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No red carpet for Griffons at Suzuki Park as Griquas run rampant in SA Cup clash

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The Suzuki Griquas took another step to ensuring that their Suzuki Park home would be considered a fortress during the SA Cup this season as they dispatched the Griffons 61-17 on Saturday afternoon, in an encounter that, at times, was more challenging than the scoreline suggests.

The superior speed, discipline, and teamwork of Griquas proved to be the decisive factors in what was an enthralling encounter against the Griffons at Suzuki Park on Saturday. Picture: Danie van der Lith

The Suzuki Griquas took another step to ensuring that their Suzuki Park home would be considered a fortress during the SA Cup this season as they dispatched the Griffons 61-17 on Saturday afternoon, in an encounter that, at times, was more challenging than the scoreline suggests.

In a gripping display of rugby prowess, it was evident early on that both teams were ready to leave it all on the field.

The opening ten minutes saw a back-and-forth exchange as both sides vied for dominance. The visitors had slotted an early penalty, but it was the Griquas who crossed their opponents’ tryline first, showcasing their forward strength to breach the try line in the 11th minute, putting them ahead 7-3.

Maintaining relentless pressure, the Griquas continued to assert their dominance, controlling play in their opponent’s half. Their efforts paid off with another try in the 26th minute, and they extended their lead to 14-3.

The Griffons, however, proved resilient, swiftly responding with a try of their own exhibiting quick hands and lightning speed on the attack. Yet the hosts refused to relinquish control, pushing the Griffons back into their territory.

Neither team could breach their opponent’s defences and the whistle blew for half-time with the score of 14-10 in favour of the Griquas.

From the kick-off of the second half the crowds witnessed a relentless display of dominance from the Griquas. Just nine minutes into the half, their relentless pressure forced two yellow cards for the Griffons, leading to a penalty try and extending Griquas’ lead to 21-10.

The numerical advantage, paid dividends for the hosts as the Griffons struggled to contain the Griquas’ onslaught, conceding another try in the 53rd minute, further widening the gap to 28-10. Discipline continued to haunt the Griffons as they collapsed the maul once more, resulting in another penalty try and a red card in the 56th minute.

Further exploiting the numerical advantage, Griquas capitalised on their momentum, unleashing their backline speed with devastating effect. The tries kept coming, with the Griquas showcasing their slick skills on attack; the relentless onslaught left the Griffons trailing in the dust.

Although the Griffons bravely managed to breach the Griquas’ defence and score a try in the 74th minute, it was too little, too late. The Griquas remained relentless, adding to their tally with another try in the 78th minute.

As the final whistle blew, it was a resounding victory for the home side, demonstrating their dominance with that comprehensive 61-17 win over the visiting Griffons.

Their superior speed, discipline, and teamwork proved to be the decisive factors in what was an enthralling encounter at Suzuki Park.

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