NEWS ARTICLES
Steyn hat-trick seals big win for Griffons
Michael Todt
MWP
March 09, 2013

Three tries from eighth-man Nicky Steyn helped the Down Touch Griffons to an emphatic 50-14 (halftime 31-6) win over the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup opener at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

Steyn’s hat-trick was well complemented by five other tries for the visitors, while flyhalf Louis Strydom was able to convert five of his eight chances from the kicking tee.

The home side, who are making their debut in the Vodacom Cup this season, offered just the one try in reply courtesy of tight-head prop Bernard Groenewald, while flyhalf Bronwyn Craill kicked three penalties.

The Griffons were all over the hosts in the early exchanges, and Steyn opened the scoring in just the second minute.

He crashed over the whitewash again five minutes later to grab a brace, and tries from Colin Herbert, Shane Hancke and flanker Martin Sithole took them into the break with a convincing 31-6 advantage.

The visitors struck again after the break, but the Limpopo Blue Bulls gave their home fans something to cheer about when Groenewald capped off a well-worked move in the 55th minute.

However, Steyn wasn’t to be denied, and he sealed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute.

The rout was complete in the final minute of play when substitute Oshwill Nortje scored with one of his first touches of the ball, and the ensuing conversion from Strydom brought up the fifty for his team.

The bonus-point win represents the ideal start for the Griffons, while the men from Polokwane will have it all to do if they are to be competitive this season.

SCORERS

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Try: Bernard Groenewald. Penalties: Bronwyn Craill (3).

Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Nicky Steyn (3), Colin Herbert (2), Shane Hancke, Martin Sithole, Oshwill Nortje. Conversions: Louis Strydom (5).

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, October 03 2014
12:45 - Leopards U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:30 - Down Touch Griffons vs SWD Eagles
North West Stadium, Welkom
Absa Under 21 Competition
14:15 - Leopards U21 vs Golden Lions U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 19 Competition
15:00 - Sharks U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Under 21 Competition
15:00 - EP Kings U21 vs Limpopo BB U21
Framesby High School, PE
Absa Currie Cup First Division
16:00 - Leopards vs Valke
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:45 - Sharks U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Cell C Sharks vs Xerox Golden Lions
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
19:10 - Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, October 04 2014
00:00 - Boland U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington

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