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Griquas upset Leopards
Michael Todt
MWP
April 20, 2013

GWK Griquas pulled off something of an upset as they clinched a bonus-point 32-26 (halftime 19-7) win over the Leopards XV on Saturday in Kimberley to keep them in the hunt for a quarterfinal spot.

Griquas moved into fourth spot and can retain that position with a bonus-point victory over the Valke next weekend. The Leopards, who dropped down to third on the standings in the North Section, will be concerned about their game as they lacked inspiration and seldom succeeded in getting out of first gear.

The score flattered the Leopards as they were playing catch up from the start. Earlier, the first half struggled to get the crowd on its feet. Although it produced four tries, they were rather isolated pieces of play in a slightly laboured opening stanza. Griquas eventually got on the scoreboard, as a try for flanker Marnus Schoeman capped off a decent lineout drive. It was Schoeman’s eighth try of the competition - the most by any player.

The Leopards then twice had the opportunity to reduce the gap, but strangely former Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius missed both rather easy penalty attempts.

A neat pass by centre Jean Stemmet then found right-winger Luzuko Vulindlu in the smallest of spaces, and the two combined well with Stemmet finishing off for his team’s second.

Pretorius made amends for his two errors earlier on when he took the initiative on attack and scored his side’s first try. But Griquas responded immediately with individual brilliance from scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee earning him a try under the poles, and his team a precious 12-point lead at halftime.

Centre Hennie Skorbinski dotted down shortly after the restart, but a penalty from flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet took Griquas out to a more comfortable eight-point advantage.

The bonus-point try that followed shortly after from Leon Karemaker in the 60th minute then took the home side out of sight, and, despite a converted try in the final seconds by Robert Kruger to earn the Leopards two bonus points, Griquas were left to savour a well-deserved victory.

SCORERS:

GWK GRIQUAS: Tries: Marnus Schoeman, Jean Stemmet, Jacques Coetzee, Leon Karemaker. Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (3). Penalty: Pieter-Steyn de Wet. Drop goal: Pieter-Steyn de Wet.

LEOPARDS XV: Tries: André Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski, MB Lusaseni, Robert Kruger. Conversions: André Pretorius (3).

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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