The early pressure by Griquas must have resulted in an inspiring half-time team talk by the Griffons coach
Tafel Lager Griquas dismantled a valiant Down Touch Griffons outfit 35-29 at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Saturday, after leading 24-12 at half-time.
Saturday’s win keeps Griquas at the top of the competition’s North section of the log, on points-difference. The Golden Lions and the Pumas also have 10 points but with an inferior point’s difference.
Griquas ran in four first-half tries to ensure the bonus-point and kept up the effort to nail down their second victory. Wendal Wehr, André Swarts, Anthony Volminck and AJ le Roux all dotted down, while flyhalf, George Whitehead, was successful with two of his first-half conversion attempts. Jaywinn Juries, who was on goal-kicking duty for the Griffons, kicked four first-half penalties.
The early pressure by Griquas must have resulted in an inspiring half-time team talk by the Griffons coach. The home side came out firing and were all over the visiting Griquas in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Juries scored and converted his own try, while outside centre Neill Stannard also dotted down, which briefly handed the lead to the home side.
However, this surge was short-lived, with Whitehead kicking a further two penalties and replacement hooker Kwezi Mkhafu’s crossing the whitewash in the 66th minute.
Griquas head coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg, told the DFA that despite the win they were still far from being the finished product they needed to be at this level. “The Griffons were very energized for this match as expected, and they applied a lot of pressure both on attack and defence. Credit to them.
“However, this was a disappointing performance in general for us. With us scoring five tries to two and still seeing a close encounter on the scoreboard was due to our discipline being poor, affording the Griffons the opportunity to keep close by kicking penalties to poles.”
Janse van Rensburg added, “The Griffons scrumhalf was on song and scored 21 points in this match, with the bulk of his points coming from penalty kicks.
“This game saw many mental errors being evident by our players, resulting in silly mistakes and poor decision-making that resulted in us not keeping onto the ball for more than three phases on attack, seeing the Griffons enjoy turnover possession.
“We just allowed them too many breadcrumbs to gain life off,” he said.
The coach did, however, say that all was not bad for Griquas. “Consistency in performance is certainly needed and an area to improve. On a positive note, our line-out, maul and scrum functioned very well in this game and was an area in which we applied a lot of pressure,” said the Griqua coach.
“Anthony Volmink produced two magic moments which relieved pressure just at the right time, creating one try and scoring another. On our worst day, we still managed to pull through a win, which is pleasing.
“The players aren’t happy with this performance and all parties involved know that we aren’t at our best yet, and clear focus supported by maximal effort will be needed daily to bring our timeline forward in order to produce the quality of performances we can be happy with.”
Griffons (Tries): Jaywinn Juries, Neill Stannard. (Conversions): Juries (2). (Penalties): Juries (4).
Griquas (Tries): Wendal Wehr, André Swarts, Anthony Volminck, AJ le Roux, Kwezi Mkhafu. (Conversions): George Whitehead (2). (Penalties): Whitehead (2).