Pumas overpower Kings

2012-05-05 08:15

Nelspruit - The Pumas were too strong at home for the EP Kings team as they won their Vodacom Cup quarterfinal 30-19 (half-time 17-9) at Mbombela Stadium.

The Pumas were full value for their win, with the Kings behind throughout the match and simply outmuscled and out-skilled by the home side, raising the spectre of serious problems in SuperRugby next year.

The Pumas team were physical, gutsy in defence and took their chances, their reward being just their second appearance in the Vodacom Cup semi-finals.

The Mpumalanga side made a great start as they pressured the EP Kings from the kickoff, leading to a poor clearance. They then rumbled a rolling maul to within sight of the tryline, earning a penalty, which they tapped, prop Ashley Buys then crashing over for the opening try from close range.

Fullback JC Roos, whose powerful boot played an important role in the victory, converted.

EP Kings flyhalf Justin van Staden kicked a good penalty in the seventh minute (3-7), but the Pumas played their way back into opposition territory. They showed their liking for phase play with four rucks set up going left and then another three going right, before wing Deon Scholtz went dashing down the touchline before passing inside for hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld to charge over the line.

Eight minutes later, flank Jaco Bouwer, one of the Pumas' champions, went streaking through a gap in the Kings' defences to score their third try and, with a 17-3 lead, the home side were well on their way to keeping their title hopes alive.

The Pumas defence was at times a little over-enthusiastic and Van Staden was able to kick penalties in the 23rd and 38th minutes to reduce the gap to 17-9 and keep the Kings in the game.

The Kings ended the half and began the second playing against 14 men after Pumas flank Renaldo Bothma high-tackled fullback SP Marais and was yellow-carded.

The one-man advantage gave the visitors the opportunity to score their only try, six minutes into the second half, when strong runs by eighthman Jacques Engelbrecht and lock Johan Snyman, and slick work by replacement scrumhalf Boela Abrahams, who gave the Kings some spark, provided Marais with the space to dot down.

Van Staden's conversion made the score 16-20 and the Pumas had been given a little scare. They immediately upped their game and the pressure told on the Kings.

The ball was knocked-on inside the EP 22 by Marais after a risky pass from centre Scott van Breda and, from the scrum in the shadow of the posts, prop Corne Fourie, with the support of Bothma on his back, burst straight through the defences to score the match-winning try.

Roos added the Pumas' remaining points with the conversion and a 70th-minute penalty, while Van Staden could only kick one of the three penalty attempts he was given in the second half.


Ford Pumas - Tries: Ashley Buys, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Jaco Bouwer, Corne Fourie. Conversions: JC Roos (2). Penalties: Roos (2).

EP Kings - Try: SP Marais. Conversion: Justin van Staden. Penalties: Justin van Staden (4).


  • Sven - 2012-05-05 08:31

    Super 15 Franchise 2013.....Really?AM looking forward to see how the Sarfu Public Relations spin Doctors are going to sell this one.....Should be educational.

  • joseph.vanvuuren - 2012-05-05 08:32

    Miskien moet die Pumas super 15 toe.

  • Shane - 2012-05-05 08:45

    This is what is expected of such a team, they do not belong in any other division that the current 1 they are playing. You should be able to beat the team you are replacing, which is impossible for this pathetic team.

  • Nico - 2012-05-05 08:52

    hahahahahahahahaha, where are the queen supporters now? the ones that is so quick to say they must play s15 next year?? they can't even win in vodacom OR b-division currie cup, hahahhahahahahahahahaha well done pumas! putting things in perspective :)

  • Andrew - 2012-05-05 09:18

    And our AA SARU wants to force them into the Super 15. What an embarassment they will be, Here come scores of 100+ against them and SARU will have egg on its face as NOBODY will attend the games and little advertising sponsorship. This is what happens when politics drive sport.

  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-05-05 09:21

    Note:The Kings have fielded a mainly u/23 side throughout the Vodacom Cup to give the players exposure for the Currie Cup which is a higher priority The side playing in the Currie Cup will have 5-8 changes Then the side playing in Super Rugby will prob change again by between 5-10 players

      Saffa - 2012-05-05 09:32

      The 1st team to shed 50+ points every S15 game next year

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-05 09:35

      I didn't even know the Kings are playing Currie Cup this year, did I miss something? No I didn't the King will once again be playing in the ABSA Shield or Currie Cup 1st division. Big difference from the real Curry Cup. Never the less I don't believe we will see them in Super Rugby next year anyway.

      Nico - 2012-05-05 09:40

      Note: The Lions are playing with a mainly vodacom side (9+ injuries), so that is not an excuse Have you signed the +- 20 players yet?? You may find that it is not that difficult, even when the Lions had a billionaire helping them they were not able to get any obvious world class players ps. dream on, next year is gonna be fun to see u're excuses after every weekend :)

      Michael - 2012-05-05 10:34

      Lies... Why lie to make your government team seem better than they are on a blog of all things?? Pathetic.. They didn't leave anyone out by choice. But I'll give you a chance to redeem yourself.. Name those 5-8 players that were left out "by choice"... Let me make it easier for you.. Name one!! So they're paying their " best" players to sit at home?? Not very clever..

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-05-05 10:40

      Let's wait and see Do you really think the Kings will be fielding a side that gets smashed every wend?? Give them a few years and they will be making the Lions look like toothless kittens

      Nico - 2012-05-05 11:23

      well done Patrick, you get the prize for the worst excuse thus far :) Super Queens will only take one season to break ALL of the bad records the Lions have, and then another season to improve on all those records :)

      John - 2012-05-05 12:40

      You didn't answer the question. He asked you to name the players. Can't do it? Well, that makes your comment void.

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-05 12:47

      I have a name. Luke (The Puke) Watson and has beens De Wet Barry, Jaco Engels Darron Nel and Noal Ulshig. Wow that would make any side shiver with fear.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-05-06 06:38

      Engels,Pieterse, Watson, Bekker, Grey, Dumont, Strydom,Nell, Perez, Van Heerden, Slechter and Oelshig to name a few Sorry Nico I have better things to do than sit on here all day, drink brandy and make myself heard Remember Border and SWD also have a few stars in the making We also haven't even started recruiting as all players are currently in contract The Southern Kings will be playing Super Rugby next season and that is a fact. Finally the EC will be able to keep its local talent

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-05-05 10:08

    DIE S15 KINGS? kan nie wees nie! SARFU wat nou????? Jy kan die Donkie neem tot by die water maar as hy nie wil drink nie, vrek hy!

  • Zion - 2012-05-05 10:54

    Brilliant EP Kings just bloody brilliant. You were shouting on the top of your voice to be included as a team of some value to the Super Rugby contest but drop out with a shameful score against a rather middle of the road team. Predictions are you will never rise above the mediocrity you deserve.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-05-06 07:42

      Do u really think this will be even a 1/4 of the team that will run out in the Super 15?

  • Dave - 2012-05-05 11:16

    The NZ conference of the S15 is going to be the only one with any credability. The Lions and Cheetahs have been pathetic forever and now one of them will be replaced by the EP Kings. Free points on offer for the other SA teams. What is going on with SA rugby? It is a mere shadow of when they use to be one of the best nations at world rugby.

      Benn - 2012-05-05 13:36

      Cheetahs pathetic? Where have you been in the last 10 yrs? The least successful team over this period has been the Stormers. The last trophy they won, was in 2001.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-05 11:22

    Cheeky Watson mos said its not his problem which other super rugby team must be withdrawn- guess its also not his problem that Southern Queens lose to other local sides... I actually am starting to hope that this queens go to super rugby just as they are- imagine how funny its gonna be and how many comments we will be able to make and read throughout the season- rugby comedy at its best I tell you. We might get a situation where new superrugby records will be made every single week- new highest score, new most tries, new biggest diff in scores etc etc- entertainment at its best

  • Peter - 2012-05-05 11:29

    The only country in the world where the bottom of log A does not play the top of log B for next years place in A. Have a look at the Logs here. SARFU has become the laughingstock of the rugby world.

      Thomas - 2012-05-06 03:12

      Peter, you missed something!! The Kings aren't even the top of "B" Hell they not even the top of "C" "A"S15 "B" Currie Cup and "C" Vodacom Cup!! I dond think their name appears on any of those cups!!!! At least Border has their name on the Currie Cup TWICE and the "B" section cup whatever it was called then!!!!!

  • riaan.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-05-05 11:39

    And there the Kings was booted out of the vodacom cup by the Pumas. Only managing to score a sollitary try and that only because the Pumas were playing with only 14men. That means there is roundabout 7 teams in the competition that is better than the Kings...add the Stormers, Bulls, Cheatahs, Sharks and Lions, as well as Tuks and Grey Bloem and there is roughly 14 Teams in the country better than the Kings. And yet they are set for Super Rugby. Just as good Namibia playing Tri-Nations or P Divvie mounting a Briggs-Straton motor from his petrol lawn mower on a Game trolley and wants to go race F1 GP all because he was told he could.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-05 11:48

      the only diifs is P Divvy might actually have a chance if all the other F1 cars manage to crash!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-05 12:15

    Nou wat nou cheekey....?? die enigste manier wat pappa vir opgooi watson kan help om meer geld te verdien is as hy S15 niemand will sy bloedtjie he nie....ek wonner of die kings spelers n keuse het as die by hulle kaptein kom...

  • Melvin - 2012-05-05 14:44

    the kings cant use lack of money as an excuse for losing to the pumas, because the pumas also have a limited budget to recruit players and yet they still qualify for the currie cup and punch above their weight in the competition. the kings also shouldnt use excuses like 'other unions keep stealing our top players' because that is a reality in professional sport!

      Champ - 2012-05-06 10:03

      Excellent comment Melvin.

  • Matt - 2012-05-07 08:18

    Pumas have beaten the Bulls Currie Cup team in 2010, same season Bulls won Super 15. And that is after the Bulls have had how many years in Super Rugby? Is it really such a big deal then if they have beaten the Kings in a Vodacom Cup match, before the Kings have even played a single Super Rugby match?

      Carlos - 2012-05-07 10:14

      The Bulls had an off day and lost by a point or two. If any other teams should be considered for Super Rugby, Boland, Griekwas and the Pumas deserve it more than EP!!!

      Matt - 2012-05-07 10:28

      Boland, Griekwas and Pumas already benefit from Super Rugby. EP, Border and SWD are the only unions that dont. (Refer to the Lions owning Pumas and Leopard a good few million each for outstanding Super Rugby monies...) And honestly now... havent you heard yet that Southern Kings are EP, Border and SWD, not only EP Kings? SARU made it clear from the start that all 3 these unions have equal shares in the franchise. EP being the "home" partner is doing most of the work at the moment, but there is cooperation between the 3 unions. Why are you basing your comments on a Vodacom Cup team's performance if you know it wont be the same team playing SR?

      Matt - 2012-05-07 10:43

      and by the way, that off day is a nice excuse, but also consider the Lions performances vs the Pumas in CC for 2010 and 2011... Lions score 1st: 20-34, 31-27, 27-34, 30-33 I'm not saying the Kings team that played on Friday is good enough for Super Rugby, but look at it in perspective please. EP werent playing their best team during the Vodacom Cup as they needed to see what they have in youngsters like Van Staaden, Gates, Van Breda, Bernardo, Goss, etc...

      Matt - 2012-05-07 12:07

      oops, that was Pumas first...

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