CC:Pumas 33, Griquas 15

October 25, 2013
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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.

Teams:

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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59 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    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. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    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. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Here we go, hope to see some nice exiting running rugby

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Griquas up with the first penalty for points as they move in the Pumas half from kick off.

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Prinsloo setup the first points for Griquas

    Score: Pumas 0, Griquas 3, 3 min gone

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Pumas answer back with Connie van Wyk over the try line after Willie Le Roux try to get through a half gap and lost possession

    Score: Pumas 7, Griquas 3, 5 min gone

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Pumas looking to run the ball with speed.

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Prinsloo miss kick to poles against the upright

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Griquas will run at Pumas hole day from set pieces.

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Rudi Matthee getting a boot in the face after a tackle leave the field, hopefully nothing serious

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Griquas getting tighthead in scrum 10 meters out and turn it into a penalty for Griquas to close the gap to just one point.

    Score: Pumas 7, Griquas 5, 13 min gone

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Griquas murdering the Pumas in scrum. Griquas have a good platform from scrum to attack from

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    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

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Pumas turning ball over at will when Griquas starts attacking. Griquas needs to slow down the tempo I Think

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Griquas again given away a penalty due to trying running the ball out of their own half and turn over penalty for Pumas.

    Score: Pumas 13, Griquas 6, 22 min gone

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    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

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Griquas lucky to get away from a aimless kick from Willie Le Roux. But you make your own luck and Willie do great such luck for any team he play more often than not

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    A dominating scrum from Griquas is deadly against 7 men and Griquas get penalty to setup a attacking lineout

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    After 9 phases on Pumas try line with only 14 men Griquas are force out into touch

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Rocco Jansen goes over for Griquas but ref goes to TMO

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    TMO see knock on from Griquas so no try and scrum Pumas

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Griquas scrummy goes for ding dong test

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Penalty to Griquas from scrum, Griquas going for points.

    Score: Pumas 13, Griquas 12, 34 min gone

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Pumas back to 15 men again

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    13 phases of brilliant ball in hand running rugby from the Pumas and Roos kick drop gaol over

    Score: Pumas 16, Griquas 12, 37 min gone

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Pumas give pressure in scrum and turn over ball, with a kick down field they get out of jail

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Half time in Nelspruit.

    Score: Pumas 16, Griquas 12

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    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.

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Both teams just feeling each other out in first ten minutes and defence from both sides hold

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Willie Le Roux almost get his magic working

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Deliberate knock down from Stemmet for Griquas. He earns himself a yellow card and Pumas get penalty try

    Score: Pumas 23, Griquas 12, 51 min gone

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Big trouble for Griquas and they need to hold off a Pumas side who will play with passion now

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Penalty Pumas from scrum and a brilliant scrum from them after they was demolish in the first half by Griquas.

    Roos miss penalty kick

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Griquas need to score quickly now to stay in game

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Griquas playing desperate rugby and it is costing them as they make too much mistakes

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Pumas defend like demons and win over ball thru their defence.

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Griquas their own worse enemy at this stage

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Griquas ringing the changes now from the bench

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Griquas with attacking line out 5 meters out but mess it up again with knock on. Griquas still rushing play in my mind

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Penalty for Pumas in scrum, what a turn around in the scrums for the Pumas

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Pumas need to win with 3 points or more

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Prinsloo kicks over penalty and bring the score to within eight points.

    Score: Pumas 23, Griquas 15, 66 min gone

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Not Willie’s night at this stage, making a lot of mistakes in high balls and decision making on attack, maybe we just expect too much from the man

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Another penalty for Pumas from scrum. They are now demolishing the Griquas scrum as Griquas did against them in the first half.

    Score Pumas 26, Griquas 15, 70 min gone

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Pumas playing with confidence and keeping ball away from Griquas

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Griquas just making too many mistakes, they look very tired and out on their feet.

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Griquas have 6 min left to rescue this game but Pumas playing for their life’s

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    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

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Willie tries to create the spark but all to nothing.

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Penalty Pumas it will be all over now, Pumas will be in Currie Cup Premiere League

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Roos miss the Kick but the men from Nelspruit have done the Cinderella story and win the game

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Final Score: Pumas 33, Griquas 15, what a game

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    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.

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Jimmy Stonehouse overwhelmed with emotion, so great to see

  55. avatar DavidS says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  56. avatar Americano says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    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.

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    @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.

  58. avatar Americano says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    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.

  59. avatar namboer says:
    October 26th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    @DavidS: Do elaborate, onkel D?? Het uit die aard van die saak nie gekyk nie.

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