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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Griquas upset the Sharks in the opening round of the Currie Cup

Griquas upset the Sharks in the opening round of the Currie Cup

The Currie Cup kicked off this weekend in South Africa as local rivals went head to head in one of the oldest domestic competitions in the world. Griquas hosted the traditionally stronger Sharks, and produced an upset as they beat them 40-34 in a great game of rugby.

Griquas started their Currie Cup campaign well, as they did last year, as they beat the Sharks for the first time since 2006. The game has ten tries in all, with the Kimberley side coming back from being 20-8 down at halftime.

The defence from the Sharks was leaky at times, but you cant take away from the two great tries scored by Griquas left wing, Bjorn Basson. The flyer played for the Springboks recently, and you can why as he showed off tremendous pace and skill.

The composure and commitment of the Griquas got them back into the match, and they showed that theyll once again be a force to be reckoned with this year, especially at home. They took five points from the bonus point win, while the Sharks left with two.

In flyhalf Naas Olivier, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorious, and fullback Riaan Viljoen, Griquas have real quality but they also have a batch of youngsters coming through who impressed. Basson, and young flanker Wesley Wilkins in particular, showed that they will be players to watch out for.


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Posted at 1:53 pm | 21 comments

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Anonymous July 13, 2010 12:36 pm

first blurst!!

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Anonymous July 13, 2010 1:03 pm

Omg ,the Griquas winger look so dam fast .

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Anonymous July 13, 2010 1:29 pm

third

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Bradders July 13, 2010 1:40 pm

Looked like a great game! Look forward to seeing how that Griquas winger gets on in the next Cup games.

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Wolfman21 July 13, 2010 2:00 pm

Bjorn Basson is the winger's name. He played for the Boks against the Welsh earlier this year off the bench and for the Cheetahs in the Super 14, although had limited game time.

If he were to move to the Bulls, he would be a started for the Boks - enourmous talent, limited opportunities.

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Juggernauter July 13, 2010 2:59 pm

Jeez, the Currie Cup is showing some great rugby lately... That Bjorn Basson looked f*cking quick! I don't know what Saffers eat, but they sure produce some brilliant players!

Shame the CC is often purely attended though.. it kinda limits the spectacle and the buzz.

Cheers

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creggs08 July 13, 2010 3:15 pm

just a quick question but what is the currie cup? is it like pro, semi-pro? or is it like the same as the magners league but just south african teams only. thanks

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Greiffel July 13, 2010 3:24 pm

@ creggs08, it's South Africa's domestic competition, one notch below Super 14. The same as the Guinness Premiership (now the Aviva Premiership) would be for England. It's provincial though, not club based.

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Wolfman21 July 13, 2010 3:30 pm

Creggs - it is fully professional and the number one domestic provincial competition in South Africa. It has been overtaken by the Super 14 and the importance is diminishing due to Springboks playing in the Tri-Nations when the Currie cup is on. They won't play in the Currie Cup at all this year, even once the Tri-Nations is over.

It started in 1889 and for this reason is the cornerstone of South African rugby. It has two divisions, with what are essentially the 5 Super 14 teams in 3 other teams in the top league, although a number of players who would normally play for the Cheetahs in the Super 14 play for Griquas in the Currie Cup.

Most South Africans have a genuine passion for the Currie Cup, despite the top players not playing, as during the years of sporting isolation, the Currie Cup was largely the only rugby of any importance in South Africa, other than a couple of rebel tours.

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Greiffel July 13, 2010 3:37 pm

I've been shown up.

Nicely done Wolfman21. One thing though, I think a select group of Springboks will actually be allowed to play if their sides make it to the semis? I read something along those lines somewhere

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Wolfman21 July 13, 2010 3:44 pm

Grieffel - yep, you are correct! Thanks for pointing it out. The contracted Springbok players will only be out for 4 weeks of the Currie Cup after the Tri-Nations has ended, so they should be able to play in the semi-finals and finals if their teams make it that far.

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creggs08 July 13, 2010 4:19 pm

To Greiffel and Wolfman 21 thanks buds

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Dan July 13, 2010 6:51 pm

As an American fan, I truely enjoy these provincial tournys, both in SA and NZ. The Currie Cup has some great rugby, and great players. Love the Griquas, so hopefully they keep in it this year. Oh, and GO ALL BLACKS!!!!!!!

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BOOMER July 13, 2010 6:59 pm

Daar's net 1 kwas en dis die GRIEKWAS!!!!!

Kom nou die Poubloues!

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Anonymous July 13, 2010 7:07 pm

I kind of like that the boks arent there for the currie cup because it gives alot of other players a chance to shine and make a name for themselves, its a great competition and I look forward to watching the rest of it

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Hartman July 13, 2010 7:13 pm

I love the Biltong Boere... Hendrik Roodt, bring it home!

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EARugbyFan July 13, 2010 8:59 pm

Great Game. 74 Points total with the points spread almost equally? It is one of those matches you would get your monies worth if you attended.

Thanks, RD.

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Anonymous July 14, 2010 1:58 pm

To quote our Australian friends:

He's got a bit of toe!!

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frito July 14, 2010 10:31 pm

Greiffel and/or Woflman21, do either of you know if that applies to all 30 of the players listed as Boks for the 3N, regardless of if they get much (if any) playing time?

If that's the case, that sort of sucks for players like Ryan Kankowski who always seems to get overshadowed by tube-arms Spies (he is usually not even on the bench). I wonder how much time he'll actually get in the Bok jersey while he could've been helping the Sharks.

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frito July 14, 2010 10:31 pm

Greiffel and/or Woflman21, do either of you know if that applies to all 30 of the players listed as Boks for the 3N, regardless of if they get much (if any) playing time?

If that's the case, that sort of sucks for players like Ryan Kankowski who always seems to get overshadowed by tube-arms Spies (he is usually not even on the bench). I wonder how much time he'll actually get in the Bok jersey while he could've been helping the Sharks.

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Anonymous July 14, 2010 10:58 pm

BJORN BASSON!!! dude he is fast

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