Currie Cup

Pumas claim Griquas scalp

2017-08-20 18:30
Currie Cup (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Pumas claimed their second Currie Cup win of the season with a 27-21 victory over Griquas in Kimberley on Sunday afternoon.

The home side fought back valiantly in the second half to earn a losing bonus point in the final play of the game, but the away side did enough to secure victory.

The Pumas scored the first try in the 11th minute through outside center Jerome Pretorius, who received a pop pass from eighth man Francois Kleinhans after his break.

Flyhalf Justin van Staden added the extras to make it 7-0. But the home side fired back five minutes later. Left wing Adriaan Coertzen stepped off his left foot to score a try that Andre Swarts converted.

Herculian Pumas flank Chris Cloete scored the next converted try from the base of a ruck five metres from the whitewash after stealing the ball from his own scrumhalf's hands. Swarts then slotted a penalty for the home side before Pumas prop Khwezi Mona scored a five-pointer after ten patient phases. Van Staden converted again.

Soon after, Van Staden slotted a penalty to keep up his 100 percent kicking record in the game and make the scoreline read 24-10 to the Pumas at half time.

However, the Griquas began their fightback in the second 40. A cheeky break after not being held in a tackle from pacey fullback Eric Zana saw him offload to reserve scrumhalf Renier Botha who went in to score an unconverted try.

George Whitehead then landed a penalty to cut the deficit to only six points for the home side. But then the Pumas were awarded a penalty for a Griquas infringement at a ruck which van Staden converted to create a 9 point gap.

Whitehead slotted the final penalty of the game after the full-time hooter had sounded to give the Griquas a losing bonus point as the Pumas claimed a 27-21 victory.

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