Currie Cup: Bulls ease past Griquas, Lions edge out Cheetahs

Currie Cup: Bulls ease past Griquas, Lions edge out Cheetahs

The Bulls secured a crucial 40-20 victory over the Griquas with an impressive all-around performance in Kimberley on Saturday.

The Bulls went into halftime with a commanding 19-3 lead, courtesy of tries by Embrose Papier, Johan Grobbelaar, and Elrigh Louw, as well as two conversions by Chris Smith.

Lubabalo Dobela's penalty was Griquas' only score in the first half.

In the second half, the Bulls continued to dominate, scoring additional tries from Grobbelaar, Marco Jansen van Vuren, and Simphiwe Matanzima.

However, Griquas also managed to score three tries of their own through Johan Mulder, Jay-Cee Nel, and Stephan Smit.

The win keeps the Bulls in seventh place, only one point behind Griquas and five points behind the fourth-placed team.

Following the round-robin stage, the top four teams will advance to the knock-out phase of the Currie Cup.

Next, the Bulls will take on the Lions on May 20th, while Griquas will face the Griffons.

Free State Cheetahs 26-33 Golden Lions

The Lions beat the Cheetahs 33-26 in a thrilling Currie Cup game on Saturday.

They included URC players in their team, showing they are serious about reviving their Currie Cup aspirations.

Sanele Nohamba played at flyhalf, allowing him to partner with Morne van den Berg at scrumhalf.

Rynhardt Jonker scored a try for the Lions within the first five minutes, followed by a conversion and a penalty by Nohamba.

The Lions' defense held firm during a ten-minute spell in the first half when the Cheetahs repeatedly attacked.

The Lions added to their lead with another penalty and a try by Edwill van der Merwe off a Van den Berg chip over the defense.

George Cronje scored two tries for the Cheetahs in the second half, followed by a try by JC Pretorius and four penalties by Nohamba.

The Cheetahs scored two late tries, securing a losing bonus point.