The Vodacom Blue Bulls came away with a 40-45 victory against the Tafel Lager Griquas.
Griquas fought from the beginning to the end and made the Blue Bulls think, but the visitors eventually won 51-45 in Kimberley. The hosts were competitive throughout the first half, but the Bulls took a six point lead by the break at 26-20 having scored four tries and converted three. Griquas scored two converted tries and two penalties in the half with André Swarts successfully kicking everything.
The Blue Bulls opened the scoring with a try from Abongile Nonkontwana but the Griquas quickly responded with a try from Ederies Arendse. Piet van Zyl, who had a good game overall, scored next as he leapt over a few tackled players to ground the ball over the line. Warrick Gelant gave away a penalty and the Bulls made a few handling errors as Griquas took the lead. The most damaging of these errors was a pass that was quickly intercepted by Enver Brandt, who raced past everyone to score the next try for the Griquas. The conversion and a penalty goal from Swarts pushed the Griquas’ lead to eight points.
Griquas fought their way back with two important tries and the Blue Bulls looked like they were under pressure. Brandt’s second try of the night was just as spectacular as the first one. He received the pass on the wing and accelerated past the Bulls defence to go all the way. The Griquas were in the lead, but Ismaiel’s try ensured that the Bulls took their lead back and they went on to win the game.