“The away friendly against the Bulls proved to be a good contest”
The Tafel Lager Griqua team picked up the pieces and regrouped after their 38-33 defeat in Bloemfontein a week ago when they stormed Loftus Versveld and put in a more determined effort on Saturday beating the Bulls 28-19 in their second pre-season warm-up match.
At half-time Griquas had racked up a 14-7 lead, and kept up their motivation to shut the Bulls out of the match. Anthonie Volmink scored twice, while AJ le Roux, and Cody Basson also crossed the whitewash, and a focused George Whitehead converted all four tries.
Assistant coach Scott Mathie told the DFA that it was good for Griquas to come out on top in a scrappy contest. “The away friendly against the Bulls proved to be a good contest,” he said. “There was a considerable amount of turnovers surrendered by both teams ensuring that it wasn’t the most spectator friendly spectacle.”
Mathie said that the performance of the team could be much better. “The team still defended for a large portion of the game which was not ideal,” he explained. “Forced errors and tactical decision-making often let us down at crucial times, but we will need to continue developing this capacity in our players.”
On a positive note, Mathie said that the team’s set pieces functioned well and they were able to exert a large amount of pressure on the opposition because of this.
“There were some exciting passages of interplay during the game and the team always looked dangerous when we were able to put together multiple phases,” the coach said.
However, he emphasised that they were not yet the finished product. “Our composure and patience with the ball-in-hand are big work-ons as we head into our upcoming league fixtures.”
The coach added that the warm-ups were good for their confidence. “All-in-all, the fixture will provide the team with many learning moments and some added confidence as we head into the SuperSport Challenge.”