Volminks' long range try clinches Griquas second win in thriller against Pumas

Volminks' long range try clinches Griquas second win in thriller against Pumas

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.

Scorers –

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