Pumas crowned First Division champs
- 11 Oct 2013
Coenie van Wyk scored three tries to propel the Pumas to a 53-30 victory in the Currie Cup First Division final in Nelspruit.
The hosts scored two breakaway tries in the first half through RW Kember and Coenie van Wyk. Carl Bezuidenhout wasn't at his best in front of goal, missing three kicks during the first 40 minutes, and yet the Pumas still led 19-9 at the break.
Stefan Watermeyer created the Pumas' third try when he put Van Wyk into space in the 46th minute. With Bezuidenhout's conversion, the Pumas were suddenly 26-9 ahead.
This forced the Kings to chase the game. It was always going to be difficult, given their struggles at the breakdowns and collisions.
Reserve back Ntabeni Dukisa gave the visitors some hope when he scored in the 55th minute. But some basic errors stalled the Kings' momentum and killed off all chances of a comeback.
Bezuidenhout found his radar in the second half, and punished the Kings' transgressions via two further penalties. Another try by JW Bell put the result beyond any doubt.
The Pumas ended the contest with two men in the sin bin, but were still good enough to obtain the desired result.
Van Wyk scored his third try in the 76th minute to complete his hat-trick, while Renaldo Bothma added a further score at the death.
Pumas – Tries: RW Kember, Coenie van Wyk (3), JW Bell, Renaldo Bothma. Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout (2), JC Roos (2). Penalties: Bezuidenhout (5).
EP Kings – Tries: Ntabeni Dukisa, penalty try, Kayle van Zyl. Conversions: Scott van Breda (3). Penalties: Van Breda (3).
Pumas – 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Bell, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Speckman, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 RW Kember, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Corné Steenkamp (c), 5 Eduan van der Walt, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Vincent Koch, 18 Giant Mtyanda, 19 Doppies le Roux, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 JC Roos, 22 Dewald Pretorius.
EP Kings – 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Tiger Mangweni, 11 Brian Skosana, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Dwane Kelly, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Mpho Mbiyoza, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 Darren Nell (c), 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Charl du Plessis, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Subs: 16 Robert Dyer, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Kayle van Zyl, 21 Ntabeni Dukisa, 22 Wayne Stevens.
Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images
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