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Currie Cup | Kimberley
12:30 (GMT) | 20-08-2017
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Thank you for joining us for this Currie Cup clash. Please join us next week Friday at 18:30 as we build up to the match between the Pumas and the Blue Bulls!
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Griquas take the shot at goal through Whitehead to get a losing bonus point out of the match and the kick is over, and that will be it, well done to the Pumas!
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Pumas knock it on and they look to get a score to get within bonus point range and they have a penalty advantage!
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Pumas turned it over and they are just killing time by setting up phases and then take it wide as we head into the final minute!
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Lewis sprints down the wing and is tackled into touch. Griquas look to score immediately to have a chance to win!
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Referee brings them back for the penalty and van Staden lines up to the posts and it is good!
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Pumas set a maul and rumble a few meters forward and will look to take the game away from the hosts here as they break away and they are setting it up with their forwards about 15ms from the Griquas try line and referee is playing advantage!
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Griquas look to attack from deep and take it wide and Janse van Rensburg passed the ball straight into touch!
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Penalty to Griquas in their 22 for no clear release! Whitehead finds touch just inside the Pumas half! They win the lineout and set their attack !!
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Griquas have a penalty for offside on their 10m line! Whitehead finds touch just outside the Pumas 22, but they over throw it and gifts the Oumas more possession as they clear and Griquas have to attack from deep again!
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Griquas attacking from inside their 22 and making good meters with ball in hand!!
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Whitehead lines up the penalty kick and brings his side back within 7 points!
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Griquas win a tighthead and are under advantage for offside and referee brings them back for the penalty!
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Scrum reset called.
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Griquas set the maul and then takes it coast to coast, but not really making many meters and frustration sees a forced pass out wide go forward and the Pumas have a scrum in their own half!
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Power shove by Griquas and they win a relieving scrum penalty!! Swarts finds touch outside his 22!
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Pumas win the ball back from the restart and Ungerer box kicks again and Zana looks to gather, but he is dragged over and the ball is taken in, referee checking for obstruction though.
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Penalty to the Pumas for obstruction and they opt for the 5m scrum.
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Swarts missed the conversion from wide!
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Swarts finds touch 8ms from the Pumas line. They win the lineout, but then knock the ball and Ebersohn clears as Steyn takes it quickly and Zana is tackled, released the ball on halfway, picks it up and makes a great break and is tackled in his 22, but finds Botha who goes over in the corner for the TRY!!
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Pumas win the scrum and van Staden clears into the Griquas half. Griquas win the lineout and is under advantage for offside and they look to have a crack at it, but referee brings them back for the penalty.
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Griquas look to strike back as they work their way into the Pumas 22, but the Pumas force a maul and win the turnover!
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Griquas set the maul and then takes it wide to Steyn, and he is tackled but the ball goes into touch off a Pumas player.
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Pumas steal the lineout and Ungerer hoists it high again, and Steyn misjudging the ball as it touched his foot and went into touch. Pumas win the lineout and set their attack, but then lose it forward and Griquas win a penalty at the breakdown!
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Meyer feeds and picks up and then the Griquas player is tackled into touch. Pumas win the lineout and Ungerer hoists it high, but Griquas win a penalty for no clear release.
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Knock on off a high ball and Griquas have a scrum on halfway.
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van Staden lines up the penalty kick and this time it is away!
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Pumas win the lineout and they set an attack yet again and win a penalty as the Griquas went off their feet at the ruck!
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Meyer feeds the Pumas put pressure on the Griquas scrum, but they get away with it and Meyer clears well outside his 22.
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Pumas looking good with ball in hand and makes some good meters in the Griquas half and van Staden puts a great grubber through and Isbell knocks it on with an open try line ahead of him!
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Swart starts the second half and a sloppy take from the Pumas, but they manage to get it back as Ungerer clears and Griquas find themselves under all sorts of pressure in their 22 with sloppy play, but Myer clears and the Pumas attack as it was not out!

Half Time

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Ungerer feeds and Kleinhans picks up, but they lose it and Meyer kicks it downfield and as the hooter sounds for half time Gerrit Smith kicks it out and that will be half time, see you back for the second half!
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Scrum reset called.
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Ungerer snipes past the ruck in his own half and he is tackled 5ms short as the Griquas defence have massive holes in this match so far, they get over the line, but is held up and have a 5m attacking scrum!
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Zana makes a good break again and yet again the pass doesn't go to hand and the Pumas have a scrum in their own half.
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Penalty to the Pumas at scrum time! van Staden points for the posts and extends his side's lead!
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Scrum to the Griquas in their half after a breakout from Cloete but they knocked it on!
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Great breakout from Zana and he look to find Steyn on the inside and Steyn just couldn't gather it and knocks it on! Scrum Pumas!
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van Staden converts!
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Pumas setting the phases up with their forwards and Khwezi Mona with the help of his team mates on his backs drives over the line for the TRY!!
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Ball knocked on by Griquas and Coete kicks through and into touch in the Griquas 22. Pumas have the lineout and they set their maul and then breaks away as they set their attack 5ms out!
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Wind seems to be a bit of an issue as the ball is knocked on off the restart and Griquas have a scrum in their 22.
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Swarts with his first penalty of the afternoon and he has nailed it!
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Griquas struggling a bit to get over the advantage line, but keeps possession and applying pressure and win a penalty for their efforts as the Pumas was offside!
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Ungerer hoists it high and Griquas get it as the ball went straight up in the wind and now Griquas set their attack in the Pumas half!
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van Staden converts!
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Ungerer feeds and they set the phases again and as referee calls advantage Cloete bursts over and scores the TRY!!
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Pumas on the attack and are just a few meters short but held up and the Pumas have a 5m attacking scrum!
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Swarts bangs a massive clearance again into the Pumas half, but they take it quickly and Ungerer clears from the base and they manage to get it back and work their way up to the Griquas 5m line!
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Swarts slots it over!!
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Meyer feeds and gets it out to Kruger who sets it up and they spread it wide sloppy, but well recovered and finds Coertzen who goes over for the TRY!!
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Free kick to Griquas for an early shove and they take it quickly and Steyn grubbers it through and force the Pumas to dot it dead and have a 5m scrum!
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Knock on by the Pumas and Griquas have a scrum on the Pumas 10m line.
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van Staden converts!
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Pretorius overthrows and Steyn makes a good break but passes the ball into a Pumas player's hand and they win a penalty as Ungerer takes it quickly and the Pumas are on the attack and Jerome Pretorius get through a gap and gives it to Kleinhans who goes over for the TRY!!
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Swarts get a massive clearance kick away into the Pumas half from his own 22. Pumas win the lineout and win a penalty as Griquas was offside at the lineout! Van Staden finds touch in the Griquas 22!
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Pumas on the attack in their own half before Ungerer hoists it high and the Pumas have it back in the Griquas half and will look to strike first, but Griquas turn it over and kicks it back!
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Pumas lose the lineout and look to counter as Zana kick it downfield and Steyn chased, but the ball just eluded him and rolled over the dead ball line! Referee to check!
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Griquas look to attack from their own half and manage to get into Pumas territory as they set up the phases looking to stretch the Pumas defence, but it is all in vain as Pretorius win the breakdown penalty and van Staden finds touch in the Griquas half
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Penalty to Griquas at scrum time! Swarts finds touch just outside his 22.
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Another scrum collapse and a reset is called.
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Scrum reset called.
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Griquas lose the ball off the kickoff and the Pumas have early possession in the Griquas 22, but they knock it on and it's an early Gruiquas defensive scrum
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Jaco Peyper blows his whistle as Justin van Staden get us underway!
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Prediction: Griquas have been fantastic in their last two games and we can't see them losing to the Pumas in Kimberley. Griquas will win by 14 points.
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Players to watch- For Griquas: Andre Swarts have been solid in directing play and taking control for his side and also boast a solid boot to the posts. He will be key to a possible Griquas win today. For the Pumas: Chris Cloete is in the starting line-up and is always a throne in the flesh at the breakdown with his ability to win turnover ball. He also boasts some great pace and good ball handling skills.
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The Pumas attack have been good this season, but soft moments on defence cost them at crucial stages in past games, they will look to sharpen that aspect of their game today.
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The Pumas have had a disappointing season so far by only managing to get one win from four games, they had a bye last week and will be ready and raring to go to try and turn their season around this afternoon
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Last week the hosts pulled a massive upset as they beat their friends from Bloemfontein to end their unbeaten run in the competition and also beat Western Province in a midweek game before and they will want to make a massive statement today that they are in this competition to win it!
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Welcome to the Sunday afternoon Currie Cup clash between the Griquas and the Pumas live from GWK Park in Kimberley!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Devon Martinus
  • 2 Marius Fourie
  • 3 Stephan Kotze
  • 4 Shaun McDonald
  • 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuuren
  • 6 Wendal Wehr
  • 7 Sias Koen
  • 8 Jonathan Barry Janse van Rensburg
  • 9 Christiaan Meyer
  • 10 Andre Swarts
  • 11 Adriaan Coertzen
  • 12 Jonathan Francke
  • 13 Tertius Kruger
  • 14 Kyle Steyn
  • 15 Eric Zana
RESERVES
  • 16 AJ le Roux
  • 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen
  • 18 Jonathan Adendorf
  • 19 Kevin Kaba
  • 20 Renier Botha
  • 21 George Whitehead
  • 22 Koch Marx
START LINE UP
  • 1 Khwezi Mona
  • 2 Mark Pretorius
  • 3 Pieter Scholtz
  • 4 Stefan Willemse
  • 5 Hugo Kloppers
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 7 Lambert Groenewald
  • 8 Francois Kleinhans
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Justin Van Staden
  • 11 Ruwellyn Isbell
  • 12 Hennie Skorbinski
  • 13 Jerome Pretorius
  • 14 JP Lewis
  • 15 Gerrit Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Frank Herne
  • 17 De-Jay Terblanche
  • 18 Cameron Lindsay
  • 19 Thembelani Bholi
  • 20 Carel Greeff
  • 21 Reynier Van Rooyen
  • 22 Robert Ebersohn
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Six

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:58

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Four of the five Springbok squad members released for Currie Cup duty this weekend will take to the field for their respective provinces in a timely boost as the sides look to build momentum in the competition.

Blue Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant, Western Province wing Dillyn Leyds, and the Free State Cheetahs duo of Francois Venter (centre) and Teboho Mohoje (flank) have all been handed starts as the Currie Cup enters the sixth round.
 
In a full weekend of action, Western Province will host the Golden Lions in Cape Town on Friday, the Free State Cheetahs will take on the Blue Bulls in Pretoria in a repeat of last year's final on Saturday, and Griquas will take on the Pumas in Kimberley on Sunday. 

The Sharks have a bye.

We take a look at all the Round Six action!

Friday, August 18:

Western Province v Golden Lions
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT)

The clash between the Golden Lions and Western Province on Friday in Cape Town is expected to be thrilling as both teams have battled to build momentum this season, while they have developed a solid rivalry over the years.
 
The last time the Johannesburg team defeated Western Province at Newlands was in 2012, but anything can happen on Friday as the Golden Lions will be desperate to bounce back from two defeats, while the hosts will want to build on their victory at home last week.
 
There were only two changes to the Capetonians' starting team, with flank Cobus Wiese making his debut and Leyds replacing Bjorn Basson, while the Golden Lions will be led by prop Jacques van Rooyen following the injury to Ryan Kankowski in a team that also shows few changes to last week.

"The Lions I almost think their campaign is starting now in terms of getting their Super Rugby campaign finished and settling in as a new coaching team with Swys [De Bruin] and his assistants," said Western Province assistant coach Dawie Snyman.

"They will definitely be a strong challenge for us on Friday."

Meanwhile, Golden Lions head coach Swys de Bruin is not panicking despite his side's slow start to this year's competition.

"We can't afford, with this group of players, to look too far ahead," said De Bruin, adding: "Many of the players were with us [in Super Rugby].

"Many of these players did not get a lot of game time and now they do get game time.

"They know what we expect of them and they know how the Lions play. It is just a matter of time then things will come right."

Recent results:
2016: Golden Lions won 58-32, Johannesburg
2015: Golden Lions won 32-24, Johannesburg (Final)
2015: Golden Lions won 62-32, Johannesburg 
2014: Western Province won 19-16, Cape Town (Final)
2014: Golden Lions won 35-33, Johannesburg

Prediction: It's a tough one to call. Both sides have deadly attackers across the park. However, WP are at home and that is why we think they will edge it by five points.

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Eddie Zandberg, 20 Stephan de Wit, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Dan Kriel.

Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Antony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacques van Rooyen (captain), 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Johannes Jonker, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Jack Hart, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden 
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Kwezi Mqomboti 
TMO: Shaun Veldsman 

Saturday, August 19:

Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 14.05; 12.05 GMT)

The Free State Cheetahs will be hunting their third successive Currie Cup win against the Blue Bulls. The last time the teams met was in the 2016 Final, which the Free Staters won 36-16.
 
The defending champions have been bolstered by the return of Francois Venter, who reclaims the captaincy, and Teboho Mohoje, in a team that sees several changes, while Dennis Visser and Ali Mgijima could make their debuts off the bench.
 
Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais also drafted in Warrick Gelant, while Burger Odendaal will lead the team in the absence of Boom Prinsloo, who is sick.

"We need a strong performance on Saturday," said Marais.

"The two defeats in our last two matches really hurt, but there were some positives signs, especially the way we finished against Western Province last weekend. 

"That said, we now know that the bar is set very high in the Currie Cup and everyone is aware that only our very best effort will get us over the line."

Meanwhile, Free State Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan is happy to have Venter and Mohoje back in the mix.

"I am very happy not just from a playing perspective, but from a leadership perspective as well," said Duncan.

"It is good to have him [Venter], it is good to have Oupa [Teboho Mohoje] back in the line-up. 

"They obviously bring something special from their quality of play, but from a leadership perspective they are a calming factor in the team."

Recent results:
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 36-16, Bloemfontein (Final)
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 43-20, Bloemfontein
2015: Blue Bulls won 24-17, Pretoria
2015: Blue Bulls won 57-19, Bloemfontein
2014: Blue Bulls won 31-22, Bloemfontein

Prediction: Both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats. It will be another close one, but we think the Blue Bulls will win by seven points or less.

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Kefentse Mahlo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nicholas de Jager, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman, 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Marco van Staden/Clyde Davids, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 John Jackson.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ryno Eksteen, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Armand Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Niche.
Replacements: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Dennis Visser, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Juan-Philip Smith, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Rosko Specman.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Monray Gillbert
TMO: Lesego Legoete

Sunday, August 20:

Griquas v Pumas
(Griqua Park, Kimberley - Kick-off: 14.30; 12.30)

In Kimberley, Griquas will have their sights set on their third win in a row after toppling Western Province and the Free State Cheetahs and their fourth consecutive victory against the Pumas and when they line up in Kimberley.
 
The visitors from Mpumalanga will have everything to play for as they come off three straight defeats after kicking off the season with a victory against the Golden Lions.
 
The Kimberley outfit have won the last three matches between the sides since 2014, which should boost their confidence, while they will also look to take advantage of the fact that the Pumas come off a bye.
 
Pumas flank Chris Cloete will earn his first start after a number of appearances off the bench, in one of four personnel changes to the team, as the coaching staff opted for continuity in selection for the clash.

"We obviously got a big challenge this week against a Griquas team that has got some confidence," said Pumas head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg. "They are a team that really likes to keep the ball in hand and play you to the edge a lot.

"They play wide rugby. It will be very important that we got good width on defence, with good line speed and put them under pressure. They will need to slow the ball down in the collision this week.

"I think if we can contain their play to the edge then we will be in the game. Our catch-up defence is going to have to be really good and we need to be prepared to defend a high phase volume in this game. They have the ability to keep the ball for very long and extended periods and we need to just battle that storm."

Recent results:
2016: Griquas won 41-35, Nelspruit
2015: Griquas won 32-15, Kimberley
2014: Griquas won 31-27, Kimberley
2014: Pumas won 33-15, Nelspruit
2013: Pumas won 33-15, Nelspruit (Promotion/Relegation)

Prediction: Griquas have been fantastic in their last two games and we can't see them losing to the Pumas in Kimberley. Griquas will win by 14 points.

Teams:

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse Van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr (captain), 5 Pieter Jansen Van Vuren, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Devon Martinus.
Replacements: 16 Abraham le Roux, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Kevin Kaba, 20 Renier Botha, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Koch Marx.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Khwezi Mona. 
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Reynier Van Rooyen, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Mpho Matsaung
TMO: JJ Wagner

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Pumas down Griquas in gruelling encounter

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:00

CURRIE CUP REPORT: The Pumas were forced to dig deep in the second half to keep Griquas at bay to record a gruelling 27-21 victory in Kimberley on Sunday.

Griquas managed to keep the visitors scoreless for 37 second-half minutes as they clawed their back from a 10-24 half-time deficit to trail 18-24 in the 76th minute. However, a George Whitehead penalty sealed the victory for the visitors - their second of the campaign.

Despite the disappointing result, the home side managed to secure a losing bonus point.

The home side had the first meaningful attack of the game in the sixth minute when Wendal Wehr reacted quickest to a messy Pumas line-out. They immediately flung the ball the other way and found fullback Eric Zana in the attacking line. 

He kicked ahead for Kyle Steyn to chase and the wing did just that and managed to dot the ball down, Unfortunately, replays showed that he had grounded the ball on the dead-ball line and the Pumas survived.

It became a territorial battle from that point as both sides looked to pin their opponents' in their half of the field. Once that settled, the teams switched tactics to run the ball. A quickly taken penalty by scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer go the visitors onto the front foot.

They kept the ball alive to find lock Stefan Willemse on the wing and he made a few metres. The recycled ball was handed to Francois Kleinhans, who charged for the try-line. He was brought down a few metres short before offloading to centre Jerome Pretorius, who cantered over. Justin van Staden popped over the conversion to hand his side a 7-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Back came Griquas though and Zana was once again vital in placing the Pumas under pressure. His grubber had Gerrit Smith scrambling to clean up and forced into taking the ball into his in-goal area. Griquas spread the ball from the resulting scrum and found Zana. 

Under pressure, he managed to make space for himself before releasing Adriaan Coertzen down the touchline and the captain grabbed the home side's first try of the game. Andre Swarts added the conversion to level matters at 7-7 after 17 minutes.

The Pumas went on the attack immediately and worked their way over Griquas' try-line but the home side managed to hold their opponents up over the line. The Pumas maintained possession from the resulting scrum and set up a few phases before quick thinking by Chris Cloete saw the flank break around the fringe to grab his side's second try.

It was another easy conversion for Van Staden as he stretched his side's lead to 14-7 after 22 minutes.

The see-saw nature of the game continued as Griquas attacked. The Pumas were caught offside on their 22 and Swarts opted to have a shot at goal. The flyhalf made no mistake as he reduced the deficit to 10-14 after 26 minutes.

The Pumas remained calm as they went up field once again. They remained patient inside Griquas' 22 and after a number of phases, Kwezi Mona used his massive frame to power his way over. Van Staden maintained his 100 percent kicking record to ensure a 21-10 lead after 31 minutes.

It was all going the way of the Pumas as Van Staden extended his side's lead to 24-10 after 36 minutes when he popped over his first penalty of the game after Griquas were penalised at scrum time. The visitors looked for their bonus point in the final minutes of the half but failed to do so by the half-time interval.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half saw Griquas maintaining more possession but not troubling the scoreboard until the 58th minute when replacement Renier Botha got himself over the line when he received an offload from Zana, who got the move going with a blistering break.

Swarts failed with the conversion as the home side trailed 15-24.

Griquas cut into the Pumas' lead in the 69th minute when George Whitehead slotted a penalty to reduce the deficit to just six points as his side trailed 18-24. 

The result was put to bed in the 77th minute when Van Staden slotted his second penalty of the game after Griquas was penalised inside their 22 for entering a ruck from the side. The successful kick ensured the visitors held a 27-18 lead.

George Whitehead brought the curtain down on the match when he slotted an 81st-minute penalty to ensure the home side bagged a bonus point.

Man of the match: For Griquas, Kyle Steyn and Adriaan Coertzen showed plenty of speed when they were let loose while Wendal Wehr put in the hard yards. Griquas' main threat came via fullback Eric Zana, whose grubber kicks placed the Pumas under all sorts of pressure while he racked up plenty of metres with numerous carries. Stefan Willemse got involved in nearly every phase of the Pumas' attack and kept the engine room going while Stefan Ungerer dictated play and had a sniping run or two. Even though he played just 52 minutes, the impact he had in that time saw him bag our award. Loose forward Chris Cloete was an absolute beast as he won turnovers and made metres with a few strong carries.

Scorers:

For Griquas:
Tries: Coertzen, Botha
Con: Swarts
Pens: Swarts, Whitehead 2

For the Pumas:
Tries: Pretorius, Cloete, Mona
Cons: Van Staden 3
Pens: Van Staden 2

Teams:

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse Van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr (captain), 5 Pieter Jansen Van Vuren, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Devon Martinus.
Replacements: 16 Abraham le Roux, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Kevin Kaba, 20 Renier Botha, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Koch Marx.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Khwezi Mona. 
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Reynier Van Rooyen, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Mpho Matsaung
TMO: JJ Wagner

Adriaan Coertzen (16min) and Renier Botha (56min)
TRIES
Francois Kleinhans (11min), Chris Cloete (21min), and Khwezi Mona (29min)
Andre Swarts (17min)
CONVERSIONS
Justin Van Staden (12min), Justin Van Staden (21min), and Justin Van Staden (30min)
Andre Swarts (25min), George Whitehead (68min), and George Whitehead (80min)
PENALTIES
Justin Van Staden (35min) and Justin Van Staden (77min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Kimberley
REFEREE Jaco Peyper