Pumas shock Bulls

2010-08-27 21:50

Nelspruit - The Pumas secured a historic home win in the first rugby match at the Mbombela Stadium, snatching a 22-21 Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls in Nelspruit on Friday night.

Showing tremendous determination, the hosts had the approximately 20 000-strong crowd on their feet throughout the match with flashes of brilliance on attack and gritty defence.

The Pumas took an early lead when eighth man Doppies le Grange scrambled over on the left wing to put them five points ahead, and eight minutes later flyhalf Elgar Watts broke clear from 60 metres out to dot down as well. And while Watts missed both conversions, the hosts had stolen the early advantage.

Bulls flyhalf Francois Brummer countered with a successful penalty kick in the 20th minute, but while the Bulls threatened to break through, the Pumas held up a solid wall of defence.

In the 27th minute, however, the visitors were rewarded when prop Dean Greyling barged over, and although Brummer missed the conversion, he made up for it with a penalty eight minutes later.

Brummer had two more kicks at the posts in the first half, but both missed wide, and the Bulls held a narrow 11-8 lead at half-time.

The visitors came out firing after the break and eighth man Dewald Potgieter stretched over next to the posts in the 47th minute, with Jacques-Louis Potgieter, replacing Brummer, adding two more points for the conversion.

But as the visitors looked to be taking the game away, Pumas replacement Ashwin Scott flew over on the right wing, and Watts converted, narrowing the gap to 18-17.

Potgieter stretched the gap to four points with a penalty for the Bulls in the 58th minute, but Allistair Kettledas charged clear for the Pumas two minutes later and offloaded to his centre partner, Tian Meyer, who dotted down for their third try of the match, and the hosts regained the lead.

Potgieter had two more chances with the boot in the dying minutes of the game, but missed wide with both attempts and the Pumas held on for a tremendous victory.

"The Bulls held us to the end, but this is the first time we have really played together as a team for 80 minutes this season," said Pumas captain Hannes Franklin.

"And with a crowd like this, we can see ourselves settling down in Nelspruit. We’re really happy."

Picking up only their second Currie Cup win of the season, the Pumas remain second from bottom on the log and still have a mountain to climb if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

A fourth loss for the Bulls sees the defending champions facing a significant challenge themselves to ensure a place in the semifinals.


Pumas: Tries: Doppies le Roux, Elgar Watts, Ashwin Scott.

Conversions: Watts (2). Penalties Watts.

Bulls: Tries: Dean Greyling, Dewald Potgieter. Conversions: Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Penalties: Francois Brummer (2), Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

15. Nicky Kritzinger, 14. Vainon Willis, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Tian Meyer, 11. Allistair Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Doppies le Roux, 7. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 6. Corné Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (captain), 1. Ronnie Uys.

Replacements: 16. Dee Jay Terblanche, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Boela Serfontein, 19. Eduan van der Walt, 20. Ricardo Croy, 21. Ashwin Scott, 22. Jaco Bouwer

Blue Bulls:
15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Hayden Groepes, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Dustin Jinka, 8. Dewald Potgieter, 7. CJ Stander, 6. Derick Kuun (captain), 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Henry Bantjes, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Fudge Mabeta, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Jaco van der Westhuyzen


  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-27 21:56

    Hoera!!!!! What a FANTASTIC result!! WP groete....

  • Blue Jake - 2010-08-27 22:05

    Well done Pumas. It's the end of an era.

  • Chris - 2010-08-27 22:19

    That's strange. No dumb Blue Bull comments yet.

  • Helena - 2010-08-27 23:16

    For us in Nelspruit this was a great happening and boy were we entertained! Right from the slightly hectic pre game traffic where the kids were entertained to a road rage incident blue bull supporter vs. taxi driver to the overwhelming joy of victory to the "home" team. Well done Mbombela Stadium. Congratulations PUMAS!

  • soll_wp - 2010-08-27 23:32

    HA HA HA, AL WAT JY SIEN IS N NAAIMASJIEN? I dont mean to rejoice in your loss bulls, but seriously... the pumas? sure WP also lossed but at least to an formidable side. Its sad to see the bulls falling apart and I hope you guys get your synergy back and annihilate the sharks next weekend at fortress loftus. good luck with that!

  • Omtrent tyd! - 2010-08-28 00:44

    So hierdie een kon die ref nie WEER vir die BB deurtrek nie!Hul "wen" mos altyd die close games op n skelm manier maar anyway......BULLE....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So helfte is in tronk die ander helfte se vrouens is seker by die tyd dik gem@er!

  • mike - 2010-08-28 00:54

    Had more then one chance to win this one, but too close and not clinical enough boys. We paid the price but still a long way to go.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-08-28 05:47

    As a Bulls fan I can only say congratulations to the Pumas. May this win inspire you to be a new force in SA rugby. Well deserved. With that fantastic stadium and your new roads system you now have the world at your feet.

  • croix - 2010-08-28 07:33

    Hoooo boy! That 'Petoorsdorp'-depression is probably settling in by now and the 'Prozac'-sales have soared into orbit? Shame, guys! At least you can go to Loftus and be surprised, or even more depressed ........ ?? We all hope it's the former!

  • Tertius - 2010-08-28 07:47

    Daarsy bulle...julle ondersteuners het mos in 2008 vir die WP gelag toe hulle teen die Valke verloor het. En daar verloor die "wonderlike" bulle teen die Pumas...hahaha... Dankie Pumas, julle het my naweek gemaak. Net jammer die WP het ook verloor, maar nou ja - dis darem teen die cheetahs en nie die PUMAS nie.

  • My Vy! - 2010-08-28 07:48

    eina. joe... dis naar om vandag 'n bul ondersteuner te wees. geluk pumas, julle het die game gebring. bulls... ek sien julle eerlik nie in die semis nie..

  • @Chris - 2010-08-28 08:06

    Why would there be any? We have you to supply the dumb comments.

  • Frikkie - 2010-08-28 08:38

    PATETIES van die bulle - hulle ( bestuur ; afrigters ; EN SPELERS wat baie betaal word ) moet besluit of hulle rugby WIL speel OF aan golf dae en advertensies deelneem en koffie heeldag drink !!! geluk aan die Pumas !

  • WP BOYKIE - 2010-08-28 08:54


  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-08-28 09:03

    well done Pumas, guts will take you a long way, you deserved the victory - maybe this will give the Bulls the wake-up call they need. @balsak - see your team did not go much better at home. bit of slide you got going there in the WP?

  • Harald - 2010-08-28 09:29

    @ Balsak - Hoera for the Cheetahs!!! What a FANTASTIC result!! BB groete....

  • Frik - 2010-08-28 09:34

    This result confirms my expectations, after 2011 World Cup the Bulls are going to miss Bakkies, Fourie du Preez, Matfield, however, I still think when Morne is back playing along side Hougaardt and with guys like van den Heever, Dewald Potgieter and Flip v/d Merwe the Bulls won't be out of it completely and will bounce back

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-28 09:35

    Dit was onverwags. Nie dat ek spyt is nie. Neem darem die verloor van die WP teen die Vrystaat se pyn so effens weg. Wat my bekommer is dat die Springbokke wat terugkeer, swakker is as wat hulle was toe hulle weggegaan het. Francois Louw het 'n kak wedstryd gehad. Punt. Geo het nie sy gewone inpak gemaak nie. Zane en Wynand was net so useless. My afleiding is dat deV goeie spelers (soos die vier hierbo genoem) vanaf die unies kry en hul spel totaal en al opvok. Is my afleiding verkeerd?

  • Shame!! - 2010-08-28 09:52

    @Wagga & Blue Jake - shame bulle is so kak dat hulle die arme ou Pumas nie eers kan wen nie - flou trille !!

  • ARMAND KRUGER - 2010-08-28 10:11

    well,well,well who would have thought very happy with that result a very good win even with some shocking rev.decisions against the pumas brilliant boys

  • Claudeus - 2010-08-28 10:43

    Sharks 2010 CC Champs, At this rate the Bulls wont make it to the top 4. The reserve power is no more than a bunch of 2nd rated players in Pretoria.

  • Sharks all the way...! - 2010-08-28 12:01

    Sharks are the best...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-08-28 13:03

    ha-ha-ha, I see the skark supporters here are already doing the WP thing - counting chickens before they are hatched. Just a reminder, you fishies still have to play your all time nemesis the Cheetahs, and even as crap as the Bulls have been in the first half of the CC, they are known to just as much upset your little apple cart just when you thought you were home free!

  • Obvious - 2010-08-28 13:54

    Well, good luck vs the Sharks next weekend...

  • GW - 2010-08-28 14:27

    Shame bulls get klapped again. it seems like all the bulls players were out steeking the oussies on friday morning with Bees.

  • The Shark - 2010-08-28 16:07

    @Bull-Terrier - We have already played the Cheetahs, in Bloem, and we Won. Remind me again what the score was when the Cheetahs played you guys there at loftus? I'm looking forwards to the game next weekend. on current form the Sharks should wipe the floor with the bulletjies, and put an even bigger dent into their chances of making it all the way to playoffs.

  • bluebullcapetown - 2010-08-28 20:46

    swak Bulle. Net juandre kruger en Dean Greyling was goed. Wynand Olivier was erg teleurstellend en die Bulle se skoppers was vrot

  • mike - 2010-08-28 20:50

    And once again the WeePee supporters show that they are the true idiots of SA rugby. I love it, keep it up till the cup is back in Pretoria :-)

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-29 09:19

    Wow, well done pumas. But seriously. whoa guys. If you watched the game, you would know that the pumas are looking very dangerous and seem to be coming into their own in the currie cup. Also, im sure it must have been tough for the bulls player to play with this bees roux saga hanging over. Well done pumas. You are looking good

  • @Herald - 2010-08-29 13:50

    Hey Hatfield parra ek verloor darem baie eerder teen die Vrystaat as teen die pyle vd PUMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

  • kykweer - 2010-08-29 17:52

    Got to question the lack of journalism when the eight man was apparently lions center doppies la grange... like seriously can anyone be a journalist these days?

  • Gotta Love It!!!! - 2010-08-29 18:48

    Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johan Gerber - 2010-08-29 20:35

    bluebullcapetown: Ek , as n WP supporter is maar stil , maar was Wynand Olivier ooit enig iets anders as swak

  • StuartW - 2010-08-30 07:15

    Ek moet se, ek voel glad nie so sleg dat my span teen die Cheetahs verloor het nie..... Die Pumas het goed gespeel. Wat hierdie game weereens bewys het is dat Wynand en Zane nie in die Springbok groep hoort nie....en dat Derick nie 'n kaptein se agterstewe werd is nie..

  • Joe - 2010-08-30 10:38

    Ja wat,toe verloor julle vuilgat bulle teen daai reus van S.A rugby,die Pumas! Wel gedaan Pumas.En jul vuilgat stut sit ook in die tronk!Ou Bees die manne gan van jou n koei maak daarbinne.En nou kan julle vuilgatte weer se dat julle sonder jul bokke gespeel het! Ha Ha.

  • Stormers - 2010-08-30 10:59

    Rather a snoek mouth than a blou drol.

  • Funny - 2010-08-30 11:09

    n blou bul ondersteuner sal altyd se "Jy/julle is net jaloers".WTF? die kanse is goed dat n girl wat die bulle support die volgende sal se. "Ek doen dit nie sommer met enige ou nie".(voor jy haar tref) "Ek hoop nie jy het al jou respek vir my verloor nie".(na jy haar getref het) "Is jy lief vir my?".(na sy die voorgenoemde vir jou gese het) Die dialoog gebeur nie in n vakuum nie maar daar sal background musiek wees soos jurie els,steve hofmeyer,amor,nicholis louw,sokkiejolbloubloedtreffers et al. Kanse is goed sy gaan jou vra of jy ook dink pierre spies se nuwe ad is beter as gesnyde brood,die realiteit is dat n warm bier en n koue pie beter as daai ad is. Hoe weet ek die dinge? "Any port in a storm". Ek sal so ver gaan om te se dat as ek eendag doodgaan en hulle begrawe my in bloubul land dan vat ek my bene en ek loop.

  • @Shock - 2010-08-30 14:32

    Mate you are OUT OF LINE... regardsless who you support...grow up. And I am not a Bulls supporter at all, but stick to rugby fruit cake.

  • Lyn & Rob - 2010-08-30 17:13

    What a brilliant time we had on Friday night - right from the 'Park n Ride' bus trip from the Mall to the Stadium (a huge wow in itself !! - well done Mbombela) when the very good hearted bantering started between the BB supporters (in the majority) and the handful of Puma supporters ( think we were about 10 on our bus) right through to the end of the game and the bus ride back to the Mall. It was the first rugby game to be held at the stadium so the atmosphere was very festive - AND THEN... to top all the fun and laughter... our determined Pumas - who played with heart that we havent seen by any of our CC teams in a long long time - beat the BB 22-21. How awesome was that!! - very well done Pumas and we really hope that the Stadium becomes your new home so we can watch you more often. Thanks to the BB supporters around us for taking our cheeky fun teasing - our 30cm flag wasnt a patch on your supporter gear and banners but it seemed to grow as the game progressed :) Look forward to further encounters. Take care of each other and politics and insults out of sport.

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