Pumas get bonus point win over Griquas


The Pumas kept their winning way in Nelspruit on Friday night as they beat the GWK Griquas with 33-15 in round three of the ABSA Currie Cup.


The Griquas team started the game in control although they were behind after 2 min die to two penalties that gave the Pumas the first kick at poles.

The Pumas got their first penalty over when Van Staden kick one over from the halfway line. From here it was all Griquas as they launch attack on attack.

Grquas had a change for the first try after 15 min but Schoeman knocked the ball on as he tried to go over the try line.

Pumas had the best of the early exchanges when it came to scrum time but it was the Griquas who dominated play and attack for the first half an hour and was rewarded with the first try of the match.

From an attacking lineout Griquas was able to hold on to the ball and Schoeman was the man that came up with the ball to score the first try of the game and for Griquas.

The Pumas hit back immediately with another penalty from Van Staden to take the score again to 6-5 for the Pumas.

Pumas was the again on the board after a turn over which went through some brilliant passes to send Pretorius over in the corner to extend their lead to 11-5. Griquas kept the pressure on the host and went through a few phases to get Dean Grant over for his first try for Griquas in his first Currie Cup game.

This took Griquas back into the lead which they kept until half time.

The Pumas came out firing in the second half and was rewarded early with a try with a strong run from Pretorius down the touchline to score his second try of the match and took the Pumas back into the lead 16-12.

The Griquas came back almost immediately with a penalty to get within one point again. With the score at 16-15 for the Pumas it became a huge fight between the big men.

Like the Griquas dominated the first half the Pumas turned the tables and made most of the ball and put the Griquas team under a lot of pressure and most importantly score the points when they got into the right places.

The Pumas was rewarded with yet another try after a strong run from Bothma as he scored for the Pumas and with Van Staden getting the conversion over the Pumas lead was extended to 23-15 after 61 min.

Roos extended the Pumas lead to 26-15 after the Griquas once again could not convert their good position into points.

With time running out the Griquas tried everything to get back into the Pumas half and a change to score a try and give them still a change in the game but it was a team effort from the Pumas that gave them the last say.

From a lineout twenty meters out the Pumas forwards started a drive which saw the whole backline joining them at the end to seal the game with a bonus point try from their captain Corne Steenkamp.

This took the final score to 33-15 for the Pumas,

The Griquas will kick themselves for not converting all the possession and field position they had in the first half into points. To the credit of the Pumas they scored almost every time they got in range of the Griquas twenty two.


Tries: Pretorius 2, Bothma, Steenkamp
Cons: Van Staden, Roos
Pens: Van Staden 2
Tries: Schoeman, Grant
Con: Grant
Pen: Grant
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