The SWD Eagles continued their winning momentum by beating the Griffons in Welkom on Saturday afternoon by 48 points to 45. The match was played on a coldFree Stateafternoon on a very hard and dry field. The Eagles scored 7 tries to the 6 of the Griffons, who are under pressure as they are winless in this year’s Currie Cup and as a result, threw absolutely everything they had at the Eagles. It was a comfortable win and the score flatters the Griffons somewhat, as the Eagles led by 40 points to 14 and took their foot off the pedal somewhat in the last quarter of the match, a trend the team is working very hard at to rid themselves of. As a result the Griffons scored 2 consolation tries at the death. The Eagles’ backline broke the Griffons defence nearly at will and is a force to be reckoned with in the Currie Cup this season.
For the Eagles, the back three of Elric van Vuuren, Howard Noble and Baldwin McBean each scored two tries. The seventh try was scored by lock Hein Potgieter who ran like a wing for 30 metres for a superb try. Van Vuuren was also successful with 5 conversions and 1 penalty and is fast becoming a stand out player for the Eagles.
The Eagles are now third on the log after only 3 games, of which 2 were played away from home.