Griffons awake, brush aside Valke

The Griffons borrowed a bit of magic from Houdini with a great escape in Tembisa on Saturday as they beat the Valke by 37-34 in a Vodacom Cup match.

The Griffons borrowed a bit of magic from Houdini with a great escape in Tembisa on Saturday as they beat the Valke by 37-34 in a Vodacom Cup match.

They achieved the feat by clawing their way back from the dead after trailing 34-9 at one stage.

Playing into the sun for the most part of the day, the Griffons were outplayed by a game Valke who controlled the match for some 70 minutes and scored four tries.

The visiting Welkom team looked flat-footed and not really interested in playing rugby in this scrappy game that was full of niggles.

But, in the last ten minutes, the Purple People Eaters decided to do what works best and started getting the ball to the fast players out wide and Cecil Afrika showed his magic when he scored three quick tries and also converted one.

When Taro Maarman took the field, he also took matters into his own hands and was rewarded with a try for his effort.

Points: Valke: Tries: Pierre Foord, Liebrecht Gericke, Theo Becker, Reg Muller.

Conversions: Jeff Perkins (4). Penalties: Perkins (2).

Griffons: Tries: Cecil Africa (3), Taro Maarman. Conversions: Petri Kunz (2), Afrika. Penalties: Hugo Kleynhans (3). - Sapa

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