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Free State Cheetahs

Currie Cup | Mbombela Stadium
11:15 (GMT) | 03-10-2015
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Van Staden converts the try and we are all level! The Pumas go on one last attack to get a winning score but there is a knock on and that is FULL-TIME! Pumas 37-37 Free State Cheetahs!
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The Pumas get a try after a tap with Rudi Mathee driving over for the try!
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After a scrum reset, The Pumas go wide and they get another penalty. De Klerk takes it quickly and is tackled short of the tryline. There is another penalty for the home side. Benjamin gets a second yellow card and gets red card!
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The Pumas try and form the maul but they are unsuccessful. Schoeman looks for a gap and the ref stops play for a Pumas scrum in the Cheetahs' 22.
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Marais kicks the ball down field and the Pumas run it back with Maritz breaking through a tackle. The home side gets a penalty and they will have a line-out inside the Cheetahs 22.
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The Cheetahs go on the attack again but their is a high tackle and the away team gets another penalty. Marais, from 45m out, converts the penalty and teh Cheetahs lead 37-30!
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Niel Marais' conversion is charged down by De Klerk but the Cheetahs lead 34-30
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The Cheetahs form the driving maul and Freddie Ngoza breaks off and scores the try for the away team
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The Pumas go on the attack again but the Cheetahs get a penalty on halfway and Blommetjies gives his team a line-out 5m from the Pumas tryline.
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Van Staden converts the try and the Pumas lead 30-29
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This time the Pumas form the driving maul, but it goes nowhere. The home side keeps the ball close and the get another penalty with the Cheetahs offside. De Klerk gives his team a 5m line-out.The Pumas form the maul from the line-out and they go over the tryline with Schoeman getting the score!
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The Cheetahs steal the ball at the line-out, however the Pumas get it back after a turn over. Fraser is in space and he sprints towards the Cheetahs' 22. The Pumas get a penalty after a dangerous tackle. Van Staden gives his team a line-out.
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After another water break, The Cheetahs get another penalty at the scrum and they opt for a line-out 10m from the Pumas' tryline. The Cheetahs form the maul before they go wide with Rhule being tackled hard. This time the Pumas get the penalty and De Klerk gives his team a line-out inside the Cheetahs' half.
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The Cheetahs form the driving maul once again, but this time they don't go forward and the Pumas will get a defensive scrum in the own 22.
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The Cheetahs drive the Pumas back in the scrum before they go wide and Blommetjies is in a half gap. The Cheetahs get another penalty 10m from the Pumas 22 and Blommetjies gives his team a line-out in the home side's 22.
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The Cheetahs have the ball on halfway with Ebersohn before Botha tackles Blommetjies back. The Pumas turn the ball over, but their i knock on and the Cheetahs will have a scrum near their own 10m line.
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Van Staden adds the extras and the score is now 29-23 in favour of the Cheetahs.
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After a scrum reset, the Pumas finally get the ball. They go wide and Speckman makes his way inside the Cheetahs 22. De Klerk goes wide with Schoeman looking to make himself useful. Van Staden is brought down 5m short before De-Jay Terblanche crashes over for the try!
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Francois Venter takes the ball up from the restart before Blommetjies kicks down field. The Pumas run it back with De Klerk trying to spark something. The ball goes wide and there is a Cheetahs' knock-on and the Pumas will get a scrum on the Cheetahs' 10m line.
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Ebersohn cannot add the extras , but the Cheetahs lead 29-16!
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The Cheetahs get a penalty at the scrum and they opt for a 5m line-out. They win the ball and form the maul. They drive over the tryline and De Wet Kruger gets the try!
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The Cheetahs form the maul and they drive forward and make their way inside the Pumas' 22. The ball goes to Ebersohn and he chips with Francois Venter nearly getting the try. The Pumas will have a scrum 5m from their own tryline.
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Ebersohn kicks up field after the scrum, but play is brought back for a Cheetahs penalty from the scrum. Blommetjies gives his team a line-out deep inside the Pumas' half
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From a line-out inside the Cheetahs' 22, the Pumas lose the ball forward and the Cheetahs will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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Blommetjies kicks deep from his own 22 and Maritz runs it back with interest. The Pumas make their way back inside the Cheetahs 22 before a pass is intercepted. The Pumas start again on halfway. Van Staden sends a high ball, but play is brought back for a Pumas' penalty on the Cheetahs' 10m line.
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De Klerk kicks high after the restart and some scrappy play sees the home side get a line-out inside the Cheetahs' 22. The Pumas form the maul and they drive forward with Koch eventually being brought down. The ball goes wide before Frank Herne is tackled into touch.
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SECOND HALF: Sias Ebersohn starts the final 40 minutes!

Half Time

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Ebersohn adds the extras and the Cheetahs lead 24-16 at HALF-TIME!
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The Cheetahs get a penalty on their own 10m line after a frenetic passage of play. They have a line-out 5m from the Pumas' tryline. The away team forms the maul, but are driven back. They go wide and Benjamin is nearly through. Petersen is in a half gap and pops the ball up to Francois Venter who dives over for the try!
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Justin van Staden, from 45m out, converts the penalty and the Pumas are just one point behind the Cheetahs!
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From a line-out on halfway, The Pumas go to their midfield and they get a penalty with the Cheetahs caught offside. Van Staden will go for the three points from 45m out.
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The home side are now on the attack and they are in the Cheetahs' 22. The ball is turned over and Ebersohn clears and finds touch.
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Ebersohn converts the try and the Cheetahs lead 17-13
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The Cheetahs break out from deep in their own half after the restart with Blommetjies in space after a Venter break. The ball finds its way to Mohoje who sprints in for the try!
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Ebersohn adds the extras and the score is now 13-10 in favour of the home side!
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The Cheetahs form another maul before going wide and Petersen is in space and dives over for the try in the corner!
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The Cheetahs opt for a line-out from the penalty. The Bloem side forms the maul before Venter breaks . The Cheetahs are just a metre short from the Pumas tryline and they get another penalty. They opt for another line-out.
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From a line-out 15m from the Pumas' 22, Petersen takes the ball up before the ball is turned over once again by the home side. The Pumas keep the ball in hand and they give away a penalty on the ground just outside their own 22.
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From a scrum on their own 10m line, the Cheetahs get a free-kick and the go wide. The away team again loses possession and De Klerk kicks down field for the Pumas. The Cheetahs try and run the ball and they get a penalty deep in their own half.
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After a brief water break the game restarts! Fraser takes the ball up before De Klerk finds touch after the restart. The Cheetahs win the line-out on halfway and form the maul. They go wide and the ball is lost forward. The Pumas counter, but Hoffmann Maritz's kick goes too far and dead!
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Van Staden converts the try and the Pumas lead 13-3!
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The Pumas form the maul from the line-out in the Cheetahs 22 and they drive over the tryline with Jaco Bouwer scoring the try!
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The Cheetahs are put under pressure at the scrum and the Pumas turn the ball over. De Klerk goes wide and Speckan is in space. However, there was a high tackle on Benjamin gets a yellow card!
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Van Staden kicks deep from the restart and the Cheetahs run it back. Rhule's pass goes loose and the Cheetahs get a penalty. The Pumas take it quickly and Bernado Botha is almost through but the ball was lost forward.
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Van Staden converts the penalty and the Pumas lead 6-3!
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Ebersohn finds touch from the restart, but the Pumas will have an attacking line-out in the Cheetahs half. Fraser takes the ball up from the line-out. The Pumas make their way inside the Cheetahs 22 and they get a penalty
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The Pumas get the ball back in their own 22 from a line-out, but they lose the ball and the Cheetahs get a penalty on the ground. Ebersohn will go for the three points. He converts the penalty and the scores are level at 3-3!
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This time the Cheetahs get a scrum penalty and they will have a line-out near the Pumas' 10m line. They form the maul from the line-out and they drive forward into the Pumas' 22. They go wide but Ebersohn's pass goes to a Pumas' player and the home side are able to clear.
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De Klerk goes wide from the line-out, but the ball is lost forward by Fraser and the Cheetahs will have a defensive scrum near their own 10m line.
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Pumas get another scrum penalty with the Cheetahs collapsing again. Van Staden gives his team a line-out near the Cheetahs' 10m line.
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The Pumas are unable to collect from the line-out and the Cheetahs counter with Rhule who finds space and sprints towards halfway. The ball goes wide and it is lost forward and the Pumas will have a scrum deep in their own half.
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Ebersohn kicks too far from the restart and the home team has an attacking scrum on halfway. After another scrum reset, the Pumas get another scrum penalty and Van Staden gives his team a line-out in the Cheetahs' 22.
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Van Staden converts the penalty and the Pumas lead 3-0!
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After a scrum reset, The Pumas get a penalty and Van Staden will go for the three points.
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Ebersohn kicks down field from a line-out and Bell kicks high. The Cheetahs run it from their 22 but are tackled back. The ball is lost forward and the Pumas will have an attacking scrum in the Cheetahs 22.
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From a line-out in their own half, the Pumas form the maul before Faf de Klerk breaks . They go wide and Bell is tackled well on halfway. De Klerk kicks again and finds touch in the Cheetahs 22.
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KICK-OFF: Justin van Staden starts the game!
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A win is vital for both teams with only one semfinal spot left. The Golden Lions, Blue Bulls and Western Province have all secured semifinal spots.
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The Pumas won both meetings against the Cheetahs last year. They picked up a 28-21 win in Nelspruit and a 31-17 win in Bloemfontein.
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Welcome to the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit for live coverage of this Currie Cup clash between the Pumas and Free State Cheetahs!
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Free State Cheetahs
START LINE UP
  • 15 JW Bell
  • 14 Jerome Pretorius
  • 13 Hoffmann Maritz
  • 12 Stefan Watermeyer
  • 11 Rosco Speckman
  • 10 Justin Van Staden
  • 9 Francois de Klerk
  • 8 Jason Fraser
  • 7 Uzair Cassiem
  • 6 Jaco Bouwer
  • 5 Marius Coetzer
  • 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • 3 Vincent Koch
  • 2 Frank Herne
  • 1 Corne Fourie
RESERVES
  • 22 Bernado Botha
  • 21 Hennie Skorbinski
  • 20 Reynier Van Rooyen
  • 19 Marnus Schoeman
  • 18 Rudi Mathee
  • 17 De-Jay Terblanche
  • 16 Francois du Toit
START LINE UP
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 12 Ryno Benjamin
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 10 Sias Ebersohn
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 8 De Wet Kruger
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 6 Gerhard Olivier
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 4 Reniel Hugo
  • 3 Luan De Bruin
  • 2 Neil Rautenbach
  • 1 Theunis Nieuwoudt
RESERVES
  • 22 AJ Coertzen
  • 21 Neil Marais
  • 20 Ruan Van Rensburg
  • 19 Freddie Ngoza
  • 18 Willem Serfontein
  • 17 BG Uys
  • 16 Chase Morison
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round Nine

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:15

The Currie Cup season reaches a climax this weekend as a number of teams look to secure semifinal spots in the penultimate round of league games.

The Golden Lions are the only team guarenteed of a semifinal spot, so they will be looking to secure a home semifinal when they face defending champions Western Province at Ellis Park on Friday.

Western Province and the Blue Bulls are both on 29 log points, with the Bulls just holding on to the second home semifinal spot by virtue of their five points difference.

Both teams will be looking for a bonus point win this week as they chase a home semifinal spot.

The Free State Cheetahs travel to Nelspruit to face a difficult Pumas team.

The Pumas need a victory to stand any realistic chance of a semifinal berth, but the Cheetahs will be hoping to put to bed any chance the Pumas have of eclipsing them in the race to qualify.

The Sharks also still stand a chance of making the cut for the semifinals if they manage to secure a bonus point victory over Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

We look at all the Round Nine action!

Friday, October 2

Golden Lions v Western Province
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 18.00; 16.00 GMT)

Lions coach Johan Ackermann will be wary of complacency when his team faces Western Province in Johannesburg.

Both teams have been in scintillating form this season and this promises to be a very good game.

The Lions have already qualified for the semifinals, but they will want to maintain their unbeaten record when they face the team that beat them in last season's Currie Cup Final.

Ackerman told Rugby365: "They [Province]are defending champions so it won't be an easy game, but we don't treat this as a knock-out game - we treat it like any other game."

The Lions bring in a few youngsters into this match and the coach will hope that they can gain some experience playing against quality opposition.

"Dillon Smith gets a chance in the front row, which is great because he did well the first chance he got against the Sharks," said Ackermann.

"Ruan Janse van Rensburg played a few games from the bench so we will give him a chance in the starting XV.

"Martin Muller is out so that opens the door for a guy like Lourens Erasmus, so he get to play another big match."

Province have included Springbok centre Juan de Jongh in the starting lineup.

The Province captain has been out since week two.

His return will be a huge boost for the defending champions.

Province will once again look to young Robert du Preez to keep them on the front foot with his sniping breaks and reliable goal-kicking.

Recent results:

2014: WP won 19-16, Cape Town (Currie Cup Final)

2014: Lions won 35-33, Johannesburg

2014: WP won 27-14, Cape Town

2013: WP won 33-16, Cape Town (Currie Cup semifinal)

2013: WP won 36-23, Cape Town

Prediction: This will be a really tight game to call. Western Province will be the hungrier team with a home semifinal to play for, so they should win a very tight game.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Stephan de Witt, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Albertus Smith, 20 Jaco van der Walt, 21 Nicolaas Hanekom, 22 Sampie Mastriet.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe/Dillyn Leyds, 14 Dillyn Leyds/Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (captain), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Huw Jones.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff

Blue Bulls v Eastern Province Kings
(Loftus Versveld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)

Eastern Province Kings face a Blue Bulls team eager to secure a home semifinal spot.

The Kings have been very unpredictable this season but will find it tough against a Bulls team that was arguably the best team in the competition for the first five weeks.

The Kings will be looking for a strong performance from flyhalf Elgar Watts.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais will be looking to gain some momentum as the league phase of the competion enters it's penultimate round.

"We need to secure a play-off spot - a solid performance against the Kings will secure that," said Marais.

"We have played some good rugby this season, but we also had our lapses, so the big challenge will be to perform again as a unit.

"The Kings are dangerous and play for 80 minutes as they have shown last weekend, so we are going to need all 22 players to deliver on the night."

Blue Bulls captain, Pieter Labuschagne, is well aware of the fact that it could be their last game at home.

"We need two very good performances to host the semifinal, so if we slip up, this will be our last home game," he said.

We owe our supporters more than that. We trained well and with purpose, so we should be very competitive on Friday."

Recent Results:

2014: Bulls won 28-13, Port Elizabeth

2014: Bulls won 30-25, Pretoria

Prediction: The Kings will have to play out of their skins just to push the Bulls close. The Bulls will win this game comprehensively.

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Marvin Orie, 19 Ruan Steenkamp, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 William Small Smith.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead (captain), 11 Luther Obi, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Paul Schoeman, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Dwayne Kelly, 22 Karlo Aspeling.

Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Francois Pretorius

Saturday, October 3

Pumas v Free State Cheetahs
(Mombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 13.15; 11.15 GMT)

The Free State Cheetahs roll in to Nelspruit, after they lost heavily against the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein last week.

The Cheetahs have lost momentum in the absence of flyhalf, and pivot, Fred Zeilinga.

Sias Eberson has failed to impress in his first start last week against the Lions, and he will have to give a much more composed performance if they are to tame a fiesty Pumas team.

Pumas will look to shake up the race for a semifinal spot and put themselves in contention for a place in the knock-out phase.

They welcome back their captain Stephan Watermeyer after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Pumas caoch MJ Mentz said: "We are very glad Stephan back - we missed his captaincy last week - especially in the second half."

He expects the weather to play a big role in assisting his team's chances of winning.

"The heat is going to play a role in the last 20 minutes, especially since the Cheetahs play a similar game to us."

Recent Results:

2014: Pumas won 31-17,Bloemfontein

2014: Pumas won 28-21 Nelspruit

Prediction: The Pumas are a much better team than they have shown in their results this season. The Pumas will unsettle the Cheetahs attacking style and capitalise on their mistakes. Pumas will win a very close match.

Teams:

Pumas: 15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Jerome Pretoius, 13 Hoffmann Maritz, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Mathee, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Bernardo Botha

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Reniel Hugo, 3 Luan De Bruin, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Teunis Nieuwoudt .
Replacements: 16 Chase Morison, 17 Burrie Gildenhuys Uys, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Ruan Van Rensburg, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Adriaan van der Berg Coertzen.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Pieter Maritz
TMO: Willie Vos

Griquas v Sharks
(GWK Park, Kimberely - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

Griquas are right at the bottom of the Currie Cup log.

They are the only team that cannot mathematically qualify for the semifinals.

The fact that they have nothing to lose makes them a very dangerous opposition for the Sharks.

Ruhan Nel returns to the Griquas team from Sevens Academy duty and he slots in at left wing.

Ntabeni Dukisa covered for Nel in his absence, so he moves back to fullback.

The Sharks will look to rob the Cheetahs of a semifinal spot as they are just four points behind the men fron Bloemfontein.

Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, has only made one change to the team that lost 13-17 at home to the Blue Bulls last weekend.

Lock Marco Wentzel returns to the starting line-up as captain.

He played off the bench last week when No.8 Philip van der Walt led the side.

Wentzel’s return sees Ettienne Oosthuizen move to flank, with Christiaan de Bruin named on the bench in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

Recent Results:

2014: Griquas won 21-18, Durban

2014: Sharks won 31-24, Kimberley

2013: Sharks won 25-24, Kimberley

2013: Griquas won 32-30, Durban

2012: Sharks won 42-3, Durban

Prediction: Sharks should have enough to win against Griquas.

Teams:

Griquas: 15 Ntabeni Dukisa, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Jono Janse van Rensburg, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Abraham le Roux, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Leon Karemaker, 19 Wendal Wehr, 20 Dylon Frylinck, 21 Gouws Prinsloo, 22 Sandile Ngcobo.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Christiaan de Bruin, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Garth April.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Pieter Janse van Vuuren

Source: Rugby365.com and @SaRugby

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Pumas frustrate desperate Cheetahs

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:10

The Pumas showed some great fighting spirit as they managed to frustrate the Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit on Saturday.

The Pumas scored a 78th minute converted try to draw the game 37-37 in an epic Currie Cup clash.

The Pumas put on  the first points of the match with a Justin van Staden penalty after the Cheetahs conceded a penalty for collapsing the scrum.

Sias Eberson levelled the score in the 15th minute with a penalty in front of the posts.

Van Staden then slotted another penalty to give the Pumas a 6-3 lead.

Flank Jaco Bouwer then scored the first try of the match in the 20th minute as the Pumas mauled the ball over the tryline.

Van Staden duly added the extras.

The Cheetahs went down to 14 men when Ryno Benjamin was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.

The Pumas were content to slow down the game and hurt the Cheetahs backline with a number of brutal tackles.

The Cheetahs looked dangerous when they did run the ball but they made too many errors.

The Cheetahs then turned the match on it's head with two quick tries in two minutes when Sergel Petersen went over in the corner followed by Springbok loose forward Teboho Mohoje.

Eberson kicked both  conversions for a 17-13 lead to the Cheetahs.

Van Staden then kicked a huge 50 meter penalty to move within one point of the Cheetahs.

In the final minute of the first half Sergel Petersen popped the ball up for Francois Venter to dive over for the try.

Eberson slotted over the conversion. The Cheetahs went into the break leading 24-16.

The second half started slowly but Eberson kicked a great probing kick behind the defence - Venter almost scored the try but the referee judged that the ball was knocked-on.

The Cheetahs eventually scored their bonus point try when De Wet Kruger scored a try from behind a rolling maul. Eberson missed the conversion.

The Pumas fought back bravely as De-Jay Terblanche crashed over the tryline in the 56th minute after a number of phases of attack to put them back in the game.

Van Staden added the two points to make the score 23-29 as they closed the gap to six points.

The Pumas got a penalty right in front of the posts but they opted for the lineout five meters from the tryline.

The Pumas mauled over as Marnus Schoeman went over for the try and Van Staden kicked the difficult conversion for the Pumas to take a 30-29 lead.

The Cheetahs hit back immediatly as Freddy Ngoza barged over the line for a try to regain the lead for the Cheetahs.

In a freak incident Francois de Klerk, the smallest man on the field, managed to charge down the conversion. This moment would become key to the Pumas saving the match.

Neil Marais then added a penalty for the Cheetahs to give them a 37-30 lead with eight minutes left of the match.

The Pumas applied great pressure in the final minutes and they won a penalty five meters from the Cheetahs tryline.

Ryno Benjamin got his second yellow for a professional foul and he automatically gots a red card as a result of the second yellow.

Rudi Mathee then drove over for the Pumas bonus point try and van Staden made the game level at 37-37

Man of the Match: Pumas flyhalf Justin van Staden had a very good game as he kept his team in the match with his excellent boot. Francois Venter was very good on attack for the Cheetahs. Marnus Schoeman came off the bench to give the Pumas great forward momentum with his powerful drives and strong tackling. Man of the Match goes to Francois de Klerk for his great distribution and his match saving charge-down of the Cheetahs conversion in the 73rd minute.

The scorers:

For the Pumas:
Tries: Bouwer, De-Jay Terblanche, Schoeman, Mathee
Cons: Van Staden 4
Pens: Van Staden 3

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Petersen, Mohoje, Venter, Kruger, Ngoza
Cons: Eberson 3
Pens: Eberson 1, Marias

Yellow card: Ryno Benjamin (Free State Cheetahs, 21 - dangerous tackle), Ryno Benjamin (Free State Cheetahs, 78 - professional foul)

Red Card: Ryno Benjamin (Free State Cheetahs, 78 - two yellow cards)

The Teams:

Pumas: 15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Jerome Pretoius, 13 Hoffmann Maritz, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Mathee, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Bernardo Botha.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Reniel Hugo, 3 Luan De Bruin, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Teunis Nieuwoudt .
Replacements: 16 Chase Morison, 17 Burrie Gildenhuys Uys, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Ruan Van Rensburg, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Adriaan van der Berg Coertzen.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Pieter Maritz
TMO: Willie Vos

Jaco Bouwer (22min), De-Jay Terblanche (56min), Marnus Schoeman (68min), and Rudi Mathee (79min)
TRIES
Sergeal Petersen (31min), Teboho Mohoje (33min), Francois Venter (40min), De Wet Kruger (50min), and Freddie Ngoza (72min)
Justin Van Staden (22min), Justin Van Staden (57min), and Justin Van Staden (69min)
CONVERSIONS
Sias Ebersohn (32min), Sias Ebersohn (34min), and Sias Ebersohn (40min)
Justin Van Staden (7min), Justin Van Staden (18min), and Justin Van Staden (38min)
PENALTIES
Sias Ebersohn (15min) and Neil Marais (75min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Ryno Benjamin (21min) and Ryno Benjamin (79min)
 
Ryno Benjamin (79min)
 
VENUE Mbombela Stadium
REFEREE Jaco van Heerden