Kimberley - Griquas have beaten the Pumas 21-19 in their Currie Cup promotion-relegation match in Kimberley on Friday thanks to a last-minute converted try after they were left trailing 13-0 at half-time.
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The hosts can breathe a sigh of relief, as they
struggled throughout whole game to assert their dominance.
travel to Nelspruit with four log points in the bag and a very real
chance of retaining their Currie Cup status for 2014.
The Pumas started the better of the two sides and put
the hosts under pressure early on.
That allowed visiting flyhalf Carl
Bezuidenhout to settle things down with a penalty in the 3rd minute.
Griquas kept on infringing in the opening minutes and Bezuidenhout got
another chance at goal to stretch the Pumas lead to six points in the
first ten minutes.
Griquas regrouped and started to play good running rugby, but the Pumas defence held fast.
The Pumas scored again in the 22nd minute when centre
Wilmaure Louw pounced on a loose ball resulting from a good Pumas scrum.
Bezuidenhout converted to give the visitors a 13 point lead.
Griquas were their own worst enemy in the first half,
squandering chances by either conceding penalties on their own attacking
mauls or by making unforced errors.
They did most of the playing in the
first stanza, but had nothing to show for it half time with the score
13-0 in the visitors favour.
The Pumas started at a steady pace in the second half, but again it was Griquas that played better rugby.
They finally got on the score board in the 56th minute
after replacement loose forward Carel Greeff scored in the corner.
Fullback Gouws Prinsloo converted to bring his side within seven points
with 24 minutes remaining.
Centre Jean Stemmet also dotted down to give
the hosts the lead by a single point.
Griquas attacked with renewed prowess, but they kept on
infringing and Bezuidenhout answered in kind to again stretch the lead
to five points with six minutes remaining.
But it was Marnus Schoeman
who had the last say for Griquas, scoring from a driving maul on the
final whistle with Prinsloo converting for the victory.
Griquas - 21 (0): Tries: Carel Greeff, Jean Stemmet, Marnus Schoeman; Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (3)
Pumas - 19 (13): Try: Wilmaure Louw; Conversion: Carl Bezuidenhout; Penalties: Carl Bezuidenhout (4)