Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In front of a large crowd that included players from the team that won the Currie Cup in 1970, Griquas edged out Western Province in another great match in between these two Cape rivals.
Western Province, traditionally the glamour boys of South African rugby, made the trip to Kimberley to take on the in form Griquas, but possibly didnt expect such a hard fought contest.
They have a handful of star players, some of which would have been seen playing against the Lions for both the Royal XV and the Southern Spears.
The first half was closely contended and they went into the break at 20-17 to the home side. Flyhalf Naas Olivier, who last seasons played in the Top 14 in France, was on fine form as he punished the visitors with some great kicking.
Province came back later in the game through Tonderai Chavhanga, as Western Province stayed in the hunt. A brilliant drop kick from Riaan Viljoen extended the Griquas lead to 33-25 though.
Another Western Province try, this time from Pieter Louw, proved too little too late though, as Griquas came out worthy winners 33-32.