Advantage Griquas in relegation scrap
- 18 Oct 2013
Gouws Prinsloo kicked a last-gasp conversion to give Griquas an unlikely 21-19 win over the Pumas in Kimberley.
With this result, Griquas have gone 1-0 up in the Currie Cup promotion-relegation series. They trailed for much of the game and needed a last-ditch try and conversion to secure the result, but they will go into the decider next week with a clear advantage.
The Pumas were dominant in every department bar the scrum. They applied the pressure and accumulated 13 points in the first half.
The performance of Griquas in that first 40 contrasted that of the Pumas. The hosts took poor options and were undone by their own handling errors.
Perhaps the biggest mistake was pushing for the try when they should have been shooting for goal. On four occasions in the first half, Griquas turned down the three points. Sadly for the hosts, every attempt to kick for touch and set the lineout was followed by a turnover.
They went into the second half with zero on the scoreboard and 13 points adrift. It forced them to take some chances and persist with the kick-for-touch strategy. Unbelievably, they continued to blow scoring chances through elementary mistakes.
Griquas scored their first points in the 56th minute. Howard Mnisi delivered a great offload to Willie le Roux and the Springbok winger found Carel Greef for the finish.
Le Roux had a hand in the next try, scored in the 62nd minute. With those seven points, Griquas were in front.
JC Roos nailed two penalties to regain the advantage for the visitors, but the momentum had clearly shifted. Griquas scored from a lineout drive right on the final whistle, and Prinsloo added the extras to give them the victory.
The Pumas now trail by four log points to one and will need to beat Griquas in Nelspruit next weekend with at least a seven-point gap to ensure their progression to the Premier Division.
Griquas – Tries: Carel Greef, Jean Stemmet, Marnus Schoeman. Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (3).
Pumas – Try: Wilmaure Louw. Conversion: Carl Bezuidenhout. Penalties: Bezuidenhout (2), JC Roos (2).
Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Rynhard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (c), 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Patrick O'Brien, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 JP Nel, 22 Nico Scheepers.
Pumas – 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Bell, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 RW Kember, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Corné Steenkamp (c), 5 Eduan Van Der Walt, 4 Rudi Matthee, 3 Ivann Espag, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Vincent Koch, 18 De-Jay Terblanche, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 JC Roos, 22 Dewald Pretorius.
Photo: Dirk Jacobs/Gallo Images
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