The Kimberley team put themselves under pressure from the start and their discipline let them down
After a good win in their pre-season warm-up against Western Province in Upington two weeks back Tafel Lager Griquas came unstuck on Saturday in their pre-season friendly played at the Van Riebeeck Stadium in Mossel Bay when a plucky South Western Districts outfit got the better of the Kimberley team.
The narrow 12-10 result saw a total of four tries being shared equally amongst the teams, with the difference coming by way of a solitary successful conversion. Griquas’ tries came courtesy of Louis Schreuder and Kevin Kaba, and the defeat once again highlights the importance of a reliable goal-kicker at this level.
Griquas forwards coach Denzil Frans said after the game that the Kimberley team put themselves under pressure from the start and their discipline let them down.
“Today’s game was a game to forget,” Frans told the DFA. “We didn’t play with the same intensity as last time. It was really a game of missed opportunities as we lost the territory battle and put ourselves under huge pressure.
“We also didn’t adapt well enough to the conditions, while SWD were controlling the pace of the game. It was really a stop-start affair where our discipline also let us down.
“It is back to the drawing board, as we only have ourselves to blame for the loss.
“Hard lessons were learnt from the game,” he added.
The Griqua team now face another potential hiccup with this week being a short one due to the looming Easter Weekend, which could put some strain on their practices.
This would not be an ideal situation as the lads would have to start rectifying their mistakes that they made in Mossel Bay as they prepare for the SuperSport Challenge Competition that gets under way on April 21.