Flanker Leonard Barnard scored two tries and flyhalf Charles Williams 17 points as Griquas beat Eastern Province CD 42-20 at the U18 Craven Week on Tuesday.
It was Williams who opened the scoring for Griquas with an early penalty, before No 8 Edrich Brand rounded off the first try of the match. Williams missed the conversion but added a penalty to make it 11-0 after 22 minutes.
EP CD had to score next to stay in the game, and they did, with a brilliant individual try by Claude Jacobs. The fullback broke away from inside his half into Griquas’ 22, before chipping ahead and regathering the ball to score.
Griquas, though, were quick to respond as Barnard went over from close range and Williams added the extras.
Koster kicked another penalty, but Griquas struck a minute before half-time through lock Deon van Niekerk, who barged his way over the line. Williams’ conversion gave his side a 25-8 lead going into the break.
Sensational interplay by Griquas early in the second half saw outside centre Ramon Sauls run a good line to take the final pass and score a beautiful try.
EP CD prop Callum Dugmore went over for a try under the crossbar, but Barnard then scored his second.
Outside centre Vivian Kapp scored a converted try for EP CD under the crossbar after an earlier break to make it 37-20 after 59 minutes.
But Williams had the final say when he picked up the loose ball on his 22 and raced away to score his side’s sixth try.
Griquas – Tries: Edrich Brand, Leonard Barnard (2), Deon van Niekerk, Ramon Sauls, Charles Williams. Conversions: Williams (3). Penalties: Williams (2).
Eastern Province CD – Tries: Claude Jacobs, Callum Dugmore, Vivian Kapp. Conversion: Ralph Koster. Penalty: Koster.
Griquas – 15 Rowie Malgas, 14 Lambert Cronje, 13 Ramon Sauls, 12 Wium Becker, 11 Maurice Amerika, 10 Charles Williams, 9 Jannie van Niekerk, 8 Edrich Brand, 7 Leonard Barnard, 6 Jeffrey Muzaza, 5 Deon van Niekerk, 4 Leon van Jaarsveld, 3 Eddie Speelman, 2 Rory Leijdekkers, 1 WS Coetzer.
Subs: 16 Marco van Straaten, 17 Jay-Dee Dampies, 18 Rudolph Fourie, 19 Smittie Smit, 20 Tabeti Mawawane, 21 Craig Ockhuis, 22 Majolo Lenge, 23 Timothy Harding.
Eastern Province CD – 15 Claude Jacobs, 14 Sivuyisiwe Ngqiyaza, 13 Vivian Kapp, 12 Jack Allanson, 11 Sive Nako, 10 Ralph Koster, 9 Oscar Evans, 8 Zadok Makani, 7 Mhlangabezi Ntwanambi, 6 Jay-Jay Human, 5 Jason Brown, 4 Ikhetheleng Nkhereanye, 3 Callum Dugmore, 2 Dean Jenkins. 1 Marno Beyl.
Subs: 16 Johan Swart, 17 Chulumankco Mngxaso, 18 Wonga Wakashe, 19 Jaco Vorster, 20 Athini Galada, 21 Johan Lombard, 22 Matt Robertson, 23 Nevaldo Fleurs.