The Griffons resisted a second-half surge from the Leopards to win 31-26 in the Absa Currie Cup First Division final at Olen Park .
For the Griffons, fullback Cecil Afrika scored two tries and wing Howard Noble added a third. Flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba scored a personal haul of 16 points to to take the Griffons to the title.
The scores were tied at 26-26 just after the hour when Jaco Bouwer gave the Leopards the ascendancy with the third of his team’s tries. However, Leopards flyhalf Clayton Durand failed to convert and Afrika’s try nine minutes from full time was decisive.
The result sees the Griffons playing Boland in Wellington next Saturday while the Leopards will travel to the Valke. The second leg of the promotion-relegation battle will be played on 24 October.
Leopards - Tries: Riaan Swanepoel, RW Kember, Jaco Bouwer, Conversion: Clayton Durand, Penalties: Durand (3)
Griffons - Tries: Howard Noble, Cecil Afrika (2), Conversions: Tsimba (2), Penalties: Tsimba (4)