October seized on a turn-over after the Irish had driven up to the Griquas
22, and sprinted the length of the field before cheekily side-stepping Des Clohessy, making his first appearance for Ireland, and executing a theatrical dive over the line to the delight of the crowd.
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend: TODAY RUGBY UNION: World Cup semifinal, Wales v France - ITV1 & S4C 0800; Currie Cup, Free State Cheetahs v Griquas
& Western Province v Pumas - Sky Sports 4 1355 & 1600; Championship, Bedford v Doncaster - Sky Sports 3 1530; LV= Cup, Scarlets v Leicester - Sky Sports 3 1745.
Today RUGBY UNION: World Cup semi-final, Wales v France - ITV1, 8am; Currie Cup, Free State Cheetahs v Griquas
& Western Province v Pumas - Sky Sports 4 1.
For the record, the Royal XV comprises officially players from five teams, the Falcons, Griquas
, Griffens, Leopards and Pumas, who play in the Vodacom Cup, a third-tier competition in South Africa, below the Super 14 and Currie Cup.
The Sharks have a makeshift team travelling from Durban to take on the Griquas
and this should certainly be swerved.
10am (Saturday); Currie Cup, Lions v Griquas
- Sky Sports 4 6pm; Premiership, Harlequins v Northampton - ESPN 7pm.
Mae'r daith i Dde Affrica, sy'n cynnwys deg gm gorfforol a thanllyd, yn cychwyn yn Rustenberg wrth i'r Llewod herio'r Royal XV - tm cyfansawdd wedi ei seilio ar ranbarthau rygbi gogleddol y wlad, gan gynnwys y Griquas
a'r Platinum Leopards.
They take on bottom side the Griquas
, who have been badly hit by injuries at the start of the season.
This is actually my second pre-season, because I was with the Griquas
preparing for the Currie Cup which got under way last weekend.
55am; Currie Cup, Griquas
v Lions followed by Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs - Sky Sports 4 from 2pm.
They thrashed the Cavaliers 91-3 last month and put away the Falcons 45-11 and the Griquas
51-10 a fortnight ago.
Van der Westhuizen led the Blue Bulls to Currie Cup glory three years ago and is expected to captain them in the competition on Sunday when they face Griquas