Rampant Griquas crush Kings

Date published: October 4 2014

The Griquas outscored the EP Kings seven tries to three to win 45-25 in an entertaining Currie Cup clash in Kimberley on Saturday.

The Griquas outscored the EP Kings seven tries to three to win 45-25 in an entertaining Currie Cup clash in Kimberley on Saturday.

Marnus Schoeman and Hugo Kloppers both scored tries either side of half time as the Griquas, who led 14-13 at half time, raced clear after the break.

It was still anyone’s game approaching the hour mark when a yellow card the Kings centre Shane Gates proved costly.

Griquas used their extra man to score three quick-fire tries to seal the win and the bonus point.

Gates scored two late consolation tries, but it was too little too late.

The result makes no change to the Currie Cup standings although the Griquas are now within striking distance of the seventh-placed Pumas.

The winless Kings, meanwhile, are left rooted to the bottom of the table.

Griquas started well and came into points as soon as the fifth minute as flanker Schoeman dotted down after some good pressure by the hosts. Full-back Gouws Prinsloo converted, giving the Peacock Blues an early 7-0 lead.

The Kings reduced the lead to just four points in the 14th minute as fly-half Gary van Aswegen kicked a penalty. Van Aswegen was again called to action to kick a conversion as the Kings were awarded a penalty try after Schoeman collapsed their driving maul.

That also left the hosts with 14 men for ten minutes as Schoeman was yellow carded for what was considered a professional foul. Van Aswegen kicked another penalty in the 27th minute to stretch the Kings lead to six points.

Just after the half hour mark, Griquas regained the lead as turnover possession led to a try for lock Kloppers. Prinsloo converted, giving the Kimberley-based his side a one point lead going into the break.

In the second half, Kloppers scored his second of the afternoon and Prinsloo converted.

Three tries were to follow in quick succession. First hooker Martin Bezuidenhout dotted down, before Schoeman got his second of the afternoon and centre Jonathan Francke also got into the points as the Kings were reduced to nothing more than defending.

A try by Griquas winger PJ Vermeulen at the death made the hosts’ victory even more comprehensive.

The scorers:

For Griquas:
Tries: Schoeman 2, Kloppers 2, Bezuidenhout, Francke, Vermeulen
Cons: Prinsloo 2, Grant 3
Yellow card: Schoeman

For EP Kings:
Tries: Penalty try, Gates 2
Cons: Van Aswegen, Dukisa
Pens: Van Aswegen 2
Yellow cards: Gates

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (capt), 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hugo Kloppers, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Simon Westraadt, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Ederies Arendse, 23 Jacquin Jansen.

EP Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Steven Cummins, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Alb