CC: Two off in WP onslaught
August 28, 2004

The latest round of South Africa's Currie Cup began with a deluge of tries when Western Province met the Griquas and ran out 31-78 winners.

A total of 17 tries were scored in the game, 12 to the away side and eventual winners, five coming from Western Province winger Egon Seconds.

In a game that would have sent any defensive coach to an early grave, Western Province's greater speed and thrust in attack ensured the home side were never in with a shout.

There was an ugly incident early in the game when Jean de Villiers was seen to kick Braam van Straaten in the head and then the Griquas fly half reacted by aiming a punch on his assailant while he was on the ground.

Referee Mark Lawrence, who missed the incident, took advice from his touch judge who recommended at least yellow cards for both players but it was decided the level of violence used merited reds.

The Lions boosted their semi-final chances with a convincing 36-19 win over bottom side, the Eagles, streaking to a 21-0 lead within the first 12 minutes.

Winger John Daniels and springbok U21 Bryan Habana both grabbed a brace for the visitors, Cobus Grobbelaar also grabbing a try ensuring a bonus point and a full five-point haul for the Lions.

Jeremy Plaatjies for the home side threatened to bring the Eagles back into it with a score after half time but the Lions' 26-12 lead at the break set the foundation for the win.

At the top, in the final game of the round the Blue Bulls stretched their lead to seven points with a 41-27 win over the Sharks.

The home scored five tries to earn the bonus point in front of a large crowd at the Securicor Loftus stadium.

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