The Tafel Lager Griquas team claimed their first SuperSport Rugby Challenge title as they beat the reigning champions Pumas, 28-13 at the Transnet Saldanha Stadium on Sunday.
The champions led 16-8 at the break and managed to keep their lead by responding well to any points conceded as they finally got their hands on the trophy after being finalists in 2017 and 2018.
Former Pumas prop Khwezi Mona, who moved to Kimberley at the beginning of the season, celebrated his second consecutive SSRC title and was expectedly very pleased with the feat.
It feels great. In a way, I feel for my old team mates, but I am very happy for the Griquas team. The squad have the same mind set and we want to achieve things together as a group,” Mona said.
“These guys are the salt of the earth, they just want to work hard for each other. I am very proud to be part of this squad.”
The exciting final capped off another successful edition of the tournament which has aptly filled the gap of the previous Vodacom Cup competition as the tournament looked to take rugby to all corners of the country.
Notable tournament stats:
Top points’ scorers:
101 Abner van Reenen (DHL Western Province)
95 George Whitehead (Tafel Lager Griquas)
81 Garrick Mattheus (Boland)
Top try scorers:
10 Jamba Ulengo (Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV)
8 Anthony Volmink (Tafel Lager Griquas)
8 Eugene Hare (Leopards)
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