Bulldogs clinch last-gasp win
East London - The Border Bulldogs grabbed a sensational last-gasp 22-20 Currie Cup First Division victory over the Griffons when their fullback, Karlo Aspeling, jinxed his way through a phalanx of defenders to touch down under the posts and convert his own try during injury time.In a bottom of the log game the home team thus recorded their first win of the competition this season.The half-time score was 17-15 in the Griffons’ favour.The game produced very little constructive rugby with play decidedly scrappy at times with few backline movements.For the first few minutes of the game the teams faced each other like boxers feeling out their opponent, and Border right wing Andrew van Wyk made some ground with a good run down the right side.Quite against the run of play after about 10 minutes the Griffons opened the scoring when their captain and eighthman, Nicky Steyn, barged through a line-out and with some poor tackling from Border scored about 15 metres to the left of the Border posts. Flyhalf Louis Strydom had no problem in converting.Border retaliated almost immediately when Aspeling put over a penalty close to the touchline after a scrum infringement.There followed some excellent defensive work from the Bulldogs who managed to keep out the visitors, even taking a hook against the head after the Griffons were awarded a five-metre scrum.Border then took the initiative with two excellent tries. The first took place on the left wing when scrumhalf Shannon Rick dived over, but Aspeling was unable to convert.Five minutes later a break by fullback Aspeling drove Border close to the Griffons line and then Van Wyk broke through some half-hearted tackles and dotted down alongside the post.
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