CC:Pumas 33, Griquas 15


2013_ABSA_Currie_Cup_Rugby__93723_1362469921_1280_1280The spotlight may be on the Currie Cup Final at Newlands on Saturday, but 24 hours earlier two teams will be in a desperate duel for Premier Division status. At the Mbombela Stadium, in Nelspruit, on Friday the Pumas and Griquas will go head-to-head in the return match of their two-game promotion relegation series.

Griquas, courtesy of their two-point win in Kimberley last week require just two points – via a win, draw or two bonus points – to retain their Currie Cup status.

The Pumas must win by at least three points and prevent Griquas from getting more than one bonus point.


Pumas: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Bell, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Speck man, 10 JC Roos, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 RW Kember, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Rudi Matthee, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 De-Jay Terblanche, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Vincent Koch.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Drew van Coller/Stephan Kotze, 19 Eduan Van Der Walt, 20, Uzair Cassiem, 21 Dewald Pretorius, 22 Jerome Pretorius.

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Patrick O’Brien, 4 Rynhardt Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Nick Schonert, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 JP Nel, 22 Nico Scheepers.

Date: Friday, October 25
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Expected weather: Pleasant and warm. High of 27°C and a low of 15°C
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Sieg van Staden, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. In some sense most believe these promotion / relegation matches will mean nothing and that SARU will include the two top first division teams in next year Currie Cup to expand it to 8 teams.

    But it will be a very nice game to watch and I have a funny feeling with the Pumas at home

  2. Just saw the highlights of last week games with Willie Le Roux cutting through the Pumas defence and with his skill turning the game for Griquas.

    Wonder what he will have in store tonight?

  3. The two sides both shows that they are willing to ran from everywhere. Willie Le Roux try an kick over the defence and loose the ball with a penalty against Griquas.

    Pumas kick over from half way.

    Score: Pumas 10, Griquas 6, 18 min gone

  4. Bad luck for Pumas, with dangerous tackle and get a yellow card for that. Must say I am all for it to make the game safe for players and this needs to be stamp out

    Score: Pumas 13, Griquas 9, 24 min

  5. Pumas looks the better team with ball in hand and taking their attacks better options than the Griquas at this stage.

    Griquas seems like they rush their play a bit and Willie Le Roux trying too much with ball.

    I would suggest they get back and make sure they slow a bit down and make sure they keep ball in hand and protect the rucks.

    Griquas as last week just need to finish and do have the ability to score if they can keep ball through phases.

    Game is still their for any team to take.

  6. Pumas surely through Specman gets the try after a turnover when Willie Le Roux tried something out of nothing and lost the ball in contact.

    Score: Pumas 33, Griquas 15, 4 min left

    I think it is all over for the Griquas

  7. What a game. The Pumas seemed to been the team playing more with passion tonight made less mistakes and took their opportunities.

    Griquas seemed tired and one game too many in a season were they had to cope with so much injuries.

    On a personal not, I am so happy for coach Jimmy Stonehouse just because I had the privilege too play under him at school level.

    Not many now what dedicated man Jimmy is to the game of rugby. Pumas will be a great addition to the Currie Cup Premiere league next year.

    Griquas will hope that SARU counsel can turn around the decision not to expand the Currie Cup to eight teams next year.

    Now even more I believe that they should not exclude the idea.

  8. GREAT GREAT stuff.

    Especially loved the ref giving a yellow and awarding pen try for cheating Cape f**k 13 trying to cheat his team into the Premier League.

  9. Bunny –
    Great reporting. Looked like Messerschmitt-Willie gave the last drop for coach Pote Human – but could not transcend the other 14 team mates shoddy play.
    An unfortunate end of career for probably the greatest Griqua of all time.

  10. @Americano: Ja he tried his best but even him can not do everything himself to win a game.

    Sad though to see Griquas go out, but so glad for the Pumas and they deserve it which makes it easy to except them in t he higher league.

    They will be hard nut to crack next year in Nelspruit. Maybe they can get some nice players to join them in next year.

  11. I learned that Nelspruit is in the upper right hand corner of SA due to the Scotland game. It was the inaugural flight of the Messerschmitt that game – surely a statue commemorating the occasion will be raised in a decade or two of Willie doing something awesome.