The Currie Cup is heating up with only a few games left before the playoffs. The Pumas who could not register a win in their first three matches surprise the Sharks in Nelspruit to come from behind and take their first win of the season.
The Golden Lions stayed unbeaten with also another come-from-behind win in Bloemfontein, with the Blue Bulls in serious trouble after going down in Pretoria against Griquas.
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|Friday 2 August|
|Free State||Result||Golden Lions|
Free State tasted their first defeat of the season when they went down against the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein on Friday.
It was another comeback effort from the Lions to take the win and stay unbeaten so far this season. The Golden Lions have made a habit so far coming back each time in the second half to get the wins.
Free State were all over the Lions in that first half but a last minute try just before the hooter brought the visitor right back in the game. The second half saw them claw there way back with Free State struggling to get the continuity they got in that first 40 minutes.
This left the Golden Lions with three wins from three matches so far.
Free State Cheetahs: Tries: Joseph Dweba, Walt Steenkamp, Marnus van der Merwe Conversions: Tian Schoeman, Benhard Janse van Rensburg Penalty: Louis Fouche
Golden Lions: Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Tyrone Green, Wandisile Simelane Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (3) Penalty: Reynolds
|Saturday 3 August|
The Sharks were shocking in the second half on Saturday when the Pumas came from behind to beat them 27-20.
This was a game of two halfs with the one team dominating and the other struggling. The Pumas showed us some guts to upset the men from Durban after trailing 19-9 at the break.
Although the Sharks scored more tries the boot of Chris Smith punish the Sharks for giving away just too many penalties in that second half.
The discipline from the Sharks was just not good enough getting two sin bins during the match.
The Sharks have now put themselves in danger of not making the playoffs and this weekend they have the Free State to content with which will be no easy task
Phakisa Pumas 27 (9) – Tries: Francois Kleinhans, Simon Westraadt. Conversion: Chris Smith. Penalty goals: Smith (5).
Cell C Sharks 20 (17) – Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Kobus van Wyk, Curwin Bosch. Conversion: Bosch. Penalty goal: Bosch.
|Saturday 3 August|
The Blue Bulls are in serious trouble in not making the playoffs after this loss.
Griquas who came off a hammer in Bloemfontein the previous week looked like a championship side against the Blue Bulls. With the win they also return to the top of the log after four weeks.
Griquas scored four tries through scrumhalf Zak Burger (2), wing Eduan Keyter and lock Victor Sekekete. Flyhalf George Whitehead was perfect from the kicking tee with all four conversions as well as three penalties for a personal haul of 17 points.
Blue Bulls: Tries – Rosko Speckman, Marco van Staden Conversions – Manie Libbok Penalties – Manie Libbok
Griquas: Tries – Zak Burger(2), Eduan Keyter, Victor Sekekete Conversions – George Whitehead(4) Penalties – George Whitehead(3)
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