They’re unbeaten after two Currie Cup matches and Griquas are not going to be an easy side to beat.
They accounted for the Pumas in a thriller albeit at home at the Griquas Stadium and retained their lead in the Currie Cup competition with their 37-29 win on Friday. Both sides scored four tries for a try bonus point.
It was an exciting match, with Griquas seemingly in control, but with the Pumas replying to each scoring effort to keep any possibility of a runaway score in check.
Eventually, with a slender three-point lead courtesy of a penalty by former Tukkies captain Tinus de Beer six minutes from fulltime, the Pumas were again on attack looking for the winning score.
A ruck penalty against them metres from the Griquas tryline was answered with a tap kick, the ball was swung wide and Antony Volmink ran about 50 metres to round off the try.
It was a second try for Volmink, former Lions wing and the SA record holder for the most tries in a first class match and it clinched the win for Griquas and cruelly denied the Pumas a well-deserved losing bonus point.
Griquas (10) 37: Tries: Anthony Volmink (2), Eduan Keyter, Ewald van der Westhuizen, André Swarts. Conversions: George Whitehead (2). Penalties: Whitehead, Tinus de Beer.
Pumas (5) 29: Tries: Morné Joubert, Andrew Beerwinkel, Ryan Nell, Morgan Naudé. Conversions: Kobus Marais (2), Chris Smith. Penalty: Marais