GWK Griquas slammed the Golden Lions 30-6 in the final of the 2014 Vodacom Cup in Kimberley on Friday evening. The visitors, coming to the clash as underdogs, began the encounter convincingly and managed to clinch some points within the first two minutes through flyhalf Willie Du Plessis bagging an easy penalty. But they ended up being dominated by the Northern Cape outfit.
The Peacock Blues responded without delay with a drop goal by flyhalf Francois Brummer. Despite a few missed opportunities, Du Plessis would slot one over to take the Lions into a 6-3 lead. Griquas full back Gouws Prinsloo corrected the shortfall and slotted his first penalty of the evening to level the score at 6 points apiece.
The 33rd minute of the battle saw Prinsloo getting another penalty shot to give the hosts the lead, which they broadened to 10 points after some good display of attacks and a try by Brummer. Prinsloo converted, taking his side to the break with a 16-6 lead. Griquas came to the second stanza of the match all guns blazing, securing two converted tries, while on the other hand the Lions did not score any points.
Danie Dames went over in the corner for his try, with Prinsloo converting. The last try of the evening came through Griquas flanker Marnus Schoeman, and Prinsloo did the honours by converting to hand his side a convincing victory. Griquas are now level with the Lions in regards to overall titles, with both sides having won the Vodacom Cup five times now since its inception in 1998 which incidentally was won by the Kimberley team, after defeating the Johannesburg side in that year’s final.