Mentz laments 'slipped' chances

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:09
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REACTION: Pumas head coach MJ Mentz was disappointed with the many try-scoring opportunities his team spurned during their 35-41 loss to Griquas on Friday.

The loss was the Pumas third in a row and they are currently in eighth position on the standings. They are still without a win in this year's Currie Cup Premier Division.

"We played much better rugby at times tonight [Friday]," said Mentz.

"Unfortunately, we slipped two easy tries that they converted. We scored our four tries that we were really happy about and we really competed well in set pieces, but it was still not good enough on the night. 

"The slipped chances were really disappointing."

Meanwhile, Griquas head coach Peter Engledow said he was happy with the win, despite his team not being at their best throughout the 80 minutes.

"We are delighted to get the win," said Engledow.

"Obviously we came a here [Nelspruit] a few times before and came unstuck. We knew it was going to be a very intense battle and we knew the Pumas were under quite a bit of pressure, so they came out hard. 

"I am just delighted with the performance. We were not at our best, but the guys held out and it was a good battle."

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 1 1 0 0 5
Pumas 1 1 0 0 5
Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 5
Griquas 1 0 0 1 2
Golden Lions 1 0 0 1 2
Sharks 1 0 0 1 0
Western Province 0 0 0 0 0