Griquas batter Boland

Griquas fended off a strong challenge from the Boland Kavaliers to triumph 43-32 in Kimberley.

In a game marred by handling errors, it was the hosts who managed to take more of the numerous chances created, outscoring Boland by six tries to four.

Despite Griquas scrumhalf Tertius Carse’s eighth minute opener, it was the Wellington based union who started more brightly, replying with five pointers from wing John Daniels and fullback Renfred Dazel, both displaying great finishing instinct.

Griquas No 8 Heinrich Stride however got his side back into the match, breaking off a ruck on the Kavaliers 22m line to race over for the try.

The hosts dominated possession and territory and gradually built the pressure on Boland. Griquas fullback Hans van Dyk eventually cracked the defensive line before Lafras Uys scored the bonus-point try after the half-time siren to give his side a 26-20 lead at the break.

Griquas continued their dominance in the second-half, scoring early through Stride before Boland lock Dries van Schalkwyk dragged his side back into the contest.

Flanker Wayne van Heerden however eliminated any fears of a comeback, making Conrad Burke’s late try nothing more than a consilation.

Griquas - Tries: Carse, Stride (2), Van Dyk, Uys, Van Heerden. Conversions: Barnard (5). Penalty: Barnard

Boland - Tries: Daniels, Dazel, Van Schalkwyk, Burke. Conversions: Dollie (3). Penalties: Dollie 2