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Lions 19 (7) vs Griquas 23 (20)

Lions go down fighting

Griquas remain unbeaten after four rounds

The Lions struggled in the first half of the match and at the break saw them trailing Griquas by 20-7. The Lions played much better in the second half, but just couldn't manage to pull the match out of the fire, and with Griquas just scoring three points in the second half, it was still enough for the win.

The match started at a crazy pace, with both teams trying to take the ball wide as quick as possible, and also Griquas using the up-and-under on Rose a few times.

Griquas scored the first try after 9 minutes, when they ran a ball from their own 22 meter area and the backline had a overlap on the left, instead of drawing his man, Naas Olivier kicked the ball ahead, with Herkie Kruger falling back to cover inside his own 22, but he missed the ball and Olivier kicked ahead again and fell on the ball in the in-goal area for the try, which he also converted to make it 7-0 for Griquas.

Just four minutes later Griquas went further ahead through a penalty by Naas Olivier from just outside the Lions 22 meter area, to make it 10-0 for Griquas.

The Lions scored their first points in the 22nd minute, it came from an attacking line-out for Griquas close to the Lions try-line, the ball came down the backline for Griquas where Earl Rose took an intercept pass and ran 60 meters before the cover caught up with him, and he passed to Hollenbach who scored the try. Herkie Kruger converted to make it 10-7 for Griquas.

30 minutes into the match Griquas scored their second try, they established an overlap on the left on the Lions 10 meter line, with Barry Geel running strong with the ball, and just Earl Rose to stop him, unfortunately he ran through Rose like he wasn't there, and scored the try. Olivier converted to make it 17-7 for Griquas.

36 minutes into the match the Lions were under pressure again in their 22, and went offside, giving away a penalty and three easy points to Olivier, making it 20-7 for Griquas.

The Lions did a lot of attacking in the last four minutes, but Griquas held out and the halftime score was 20-7, leaving the Lions with a lot to do in the second half.

The Lions drew first blood in the second half, when they were awarded a penalty just outside the 22 meter area of Griquas where Griquas held on to a ball. Herkie Kruger kicked the penalty to make it 20-10 for Griquas.

7 minutes into the second half there was foul play by a Griquas player and the Lions were awarded a penalty just outside the Griquas 22 meter area. Herkie Kruger kicked it to reduce the Griquas lead to 20-13.

14 minutes into the second half Rouan Cloete was yellow carded for a late charge on a Griquas player, and luckily for the Lions Olivier missed the fairly easy penalty kick.

The Lions now did a lot of the attacking and 13 minutes from time Griquas conceded another penalty about seven metres outside their 22, Herkie made no mistake and the score now 20-16 for Griquas.

Five minutes later Griquas got their first points in the second half from a penalty by Riaan Viljoen, making it 23-16 for Griquas.

With just five minutes left Herkie Kruger pulled the score closer with another penalty, this one inside the Griquas 22 meter area, making it 23-19.

The Lions couldn't get the ball in the last few minutes, and with Griquas in posession they managed to run the clock down, making the final score 23-19 for Griquas.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Alwyn Hollenbach
Cons: Herkie Kruger
Pens: Herkie Kruger(4)

For Griquas:
 Naas Olivier, Barry Geel
Cons: Naas Olivier(2)
Pens: Naas Olivier(2), Riaan Viljoen

Yellow card: Rouan Cloete(54m) 
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Rouan Cloete, 11 Johan Jackson, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Derek Harwood, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Straatkat van Zyl, 21 Ruan Boshoff, 22 Henno Mentz.

Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokuena(c), 7 Devon Raubenheimer, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Heinrich Stride, 19 Sean Plaaatjies, 20 Dougie Hellmuth, 21 Hanno Coetzee, 22 Egon Seconds/Gavin Passens.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Stu Berry and Rueben Rossouw
TV Match Official: None

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