Griquas pulled the biggest upset in this week’s Absa Currie Cup round when they defeated champions the Sharks 21-18 at Kings Park.
The Sharks were expected to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Pumas, but Francois Brummer’s dramatic last-ditch drop goal after the hooter meant the Durban side has now lost two on the trot.
The victory was the first for Griquas, who were the competition’s whipping boys before the Sharks match. In their last five matches, they have only won once.
Hero Brummer said the win against the defending champions proved that the struggling side had much to offer to the Currie Cup competition.
“It was good to finally win. It is a big win for us and it does show that we are not in this competition to make up numbers,” he said.
The Kimberly side’s wins now leaves the Kings as the only side without a win this season. The Port Elizabeth side was thrashed 49-14 as Western Province made it a perfect five out of five.
While Province’s unbeaten run continues to hog the limelight, the Steval Pumas’ recent impressive run is also worthy to note.
The Mpumalanga franchise proved that their recent win against the Cheetahs was no fluke as they clobbered Naka Drotske’s men 31-17 to complete an outstanding double against the Free State side this season.
Lack of leadership looks to be one of the major reasons the Sharks have failed to assert themselves in a season where they should be mounting a strong defence. The Bulls also got back to winning ways following their 36-26 victory over the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.
Frans Ludeke’s side fought off a strong Lions challenge to win and their next fixture against the Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium promises maximum points as well.
After the Kings clash, the Bulls will welcome the Sharks and good momentum will certainly help the Tshwane side.