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Griquas outplay Pumas in Nelspruit

Griquas confidently beat the Pumas 40-33 in their Absa Currie Cup match in Nelspruit on Friday.

The visiting side ensured quick ball which went to their dangerous backline and was converted into points.

Griquas went out with the intention of burying the memory of last week’s drubbing by the Lions.

They made the first move when flyhalf Earl Rose succeeded with a penalty conversion.

Pumas flyhalf Coenie van Wyk trotted through for the first try of the match, with Tiaan Marx converting.

Griquas fought back hard with wing Richard Lawson four minutes later as he went over for the try.

With the one-point difference, Griquas centre Jean Stemmet scored to give his side a three point lead, with former Lions flyhalf Rose failing to convert the try.

Former Lions player Dusty Noble handed off a player and went inside to score the try in the corner, with Rose missing the conversion.

The hosts were trailing by 20 points already when Stemmet went over the line, Rudi Vogt converting.

The Pumas held strong in the second half and launched a come-back with a try by centre by JW Jonker as he crossed the line in the 46th minute, which was converted by Van Wyk.

Van Wyk pulled back another penalty goal but Pumas skipper Corne Steenkamp went over for another try to bring them closer to the Griquas score.

The Pumas fought back with two tries by replacement scrumhalf Rudi van der Nest but their fightback was not enough as Rose succeeded with two drop goals to extend the lead to 40-33.

Pumas:Tries: Coenie van Wyk, JW Jonker, Corne Steenkamp, Hendrik van der Nest (2). Conversions: Van Wyk, Tiaan Marx (3).
Griquas: Tries: Richard Lawson, Jean Stemmet (2), Dusty Noble, Barry Geel. Conversions: Earl Rose, Rudi Vogt (2). Penalties: Riaan Viljoen, Vogt (2). — Sapa

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