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Hitting their straps


Griquas were clinical and scored their bonus-point before the first half was completed before utilising the final 10 minutes of the game

UNSTOPPABLE: Griqua flank Sias Koen had a storming game against the Leopards on Saturday, scoring three tries and raking in the Man of the Match award. The Kimberley side were clinical as they dispatched their visitors 80-14. Picture: Dave Alexander

The Tafel Lager Griquas took full advantage of the high-spirited atmosphere at the Wildeklawer Super Schools Festival to entertain the crowd with an almost flawless display of attacking rugby, combined with impressive defence, hammering the Leopards 80-14 (half-time 42-7) at Diamantveld High School on Saturday.

Griquas overturned the 35-38 defeat they suffered last year in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge fixture with interest with Sias Koen and Enver Brandt each bagging themselves a hat-trick of tries.

In fact the second round of the competition produced an astounding amount of hat-tricks with no fewer than five players dotting down three times for their respective teams during the six matches contested on Saturday.

Flanker Koen and left wing Brandt were assisted by flyhalf André Swarts and Number 8 Conway Pretorius, who each scored twice while hooker AJ le Roux and replacement utility back Tythan Adams also added five-pointers to the scoresheet.

Swarts had a wonderful afternoon in the pivot position, contributing nine conversions for a personal points tally of 28.

Griquas were clinical and scored their bonus-point before the first half was completed before utilising the final 10 minutes of the game to run in a further three tries to cement their place at the top of the Central section.

There were, however, two areas of play that were not totally up to standard for the hosts; their fielding of the high balls from kick-offs and the initial failure to deal with the rolling maul, gave them a few problems during the first half.

When interviewed by the DFA Griquas assistant coach Pieter Bergh said that he was pleased with the almost complete performance.

“It was very satisfying to get 80 points and score 12 tries and it was probably as close as you can get to the complete performance on Saturday. Our line-outs and scrums were excellent, while our forwards got over the gainline and they were very physical in defence. Our backs had a great day on both attack and defence,” he said.

“The intensity we played with was excellent, and it just was an excellent and satisfying day at the office. We really wanted to prove a point after losing to the same team last year at the Wildeklawer showpiece and everyone responded brilliantly,” he added.

The team held a practice yesterday and were set to have another session today, before they take a short break ahead of them getting themselves ready for the Cheetahs challenge next weekend.

“We are very happy to have two wins from two matches and 10 points on the log going into our first bye weekend,” the coach said.

Point Scorers

Griquas 80 (42) Tries: Sias Koen (3), Enver Brandt (3), André Swarts (2), Conway Pretorius (2), AJ le Roux, Tythan Adams (1 each). Conversions: Swarts (9), Eric Zana.

Leopards (14 (7) Tries: HP Swart, Evardi Boshoff. Conversions: DP de Lange, Schalk Hugo.