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Currie Cup | Nelspruit
12:00 (GMT) | 07-10-2017
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The ball is knocked on and the referee ends the game. FULL TIME
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The visitors looking to adds more. They win another scrum at the 5, this time in front of the sticks
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Scrum to the away team at the 5 of the hosts again
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The Griquas have the ball inside the 22 after the scrum now
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The Griquas defend along the 5 and break on the wing. They make it to the halfway but the referee had blown for a penalty to the away team
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Swart adds the extras
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The Griquas move it out wide and show some good form with inside and outside passes to confuse the Pumas defence. Kruger gets it inside the 22 and makes a break for it. He goes over the line to score a TRY and put his team ahead for the first time
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The ball is booted forward for Arendse to chase but it bounces into touch for a Pumas throw at their 22
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Scrum to the Griquas at their 22
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They move forward into the danger zone but the Griquas holding firm in defence now
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The ball cleared into touch and the Pumas take a line-out outside the 22 of the Griquas
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The Pumas make it over the line but the referee refers to the TMO for a possible knock-on. The call stays. 5 meter scrum for the away team
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Line-out taken and they move it along the 5, forming ruck after ruck
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The Pumas win a penalty from a strong turnover and Marais kicks into touch at the 5
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Line-out for the away team at the 10 of the hosts
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Griquas move it to the opposite wing. They win a penalty at the half way
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Another penalty to the visitors after the line-out. Griquas kick into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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The away team make their way forward but the Pumas win possession and kick forward into touch
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Penalty to the Griquas at their 5 and they kick into touch at the 22
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The conversion is good
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Coertzen gets it after a clearance and dodges two then offloads to Arendse who goes from outside the 22 and into the try area to pull one back for the Griquas
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Marais with a perfect record as he adds 2 more
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The Pumas shove themselves over the line from a maul and Herne is the man that has the ball in hand as he falls in the TRY area
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Penalty to the Pumas again after the throw and they kick into touch at the same place
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Griquas give away a penalty and the Pumas kick into touch at the away team 5
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Scrum to the Griquas at their 10. They move it out the back but it's turned over. The ball is booted forward by the hosts and put down for a 22 meter restart by the Griquas
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The ball lost forward by the hosts
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The Pumas looking to regain a grip on the game after a short restart
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Whitehead adds the extras
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A long pass by Ungerer is intercepted and Steyn runs from his own 22 to the try line to put the visitors right back in it. TRY
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The Pumas pushed back to the 22 and still looking for a way through
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They move the ball along the 5 but the Griquas hold
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Penalty to the Pumas after a scrum around the mid field. They kick into touch at the 22 of the away team
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Whitehead adds the extras
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The Griquas start the second half the same way the Pumas started the first. They maneuver the ball around quickly and Kruger makes it over the line along the wing an jogs in field to put it down close to the sticks. TRY
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The referee sounds his whistle for HALF TIME after the ball goes dead
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The ball lost forward by the Pumas and the visitors have a scrum outside the 22 of the hosts
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The Griquas move it to the other wing. The ball is tackled into touch for a Griquas throw
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Line-out for the Pumas outside the 22. The referee sounds his whistle after the throw for a penalty to the Griquas. Whitehead kicks it to the Pumas 10
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The Pumas kick deep inside the 22.The away team turnover and clear into touch
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WHhitehead adds the extras
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The Griquas fight to get to the 5. Throwing bodies at the ball, Wehr makes it over the try line for his team to score the Griquas first TRY in this fixture
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The Griquas move it to the other end of the field and the ball is lost forward in contact again. Scrum to the visitors inside the 10
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Griquas
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The ball lost forward by the Pumas inside their half after the throw
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Griquas win it from a kick forward and look to kick forward themselves but the ball heads into touch outside the home team 22
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The Pumas manage to clear the ball after the reset. The ball is tackled into touch for a home team throw at their 10
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Marais with another 2 points
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The kick forward by Ungerer is picked up by Skorbinski who runs all the way from his 10 to the try line to get his team the bonus point. TRY
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Line-out taken and cleared
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Griquas moving the ball around the pitch after the reset but loose it at the last. Line-out to the hosts at their 5
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Marais secures the extras
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The ball is put into touch again and they opt for the maul a second time. They shove the Griquas back over the away team try line and Janse van Rensburg bags the 5 points
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They attempt to make some ground with the maul but the referee halts play after he sees a Griquas man offside
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Penalty to the Pumas and they kick into touch at the 5 of the away team
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts at the 10 of the visitors
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Griquas have it at the half way now and the referee sounds his whistle for a knock on
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The ball changing hands between both sides around the mid field as they look for some continuity
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both teams now
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Penalty to the Pumas at their 5 following the restart. They kick into touch at the half way
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Marais secures the 2 points
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Pumas take their throw around the mid field. Marais with a kick forward and a simple offload to Engelbrecht sees him in for his second TRY
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Whitehead clears into touch after the scrum
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Penalty to the Griquas at their 5. Scrum to the away team
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Line-out taken and they move it along the 5
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Pumas win a penalty after the reset and kick into touch at the 5 of the visitors
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Whitehead takes his kick and gets his team on the scoreboard with 3 points
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Penalty against the Pumas and the Griquas look to kick at goal
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They opt for the maul following the throw but the Pumas show good strength to push them back. The cross kick is there but it goes into touch. Line-out to the hosts inside their 22
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The Griquas have a penalty inside the 10 and kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts. Line-out
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Marais adds the extras
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The Pumas come out firing. They push their way over the line rolling over the Griquas from the kickoff. Engelbrecht the man that stampedes over the line to open the scoring. TRY
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The sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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The Pumas made only one change to their starting team with hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg replacing Frankie Herne, who has been included among the replacements, while the Griquas made four personnel changes, which sees No.8 De Wet Kruger, lock Wandile Putuma, and wings Enver Brandt and Ederies Arendse earn starts
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Griquas, however, come off a morale-boosting victory against defending champions, the Free State Cheetahs, which they will want to build on, while they will also be fighting for survival, which could result in a nail-biting clash
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The men from Kimberley won three of their last four fixtures, while the Pumas emerged victorious in the outing between them in Kimberley in the first half of the competition
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Welcome to Nelspruit, where the Griquas will take on the Pumas
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Griquas
START LINE UP
  • 1 Khwezi Mona
  • 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg
  • 3 Pieter Scholtz
  • 4 Stefan Willemse
  • 5 Hugo Kloppers
  • 6 Brian Shabangu
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 8 Willie Engelbrecht
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Kobus Marais
  • 11 Ruwellyn Isbell
  • 12 Hennie Skorbinski
  • 13 Gerrit Smith
  • 14 Jerome Pretorius
  • 15 Justin Van Staden
RESERVES
  • 16 Frank Herne
  • 17 De-Jay Terblanche
  • 18 Cameron Lindsay
  • 19 Hilton Lobberts
  • 20 Francois Kleinhans
  • 21 Theo Maree
  • 22 Reynier Van Rooyen
  • 23 Salom Gavor
START LINE UP
  • 1 Liam Hendricks
  • 2 Abraham Le Roux
  • 3 Stephan Kotze
  • 4 Wandile Putuma
  • 5 Floris Pelser
  • 6 Wendal Wehr
  • 7 Sias Koen
  • 8 De Wet Kruger
  • 9 Christiaan Meyer
  • 10 George Whitehead
  • 11 Kyle Steyn
  • 12 Johnathan Francke
  • 13 Tertius Kruger
  • 14 Ederies Arendse
  • 15 Adriaan Coertzen
RESERVES
  • 16 Wilmar Arnoldi
  • 17 Marius Fourie
  • 18 Jonathan Adendorf
  • 19 Sintu Manjezi
  • 20 Shaun McDonald
  • 21 Renier Botha
  • 22 Andre Swarts
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round 13

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:17

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The scramble for semifinal places in the Currie Cup Premier Division will reach boiling point in the penultimate pool round this weekend, with the results set to be decisive in the teams' top four aspirations.

All six sides taking to the field are still in the race for semifinal berths, and while victories will keep them in the running, defeats could deal the knock-out blow to the hopes of the teams at the foot of the log.
 
The Sharks, meanwhile, will enjoy their bye with peace of mind that they have already secured the top spot on the log table and an invaluable home semifinal.

We take a look at all the Round 13 action!

Friday, October 6:

Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 18.15; 16.15 GMT)

The Free State Cheetahs and Blue Bulls will kick off the weekend's action in Bloemfontein on Friday where the hosts will be determined to bounce back from their defeat last week to remain in the top three on the log and in the race for a possible home semifinal.

But they will go up against a Blue Bulls team hurting from three back-to-back defeats and whose semifinal hopes will in all likelihood be dashed completely if they suffer another defeat.
 
The Cheetahs have won the last three match-ups between the sides in the competition, two of which were in Bloemfontein, but the visitors went down by one point against them in Pretoria earlier in the season, which they will want to make amends for. This includes last year's final in the Free State capital.

The Free State Cheetahs made five personnel changes to their team, which sees wings Cecil Africa and Jacobus Jonker earn starts. The match will be particularly significant for Jonker and fullback Clayton Blommetjies, as they will play their 100th and 50th Currie Cup matches respectively.

The Blue Bulls, in turn, opted for continuity in selection and named an identical starting team to last week, with the only change on the bench being prop Matthys Basson replacing Dayan van der Westhuizen.

"It is an important match for us, as we need to show more improvement and progress. The hard work is slowly paying off and now the processes and results must start coming together," said Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell. 

Blue Bulls captain, Burger Odendaal, said the team is keen to play.

"Last weekend, despite the result, was a huge boost for us as we are getting more and more competitive every week and the progress and belief is getting better every week. That is very pleasing from a squad perspective and we are slowly but surely getting on the same page. That is very exciting to be part of," Odendaal said.

Recent results:
2017: Free State Cheetahs won 41-40, Pretoria
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

Prediction: The Blue Bulls will be desperate, especially after their defeat to Western Province last week. The Bulls will win by eight points.

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Jacobus Jonker, 13 Aliqhayiya Mgijima, 12 Lloyd Greeff, 11 Vuyani Maqina, 10 Robbie Petzer, 9 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Nicolaas Immelman, 6 Chris Dry (captain), 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Dennis Visser, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Johan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 18 Andrew Kuhn, 19 Jeremy Jordaan, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Juan-Philip Smith, 22 Stephan Janse van Rensburg.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Ashton Fortuin, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Mautlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Darren Colby
TMO: Lourens van der Merwe

Saturday, October 7:

Pumas v Griquas
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 14.00; 12.00 GMT)

In Nelspruit, the clash between the Pumas and Griquas on Saturday is expected to be equally thrilling, as a victory for the hosts could see them possibly work their way into the playoff contention or stay within pouncing distance of a top-four spot, while the visitors will desperate to win as a defeat will deal the killer blow to their hopes.
 
The men from Kimberley won three of their last four fixtures, while the Pumas emerged victorious in the outing between them in Kimberley in the first half of the competition.
 
Griquas, however, come off a morale-boosting victory against defending champions, the Free State Cheetahs, which they will want to build on, while they will also be fighting for survival, which could result in a nail-biting clash.
 
The Pumas made only one change to their starting team with hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg replacing Frankie Herne, who has been included among the replacements, while the Griquas made four personnel changes, which sees No.8 De Wet Kruger, lock Wandile Putuma, and wings Enver Brandt and Ederies Arendse earn starts.

Recent results:
2017: Pumas won 27-21, Kimberley
2016: Griquas won 41-35, Nelspruit
2015: Griquas won 32-15, Kimberley
2014: Griquas won 31-27, Kimberley
2014: Pumas won 33-15, Nelspruit

Prediction: We can't see the Pumas losing at home to Griquas. Pumas will win by 10 points.

Teams:

Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smit, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Theo Maree/Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Selom Gavor.

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Liam Hendricks. 
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Marius Fourie, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Shaun McDonald, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Andre Swarts.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Des van Wyk
TMO: Willie Vos

Sunday, October 8:

Golden Lions v Western Province
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 14.30; 12.30 GMT)

The match between the Golden Lions and Western Province in Johannesburg on Sunday will also be gripping as both sides are currently in the top four, while the Capetonians will have the extra incentive of wanting to remain in second place on the standings for a possible home semifinal.

The hosts won three of their last four encounters, but the visitors registered a convincing 39-3 win against them in Cape Town in August. 

Adding to this Western Province have scored an impressive 101 points in their last two matches, meaning they will enter the match with self-belief.

Golden Lions coach Swys de Bruin and his Western Province counterpart John Dobson will announce their teams on Friday.

Western Province head coach Dawie Snyman knows that the Lions will be a lot tougher to beat this time around. 

"I think all the teams got better as the season went on," said Snyman. 

"The Lions after the Super Rugby Final, it took them two or three weeks to get themselves together as a squad and build momentum. 

"It will be a tough match on Sunday."

Recent results:
2017: Western Province 39-3, Cape Town
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)

Prediction: Western Province will take this one by seven points or less.

Teams:

Golden Lions: TBC

Western Province: TBC

Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Paul Mente
TMO: Pro Legoete

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Griquas' second-half blitz dents Pumas

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:00

CURRIE CUP REPORT: Griquas second-half performance made sure the side record a narrow 38-35 win over the Pumas in Nelspruit on Saturday.

The Griquas, fresh from a 59-24 win over the Free State Cheetahs, were forced to overturn a 10-28 deficit at the break.

The win sees the Griquas bounced into the sixth place, while the Pumas' aspirations of slotting into the top four will have to wait another week when their take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus.

It was really a game of two halves. Both sides scored five tries a-piece but a penalty by George Whitehead proved to be the only difference on the scoreboard.

The hosts got off to a blistering start. From the kick-off, they won the ball and had possession inside the Griquas' 22. The Pumas produced relentless pick-up and drives and after several phases inside the red zone, No.8 Willie Engelbrecht powered his way over the line. Flyhalf Kobus Marais added the extras and the host went 7-0 up after just 3 minutes of play.

Minutes later Griquas point-machine, George Whitehead narrowed the deficit with a successful penalty kick after Brian Shabangy made a dangerous tackle inside his own 22, fortunately for the hosts the flank escaped with a stern warning as  Quinton Immelman kept his yellow card safely in his pocket.

Engelbrecht bagged a brace of tries just after the 10th minute, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer collected Marais' up and under and gave an inside ball to the No.8, who just had the line to beat.

Every time the Pumas broke into the Griquas' half their bagged points, and after just 20 minutes it was no different. From the line-out Janse van Rensburg bagged the five points form the back of the maul.
 
Griquas just could not recover and with the 30th minutes, appraching captain Hennie Skorbinski was on his way to try-line for the bonus-point, 28-3.

The Griquas finally broke the deadlock after great composure got the side inside the  Pumas' half. Sias Koen's pass was collected by Wendel Wehr who wrestled his way through the defence for the try. Whitehead added the extras, to trail 10-28. at the break.

It seems the half-time talk did wonders for the visitors, because within a minute the centre  Tertius Kruger dot down under posts after great work wide. Whitehead made sure they grabbed the much needed two points.

Kyle Steyn narrowed the lead to just four points with a converted try. The wing intercepted Ungerer's lob pass and outpace his defender to slide over the white chalk.

For a brief moment, it looked like the Pumas' had the win sealed. They returned back to their first-half technique and with a good driving maul replacements Frankie Herne went over the line for the try. Marais added the extras, 35-24.

Ederies Arendse soon got his seventh Currie Cup, which seems to have become a Griquas normality. The wing received a great offload from captain Andries Coetzee, who dummied two defenders to set up the try.

Engelbrecht almost had a hat-trick, but after desperate defending by Pumas forced a knock-on on the try-line.

With five minutes left on the clock, Griquas took the lead. Speedster Steyn turned on a razzle-dazzle and sidestepped his way past the defenders to set up Kruger for his second try of the match. Swarts, the replacement flyhalf, added the extras, 38-35.  

Just two minutes left of the Clock, the basement dwellers produced scintillating rugby while the Pumas were left wondering in dismay. The Griquas had two penalties inside the Pumas' five and opted for the scrum on both occasions. They enjoyed possession inside the Pumas' red zone but a handling error halted the try-scoring opportunity and had to settle for the three-point winning margin.


Man of the match: Pumas No.8 Willie Engelbrecht was a handful and his brace of tries handed his side a great platform. Frankie Herne's robust performance proved to be vital for his side. Our nod goes to Griquas wing Kyle Steyn, the wing showed great tenacity on  attack which set up centre Tertius Kruger' try and he got his name on the scoresheet as well.

The scorers:

For Pumas:

Tries: Engelbrecht 2, Janse van Rensburg, Skorbinski, Herne
COns:  Marais 5

For Griquas:
Tries
:  Wehr,  Kruger 2, Steyn, Arendse
Cons: Whitehead 4, Swarts
Pen: Whitehead


Teams:

Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smit, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Theo Maree/Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Selom Gavor.

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Marius Fourie, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Shaun McDonald, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Andre Swarts.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Des van Wyk
TMO: Willie Vos

Willie Engelbrecht (1min), Willie Engelbrecht (11min), Marko Janse van Rensburg (21min), Hennie Skorbinski (25min), and Frank Herne (53min)
TRIES
Wendal Wehr (34min), Tertius Kruger (41min), Kyle Steyn (46min), Ederies Arendse (55min), and Tertius Kruger (74min)
Kobus Marais (2min), Kobus Marais (12min), Kobus Marais (22min), Kobus Marais (26min), and Kobus Marais (54min)
CONVERSIONS
George Whitehead (35min), George Whitehead (42min), George Whitehead (47min), George Whitehead (56min), and Andre Swarts (75min)
 
PENALTIES
George Whitehead (6min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Nelspruit
REFEREE Quinton Immelman (South Africa)