement scrumhalf Shaun Venter slid over for a converted try in the 64th minute.

But the Griffons were not to be denied and they made sure of the victory in the 75th minute when replacement lock Gavin Annandale rumbled over for an unconverted try.

SCORERS

FORD PUMAS – Tries: Ashwin Scott, Faf de Klerk, Renaldo Bothma, Shaun Venter; Conversions: Naas Olivier (3); Penalty: Olivier.

GRIFFONS – Tries: Shane Hancke, Inus Kritzinger, Cameron Jacobs, Hansie Graaf, Gavin Annandale; Conversions: Graaf (4); Penalty: Graaf; Drop goal: Graaf

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
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Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:30 - Leopards U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
12:30 - EP Kings U21 vs Griquas U21
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
12:45 - WP U21 vs Border U21
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
12:45 - Valke U21 vs Griffons U21
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:00 - SWD Eagles vs Boland Cavaliers
Outeniqua Park, George
Absa Under 19 Competition
13:30 - Pumas U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Kees Taljaard Stadium, Middelburg

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