Griquas shock Sharks in Currie Cup opener

Carel Greeff scored a post-hooter try as Griquas shocked Sharks 32-30 Friday in the 2013 South African Currie Cup season opener.

A view of the Currie Cup on October 30, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. Carel Greeff scored a post-hooter try as Griquas shocked Sharks 32-30 Friday in the 2013 South African Currie Cup season opener.

Replacement loose forward Greeff touched down after a tap-penalty surge and right-wing Nico Scheepers converted to complete a 22-point match tally.

It was a great start to the 10-round league campaign for the Cinderella side from northern Cape diamond city Kimberley.

Griquas suffered a 39-point thumping from the Durban-based Sharks at the same venue in the final round of the previous season.

Sharks hoped for a better start under two former Springboks, 111-cap John Smit (chief executive) and Brendan Venter (coach), on a wet, windy night.

Griquas at home was, in theory, their easiest fixture with the Lions, Bulls, Cheetahs and title-holders Western Province to come.

After conceding 13 early points, a Sharks side lacking six Springboks on Rugby Championship duty took control and led 20-16 by half-time.

They fell behind again 14 minutes from time only to regain the initiative and seemed set to win with a 30-25 advantage as the clock ticked down.

But a penalty took Griquas close to the try-line and another set up Greeff to barge over with the TV match official confirming the try.

Continuous booing did not upset Scheepers, who added the match-winning conversion from halfway between the touchline and the posts.

He kicked six penalties and also converted a try by flank Marnus Schoeman to earn Griquas a four-point start to the season.

Captain and No. 8 Jacques Botes, a last-minute inclusion for injured Keegan Daniel, scored a brace of tries and left-wing Lwazi Mvovo one.

Fly-half Butch James slotted three conversions and three penalties on a night of superb goal kicking with neither he nor Scheepers missing.

About the author

columnist
Writer: AFP
Position: News agency