The Sharks’ 31-24 win over Griquas in their opening match of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon was
enough to secure them maximum log points. The home team started the match more aggressively and they were handed a penalty in the fourth minute. Nico Scheepers opened the scoring with three points for Griquas but Jonathan Francke was red carded in the seventh minute after a dangerous tackle on SP Marais.
Fred Zeilinga missed the resultant penalty but in the 17th minute slotted three points to level up the score. Griquas were penalised for angling in on a defensive scrum, five metres from their tryline. Zeilinga had no trouble converting and the visitors were 6-3 up in the 23rd minute. Minutes later a brilliant try from Zeilinga put Brad MacLeod-Henderson’s side further ahead but the Sharks flyhalf could not convert his own try. Paul Jordaan scored a try in the 40th minute and the extra two from Zeilinga made it 18-3 at the break.
In the second half Griquas were looking to reduced the deficit as they were behind by 15 points. However Thomas Du Toit was sinbinned and Zeilinga scored another penalty on 53rd minutes before Marnus Schoeman scored a try in the 57th minute for the home team. However, just minutes later S’bura Sithole stretched the Sharks’ lead to 28-10.
Carel Greeff scored a second try for Griquas in the corner in the 64th minute. They continued pressing as they scored another try in the 79th minute to edge ever nearer. Ederies Arendse’s try was converted by Scheepers to make it 28-24 and the hosts were in with a late sniff of a chance but Zeilinga would finish off with three points to ensure a 31-24 victory for the Sharks.