NO TRY! Griquas continue to push and after a few penalties they go over to score, but it appears as if Koen lost the ball forward in the process of scoring. The TMO says no try!
FULL-TIME: PUMAS 42-19 GRIQUAS. The Pumas secure the first win of the 2018 Currie Cup. Their forwards laid the foundation for this victory. Where they faltered in the first half they corrected this in the second half and deserve to be the victors. Thank you for joining us.
Griquas win another penalty after the line-out and again they tap it quickly. They string together six phases, before it is turned over five metres from the Pumas line. Great work Pumas.
Griquas secure an offside penalty in their half and take a quick tap. They then gain an extra 10 metres, before finding touch in the Pumas 22.
CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 42-19: This time Whitehead slots a good kick.
TRY, GRIQUAS, PRETORIUS! 42-17: After a kick-through into the Pumas half Conway Pretorius speeds ahead to win the race to the line and scores!
The conversion is missed.
TRY, GRIQUAS, MEYER! 42-12: Griquas secure the line-out and then secure a penalty at the breakdown. They take it quickly and Christiaan Meyer uses his power to force himself over for a try!
Griquas secure an offside penalty just inside the Pumas half. They opt for the corner.
We now have a period of scrappy play with handling errors from both sides.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 42-7: Christopher Smith adds the extras.
TRY, PUMAS, SCHOEMAN! 40-7: Yet another strong Pumas scrum ends up with an easy try being scored by Marnus Schoeman. It's all Pumas at the moment.
YELLOW CARD, GRIQUAS, HENDRICKS! 35-7: Liam Hendricks is sin-binned for a repeated scrum offence.
Christopher Smith misses his first kick of the game.
TRY, PUMAS, MARITZ! 35-7: Stefan Ungerer tries a high kick and what a take in the air by Neil Maritz. He grabs it and has just too much pace for the Griquas defence! What a try and good thinking by Ungerer.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 30-7: Christopher Smith adds the extras to convert his own try.
TRY, PUMAS, SMITH! 28-7: Disaster for Whitehead as Chistopher Smith charges down his kick and scores!
After a period of rather scrappy play Griquas feed a scrum deep inside their own half.
Griquas secure the line-out, but then mess things up and Conway Pretorius takes out a player without the ball. That was rather silly!
Griquas secure a penalty for hands in the ruck near the halfway line. Whitehead finds a good touch. Can they build from this?
Griquas string together six phases while building up some steam. What a waste, as they give away a penalty for not releasing the ball. Steyn was at fault there and Smith finds a good touch.
PENALTY, PUMAS, SMITH! 23-7: Christopher Smith keeps his composure in this wind and slots another.
This time the Pumas have a massive scrum and they secure the penalty. They will have a shot at goal.
That is just the start the home team needed after wasting some first half opportunities.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 20-7: Christopher Smith adds the extras.
TRY, PUMAS, UNGERER! 18-7: The Pumas start exactly the way they started the first half. They string seven phases together before Stefan Ungerer dives against the posts to score and the TMO rules that he did ground the ball on the padding.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
Again we have resets at the scrum and again Griquas secure the penalty. They have a shot at goal from five metres inside their own half. What a strike by George Whitehead but it is just oh so short.
HALF-TIME: PUMAS 13-7 GRIQUAS. The visitors will be the happier at the break after the Pumas dominated possession for most of the half. It has been a stop-start half at times. Please join us for the second half soon.
We have a short period of aimless kicking and it ends with a Griquas scrum inside their own half.
We have more resets at the scrum, before Griquas secure a penalty. The momentum is now with the visitors. They are now finding the holes in the Pumas defence.
CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 13-7: George Whitehead adds the extras.
TRY, GRIQUAS, COERTZEN! 13-5: Griquas finally have an opportunity to put an attack together. Great work by Griquas and that looked so easy after a patient build-up. In the end AJ Coertzen scores after six phases.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 13-0: Christopher Smith adds the extras.
TRY, PUMAS, SKORBINSKI! 11-0: This time the line-out is straight. The Pumas string seven phases together and then secure a penalty. They take it quickly and make their way to within five metres of the line, before Hennie Skorbinski forces his way over to score! Great work!
Griquas concede yet another penalty and this time Steyn is offside at the breakdown. Smith finds touch near the Griquas 10 metre line.
We have another line-out where the throw is skew. That is the fourth one now.
Griquas concede another penalty at the breakdown and this time the Pumas go for goal.
PENALTY, PUMAS, SMITH! 3-0: Christopher Smith seals another good kick in this wind.
Relief for Griquas after the line-out is messed up by the Pumas.
The Pumas win an offside penalty at the breakdown and feed a line-out inside the Griquas 22. They then win another penalty after the maul is collapsed. They go for the line-out again.
We have handling errors aplenty from both teams and that is affecting the flow of the game. The Pumas are currently enjoying 69% of the possession.
The Pumas secure the line-out and then find touch inside the Griquas half. We now have a strong wind blowing here affecting the line-out throws.
AJ Coertzen decides to kick deep from his own 22 after some turn-over ball and it rolls out inside the Pumas 22. Great work!
Griquas launch their first attack after a line-out, but a forward pass let them down after a great Pumas tackle.
PENALTY, PUMAS, SMITH! 3-0: Christopher Smith slots a good kick and we have the first points in the 2018 Currie Cup.
The Pumas secure the line-out and drive forward. Gerrit Smith then sees a gap, but is eventually shoved into touch. The Pumas secure an offside penalty and will have a shot at goal.
We have a few resets at the first scrum and the Pumas secure a penalty. Christopher Smith finds touch in the Griquas half.
The patient phases continue, but after 18 phases Steyn steals the ball for Griquas just outside his own 22. Great defence by the Griquas and they also win a penalty.
A good start and early possession controlled by the Pumas. Unfortunately the progression towards the 22 is very slow.
Kick-off! We are off in the 2018 Currie Cup Premier Division! There is a small crowd here in Nelspruit.
Welcome to Mbombela stadium for our live coverage of the first match of the 2018 Currie Cup between the Pumas and Griquas.
Both of these teams will hope for a better 2018 season after they ended at the bottom of the 2017 Currie Cup Premier Division log. The Pumas ended in sixth position, while Griquas ended seventh.
Team Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Ryan Nell, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Neil Maritz, 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Kwezi Mona. Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Jeandré Rudolph, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Trompie Pretorius.
Team Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn (captain), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11, Godfrey Ramaboea, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Conway Pretorius, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu, 1 Devon Martinus. Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Ruan Kramer, 19 Pieter Van Vuren, 20 Izak Burger, 21 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Andre Swarts
Our referee is Rasta Rasivhenge and he will be assisted by Ricus van der Hoven and Des van Wyk. The TMO is Shaun Veldsman.
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