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Clinical Griquas rout Cavaliers to set up Free State semis clash

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Their reward is a trip to Kimberley, where Griquas hammered the Boland Cavaliers

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Tafel Lager Griquas were ruthless as they thrashed the visiting Boland Cavaliers 51-22 (half-time 30-10) to book their place in the semi-finals of the SuperSport Challenge at Tafel Lager Park on Saturday.

Also, the iCOLLEGE Pumas will face the Cell C Sharks XV in Nelspruit while Griquas will host the Toyota Free State XV in Kimberley next weekend to determine the finalists of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

The eventual winner will become the new champion after the Free State XV knocked out defending champions, DHL Western Province, yesterday with their 26-20 victory in the fourth Quarter-final match of the weekend.

Their reward is a trip to Kimberley, where Griquas hammered the Boland Cavaliers.

The Free State midfielders, Carel Coetzee and Benhard Janse van Rensburg, dominated proceedings on a wet and slippery Green Point Track in Cape Town, as they adapted better to the conditions. The defeat for WP was their first ever in the competition and their most costly by far.

The Pumas remained the only undefeated side in the tournament after they edged the Vodacom Blue Bulls 30-24 in a hard-fought encounter in Nelspruit on Saturday. They will host the Cell C Sharks XV, who outplayed the Xerox Golden Lions completely, for a rewarding 48-12 win in Durban.

Flyhalf Garth April was the star of the show, as he scored 28 points for his team in sublime performance. The men in black and white scored four tries in no time, with their backs showing their class on attack.

Meanwhile, Griquas had too many weapons in their arsenal for the visiting Boland Cavaliers, who tried hard, but could not stop the all-out attack from the home side. The Kimberley faithful were treated to six tries by their team, with the forwards and backs getting on the scoresheet as the ‘Kwaste’ delivered a perfect display of a team effort.

Griquas coach Peter Engledow hinted that his team are now prepared to take on all comers in their semi-final of the competition; and this opponent turns out to be the Toyota Free State XV, after they upset the reigning champions 20-26 at the Greenpoint Stadium yesterday.

Speaking to the DFA on Saturday, before the WP vs Free State encounter, Engledow expressed his delight at the team’s performance: “It (the Boland match) was very good.

“I am delighted for the players who worked very hard. It was also good to play in front of our home crowd and to get a win. It (the win) takes us into the semi-finals. We’ve got a big game next week whoever we play against.”

Asked on Saturday who the ideal semis opponent would be, the Griqua coach simply answered: “We don’t actually mind who we play.”

In Nelspruit, three penalty goals by the leading points’ scorer in the competition, Chris Smith, proved the difference between the Pumas and Blue Bulls. Smith, the only player to score 100 points in the competition, also converted two of the three tries scored by his team.

Results round-up

Pumas 30 (20)-24 (19) Blue Bulls

Sharks XV 55 (19)-12 (7) Golden Lions

Griquas 51 (30)-22 (10) Boland Cavaliers

Western Province 20 (10)-26 (14) Free State XV