Cat-fight in KaNyamazane – 29 April 2017

Reynier van Rooyen scored two tries in the 2nd game of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge against the Xerox Golden Lions in Kanyamazane on 29th April.
Photo: Frans Louw

On a lovely Lowveld autumn afternoon, the Steval Pumas welcomed the Xerox Golden Lions to the picturesque Kanyamazane Stadium for the second round of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
The Steval Pumas started on the front foot, forcing a 2nd minute penalty, slotted by Kobus Marais, 3-0. Following a lengthy break for medical attention to a Lions player, Arthur Bobby, and the subsequent substitution, the Xerox Golden Lions struck back with a trademark, converted, ball-in-hand try, 3-7.

Kobus Marais laced up his kicking boots again today and kicked two more penalties to take the score to 9-7.

End-to-end action eventually lead to a converted Xerox Golden Lions try in the 29th minute, 9-14.
Marais hit back with another penalty 4 minutes later, 12-14, before the Steval Pumas scored a converted ball-in-hand try of their own. Reynier van Rooyen and Kobus Marais combining for 19-14. The Xerox Golden Lions kicked a 38-minute penalty for a half-time score of 19-17.

A period of sustained Lions-pressure resulted in a converted try in the 45th minute, 19-24. A Lions penalty 9 minutes later increased the lead to 19-27, before Reynier van Rooyen crossed the whitewash again. Marais converted, 26-27. The teams traded penalties to take the score to 29-30, with 14 minutes to play. The Xerox Golden Lions extended their lead with a converted try to take the score to 29-37.

In the final minutes of the game, the Steval Pumas launched repeated attacks, but resolute defense, and a 78-minute turnover penalty, would see the Xerox Golden Lions run out 40-29 winners.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said they were still in the game right up until the end.

“On one or two occasions, we ran the ball out of our own 22, forced play and lost possession, which put us under pressure. We did some really good things on defence. We also looked good at times with ball in hand and created opportunities that we just didn’t capitalize on. Ultimately, I think there were a few soft moments which cost us. We were still in the game right up until the end. The guys will learn some lessons out of this, hopefully bank this and grow from it,” said Janse van Rensburg.

He said the team didn’t link well enough on their kick chase, leaving a gaping hole for the Lions to run through resulting in a try and two soft 1 on 1 moments at scrum defence where the Pumas were numbered up ended up being costly.

“Unfortunately, we lost some vital set piece ball. Losing critical lineouts in good attacking positions and conceding some scrum penalties deprived us opportunities to launch attack. Defensively we did better in the collision compared to last week and stopped their momentum well. We kept them out for extended periods, but unfortunately those isolated soft moments resulted in us giving away easy points and having to play catch up. We will need to defend a bit less in games to come and protect our possession.” said Janse van Rensburg.

 

Katterig in Kanyamazane

Op ‘n wonderlike herfsmiddag in die Laeveld, verwelkom die Steval Pumas die Xerox Golden Lions in die prentjie-mooi Kanyamazane Stadion vir die tweede rondte van die SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

Die Steval Pumas het sterk begin en Kobus Marais kon in die 2de minuut reeds die telbord aan die rol kry met n strafskop, 3-0.
Na ‘n lang onderbreking vir mediese aandag aan ‘n Lions speler, Arthur Bobby het die Xerox Golden Lions een van hul kenmerkende bal-in-hand drieë gedruk. Dié is verdoel, 3-7.

Kobus Marais het weer sy skop-skoene aangetrek en met twee strafskoppe, die Steval Pumas die voortou laat neem, 9-7.

Die Xerox Golden Lions het in die 29ste minuut ‘n verdoelde drie aangeteken, 9-14. Marais het 4 minute later weer ‘n skrafskop aangeteken, 12-14, net voor Reinier van Rooyen die tuisspan se eerste drie kon druk. Marais verdoel, 19-14.
Die Xerox Golden Lions het in die 38ste minuut ‘n strafskop aangeteken om die halftyd telling van 19-17 te bewerkstelling.

Die Xerox Golden Lions het van die begin van die tweede helfte die druk volgehou en in die 45ste minuut is hulle met n verdoelde drie beloon, 19-24. 9 minute later het n strafskop die voorsprong laat rek na 19-27 voor Renier van Rooyen sy tweede drie van die middag gedruk het. Marais verdoel, 26-27.
‘n Strafskop aan elke span, en die telling was 29-30, met 14 minute speeltyd wat oorbly. Die Xerox Golden Lions het amper onmiddelik ‘n verdoelde drie aangeteken vir ‘n 29-37 voorsprong, wat hulle met ‘n laaste-oomblik strafskop na 29-40 kon rek vir hul oorwinning, ten spyte van herhaalde Steval Puma aanvalle in die laaste paar minute van die wedstryd.

Die Steval Puma afrigter, Brent Janse van Rensburg, het gesê die span was nog in die wedstryd tot in die doodsnikke.

“Daar was ‘n paar geleenthede waar ons die bal vanuit ons eie kwartgebied gedra het. Ongelukkig moes ons toe die spel forseer en ons het balbesit verloor. Ons het goed verdedig, selfs tydens ons aanvalle. Ons het goed gelyk met bal-in-hand en het goeie geleenthede geskep, ons kon hulle net nie altyd afrond nie, en uiteindelik het hierdie ‘sagte’ oomblikke ons gekos. Maar, ons was nog kompeterend tot reg aan die einde. Die manne sal ‘n paar lesse leer uit vandag se wedstryd en hopelik kan ons die in die bank sit, en verder groei.”

Hy het gesê die span het nie hul skoppe goed genoeg opgevolg nie, en het ook ‘n lyn-breuk sowel as ‘n skrum-breuk aan die Lions afgestaan.

“Op verdediging het ons hulle by die kontakpunt gestop. Ons het hulle momentum goed gestop. Ons het goed verdedig, hulle onder druk gehou, maar ongelukkig het daai paar ‘sagte’ oomblike hulle instaat gestel om binne trefafstand te bly.”

Janse van Rensburg het verder gesê: “Ons het ook ‘n paar belangrike eerste fase balle verloor, ons het ‘n paar lynstane verloor en ook ‘n skrum-strafskop of twee afgegee.”

SCORERS:

Pumas: Try: Reynier van Rooyen (2)

Conversion: Kobus Marais (2)

Penalty: Kobus Marais (5)

Cheetahs: Tries: Fabian Booysen (2), Shaun Reynolds, Gerrie Labuschagne

Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (4)

Penalty: Shaun Reynolds (4)

Steval Pumas seek another win against Lions – 27 April 2017

Hennie Skorbinski runs onto the field at KaNyamazane Rugby Stadium this Saturday as Captain for the 2nd week of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge against the Xerox Golden Lions at 3pm. Photo: Johan Rynners

After a superb showing in their opening SuperSport Rugby Challenge match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, all eyes will be on the Steval Pumas to notch up another win, this time against the Xerox Golden Lions.

The Mpumalanga side will have home ground advantage this time, hosting the Xerox Golden Lions at Kanyamazane Stadium on Saturday. Steval Pumas fans were delighted when the side ran out 31-23 victors against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in this past weekend’s encounter at Loftus Versfeld.

Even though victory is currently tasting sweet, Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that the team will this week be expected to put in extra effort to counter the Xerox Golden Lions’ exciting ball-in-hand approach.

“As always, the Lions are going to be a team that breathes a lot of life into the game and keeping the opposition busy. They’ve got a ball-in-hand approach, players with really high skills sets, very good decision-making and good offloading skills. Defensively we’ve got our work cut out for us this week,” said Janse van Rensburg.

This week’s match will be a case of the Steval Pumas arriving on the day and being fully prepared to outwork their opponents. Janse van Rensburg describes this as “a game of work ethic.”

“We defended a lot in the last match and it’s important for us to get a bit more balance this week. We have to focus on holding onto the ball when we attack. We had seven knock-ons in the last game, lost a ball in the breakdown and passed the ball into touch three times. So, we need to make sure that when we have the ball we look after it more,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Another key focus area for this week will be creating a stable platform from the scrum and ensuring that players get more width in defence.

“We need to contain them defensively and we really need to have good width and structure. We must execute our system on defence this week effectively so that we don’t have to overwork in trying to contain them,” said Janse van Rensburg.

The only change to the squad this week is the inclusion of Ryan Nell, who will be replacing Deon Helberg in the number 21 jersey.

The match against the Xerox Golden Lions kicks off at 15h00. Keep an eye on the Steval Pumas Facebook page Twitter feed for live score updates from the game.

 

Steval Pumas honger vir oorwinning teen Leeus

Na ‘n puik vertoning in die SuperSport Rugby Uitdagingswedstryd teen die Vodacom-Blou Bulle, sal alle oë op die Steval Pumas wees om nog ‘n oorwinning in te palm, hierdie keer teen die Xerox Goue Leeus.

Die Mpumalanga-span sal dié keer die voordeel geniet om op hulle tuisveld te speel, wanneer hulle Saterdag op Kanyamazane-stadion teen die Xerox Goue Leeus te staan sal kom.

Steval Pumas-aanhangers was verheug toe die span die naweek die Vodacom-Blou Bulle geklop het op Loftus Versfeld met ‘n 31-23 oorwinning.

Hoewel die oorwinning tans soet is, het Brent Janse van Rensburg, afrigter van Steval Pumas, gesê daar sal van die span verwag word om ekstra moeite te doen om die Xerox Goue Leeus se opwindende bal-in-hand-benadering teen te werk.

“Soos altyd, gaan die Leeus ‘n span wees wat baie lewe in die spel sal blaas en die opposisie goed besig hou. Hulle het ‘n bal-in-hand-benadering, spelers met baie goeie vaardighede, baie goeie besluitneming en goeie aangee in die kontak situasie. Wat verdediging aanbetref, het ons vandeesweek ons werk vir ons uitgeknip,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Dié week se wedstryd sal ‘n geval wees van die Steval Pumas wat op die dag moet arriveer en bereid sal wees om harder as hulle teenstanders te werk. Janse van Rensburg beskryf dit as “‘n spel van werketiek.”

“Ons het in die laaste wedstryd baie verdedig en dit is belangrik dat ons hierdie week ‘n bietjie meer balans moet kry. Ons moet daarop fokus om die bal te hou wanneer ons aanval. Ons het sewe hanterings foute in die laaste wedstryd gehad, een bal verloor by die afbreekpunt en het die bal drie keer oor die kantlyn verloor. Dus moet ons seker maak dat wanneer ons die bal het, ons daarna sal omsien,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Nog ‘n belangrike fokusarea vir hierdie week sal wees om ‘n stabiele platform te skep vir met die skrum en te verseker dat spelers meer wydte kry tydens verdediging.

“Ons moet hulle hanteer op die verdediging en hier ons moet regtig goeie wydte en struktuur hê. Ons moet vandeesweek ons verdedigings stelsel effektief en doeltreffend uitvoer sodat ons nie onsself oorwerk om hulle in toom te hou nie,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Die enigste verandering in die span dié week is die insluiting van Ryan Nell, wat Deon Helberg in die nommer 21-trui sal vervang.

Die wedstryd teen die Xerox Goue Leeus begin om 15:00. Hou ‘n ogie op die Steval Pumas se Facebook-bladsy asook Twitter vir lewendige opdatering van die puntetelling.

 

Team as follows:

15 Full back EBERSOHN SIAS
14 Right wing ISBELL RUWELLYN
13 Outside centre SKORBINSKI HENNIE
12 Inside centre VAN WYK LEIGHTON
11 Left wing LEWIS JEAN-PAUL
10 Fly half MARAIS KOBUS
9 Scrum half VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
8 Number eight GREEFF CAREL
7 Right flanker ENGELBRECHT WILLIE
6 Left flanker JOHANNES REUBEN
5 Right lock KLOPPERS HUGO
4 Left lock VUZANI TAZZ
3 Tight head prop COETZEE MARNE
2 Hooker JANSE VAN RENSBURG MARKO
1 Loose head prop KOTZE JACQUES

 

16 Hooker HERNE FRANKIE
17 Prop TERBLANCHE DE JAY
18 Lock GREEFF STEPHAN
19 Utility Forward SHABANGU BRIAN
20 Scrum half TEMPERMAN EMILE
21 Utility back NELL RYAN
22 Utility back WILLIAMS DEVON

Steval Pumas go head-to-head with Vodacom Blue Bulls – 21 April 2017

Marko Janse Van Rensburg scored the first try for the Pumas in the match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls
Photo: Johan Rynners

For the kick-off of the Super Sport Rugby Challenge 2017, the Steval Pumas travelled to Pretoria to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg’s back-to-basics approach manifested in the match and translated to the scoreboard, giving the Steval Pumas a 31-23 win.

Kobus Marais slotted a penalty after 5 minutes to give the Steval Pumas an early lead, but the Vodacom Blue Bulls replied with two penalties within 5 minutes to take a 6-3 lead.
Seven minutes later, Kobus Marais again split the uprights to level the scores at 6-6.
It took the Vodacom Blue Bulls another 13 minutes before they could score, and convert a try to take the score to 13-6.
Fortunately, Marais brought his kicking-boots and added another Steval Puma penalty just before half-time. The teams went into the shed at 13-9.

Whatever the coach said to his charges at half-time, had the desired effect. Four minutes into the 2nd half Marko Janse Van Rensburg scored a try for the Steval Pumas. The conversion sailed wide but the Steval Pumas regained the lead at 13-14. The Vodacom Blue Bulls hit back with a successful penalty 5 minutes later for 16-14, before they would score a converted try with 20 minutes to go.
Three minutes later, Rabs Maxwane received a yellow card for a spear tackle on Frankie Hern. To prove he’s not one to hold a grudge, Frankie scored a try a minute later.

With 10 minutes to go, the Steval Pumas made the one-man advantage count with two quick tries. The Steval Pumas took the lead by 8 points, securing the final score of 31-23.

A much improved second half performance would allow the Steval Pumas to run out as deserved winners and give them the perfect start to their Super Sport Rugby Challenge 2017 campaign.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was happy with the win but said there is a lot of work they still need to do and the players have to remain hungry to seek continual improvement.

“We didn’t have any ball in the first half, we defended a large amount of the game and that sapped the energy levels a bit close. We knew that if we could hold on, we would be in on it. We lost some vital lineouts in key areas of the field that put us under some pressure,” said Janse van Rensburg.

However, in the second half the team adapted their plan a bit and the guys stuck to the end.

“I am very happy with the work ethic and the energy in the second half. They fought to the end and pulled the game through. Obviously, an away game win against the Bulls at Loftus by 5 points is important and certainly helps in the competition going forward,” said Janse van Rensburg.

The Steval Pumas will play against the Golden Lions in KaNyamazane on Saturday, 29 April. Kick-off is at 3pm. Be sure not to miss this one!

 

Scorers: Kobus Marias: 3 Penaltys and 1 conversion, Marko Janse Van Rensburg: 1 try, Frankie: 2 tries and Devon 1 try

Timing is everything for Steval Pumas this weekend – 20 April 2017

Hennie Skorbinski runs onto the field at Loftus this Saturday as Captain of the Steval Pumas in their first match of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge against the Bulls at 2:30pm. Photographer: Andre Meintjes

After three warm-up games, the Steval Pumas are looking forward to showing their big match temperament in their first SuperSport Rugby Challenge match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls this weekend. The Mpumalanga side will head to Loftus Versfeld to test their mettle against strong opposition in the Bulls.

The last warm-up match against the Cell C Sharks resulted in a 50 – 19 victory for the Durbanites, but gave the Steval Pumas a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand the impact of what type of game plan can secure victory in the SuperSport Challenge.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg today announced the squad for the match, picked after testing various combinations during the warm-up games. He said that the focus of the upcoming game will be on kicking at the right times, the right type of kick and choosing when to run at the opposition.

“We need to get the basics right, get the set piece to work, get the game management right and be more resilient on soft moments defensively. On other occasions when we should have run, we decided to kick. I think the appreciation for when to run and when to kick, and what type of kick you use, is important,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Janse van Rensburg reiterated the importance of winning set pieces.

“We’ve got to have a bigger, better focus on turnover ball and securing our own set pieces, as the Bulls are very strong in that area. We need to immediately get into that defensive mode and be able to transfer our mindset quickly depending on whether we have the ball or we don’t,” Janse van Rensburg said.

He added that line speed will be a specific focus to put the Vodacom Blue Bulls under pressure.

“We will need to control our line speed well, but at the same time make sure that we recover if they play us in the wider channels” said Janse van Rensburg.

The match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls kicks off at 14:30pm. Keep an eye on the Steval Pumas Facebook page & Twitter feed for live score updates from the game.

 

Tydsberekening is hierdie naweek prioriteit vir Steval Pumas

Na drie opwarmwedstryde, sien die Steval Pumas daarna uit om hul groot-wedstryd- temperament te wys tydens hul eerste SuperSport Rugby Uitdagingswedstryd wat hierdie naweek teen die Blou Bulle sal plaasvind. Die Mpumalanga kant sal na Loftus Versfeld vertrek om hul staal te toets teen die sterk opposisie van die Bulle.

Die laaste opwarmingswedstryd teen die Cell C Sharks het ‘n 50-19 oorwinning vir die Durbaniete tot gevolg gehad, maar dit het die Steval Pumas ‘n waardevolle geleentheid gebied om eerstehands die impak te ervaar van watter tipe wedstrydplan oorwinning kan verseker vir die SuperSport Uitdaging.

Afrigter van die Steval Pumas, Brent Janse van Rensburg, het vandag die groep vir die wedstryd aangekondig. Hulle is gekies uit die toets van verskillende kombinasies tydens die opwarmingswedstryde. Hy het gesê dat die fokus van die opkomende wedstryd daarop sal sentreer om op die regte tyd te skop, die regte skop-tipe en die besluit oor wanneer om na die opposisie te hardloop.

“Ons moet die basiese dinge regkry, die vaste fasette kry om te werk, die spel-bestuur regkry en meer bestand wees op sagte oomblikke van verdediging. Op ander geleenthede waar ons moes hardloop, het ons besluit om te skop. Ek dink die waardering vir wanneer om te hardloop en wanneer om te skop, en watter tipe skop jy gebruik, is belangrik,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Janse van Rensburg het met nadruk gewys op die belangrikheid van die wen van vaste fasette.

“Ons moet ‘n groter, beter fokus op omgekeerde besit en die beveiliging van ons eie vaste fasette bewerkstellig, want die Bulle is baie sterk op daardie gebied. Ons moet onmiddellik in daardie verdedigende af en aan staat wees en ons ingesteldheid vinnig kan verander na gelang van balbesit of nie,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Hy het bygevoeg dat daar fokus op lynspoed moet wees om die Bulle onder druk te plaas.

“Ons sal ons lynspoed goed moet beheer, maar terselfdertyd moet seker maak dat ons herstel as hulle ons in die wyer kanale speel,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Die wedstryd teen die Blou Bulle skop om 15:00 af. Hou ‘n oog op die Steval Pumas Facebook blad asook Twitter vir regstreekse puntetelling aanpassing tydens die spel.

 

Team as follows:

 

15 Full back EBERSOHN SIAS
14 Right wing ISBELL RUWELLYN
13 Outside centre SKORBINSKI HENNIE (CPT)
12 Inside centre VAN WYK LEIGHTON
11 Left wing LEWIS JEAN-PAUL
10 Fly half MARAIS KOBUS
9 Scrum half VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
8 Number eight GREEFF CAREL
7 Right flanker ENGELBRECHT WILLIE
6 Left flanker JOHANNES REUBEN
5 Right lock KLOPPERS HUGO (V CPT)
4 Left lock VUZANI TAZZ
3 Tight head prop COETZEE MARNE
2 Hooker JANSE VAN RENSBURG MARKO
1 Loose head prop KOTZE JACQUES

 

16 Hooker HERNE FRANKIE
17 Prop TERBLANCHE DE JAY
18 Lock GREEFF STEPHAN
19 Utility Forward SHABANGU BRIAN
20 Scrum half TEMPERMAN EMILE
21 Utility back HELBERG DEON
22 Utility back WILLIAMS DEVON

Suidoos-Transvaal behaal roemrykste sege in hul geskiedenis

Suidoos-Transvaal behaal roemrykste sege in hul geskiedenis

Die datum, 4 Junie 1983, sal waarskynlik altyd aangeteken word as die grootste in die Puma Rugbyunie se geskiedenis. Dit is die dag toe Suidoos-Transvaal  hul roemrykste sege in hul geskiedenis behaal het.

Dit was die dag toe die span van Richard Cooke die magtige Westelike Provinsie met agt Springbokke in hul agttal, en die Du Plessis-broers in die agterlyn en Divan Serfontein as hul kaptein, 24-19 in ‘n wedstryd in die Lionbeker-reeks geklop het.

Suidoos se oorwinning was waarskynlik die grootste skok ooit in die Lionbeker-reeks en hoewel hulle in die volgende ronde teen die Vrystaat vasgeval het, sal die oorwinning vir verskeie redes altyd onthou word.

Die oorwinning is waarskynlik teen die beste WP-span in die modern era behaal, ‘n WP-span wat Suid-Afrikaanse rugby vroeg in die 80s oorheers het en die Curriebeker onder Dawie Snyman se afrigting vyf jaar agtereenvolgens gewen het.

Die span van Divan Serfontein het Noord-Transvaal daardie jaar in die Curriebekereindstryd op die heilige Loftus 9-3 geklop.

Nie ‘n enkele lid uit Suidoos se geledere het ooit die geleentheid gehad om hul land op die rugbyveld te verteenwoordig nie, maar hul heldedade sal nooit vergeet word nie.

Soos die van die heelagter Harry Muller, wie in sy 100e wedstryd in die Grystrui die verskil tussen wen en verloor was. Hy het die Springbok Colin Beck, een van die twaalf Bokke in WP-geledere, daardie dag oorskadu en met drie strafdoele en twee doelskoppe altesaam 13 punte aangeteken.

Die wedstryd sal ook as Beck se laaste ooit op die rugbyveld onthou word na ‘n ernstige besering sy rugbyloopbaan beeindig het.

Wyle Jorrie Jordaan sou waarskynlik indien hy vir ‘n groot Unie gespeel het, naby die Bokspan gedraai het en Cooke was destyds tussen die beste hakers in die land gereken.

Kallie Grobler was lank een van die voorste vleuels in die land en Muller was lank ‘n staatmaker.

Suidoos-Transvaal: Harry Muller (sy 100ste wedstryd); Frank Sullivan, Wimpie van der Westhuizen, Steve Meyer, Kallie Grobler; Gert la Grange, Klasie la Grange; Jorrie Jordaan, Hendry van Tonder, Terence Moll, Bertus van Eeden, Vleis van Zyl, Jan Loubser, Richard Cooke ©, Nan Broekman.

WP: Colin Beck; Frikkie Ebersohn, Wilfred Cupido, Chris Smit, Carel du Plessis; Michael du Plessis, Divan Serfontein ©; Nic Mallett, Theuns Stofberg, Rob Louw, Hennie Bekker, Andre Markgraaf, Attie Strauss, Shaun Povey, Henning van Aswegen.

Punte:

Suidoos-Transvaal: Drieë: Frank Sullivan, Steve Meyer. Doelskoppe: Harry Muller (2). Strafdoele: Muller (3). Skepdoel: Gert la Grange.

WP: Drieë: Hennie Bekker, Chris Smit. Doelskop: Colin Beck. Strafdoele: Beck (3).

Article: Andre Bester

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Steval Pumas show determination in warm-up game – 7 April 2017

The warm-up match between the Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks got off to a quick start on Friday afternoon at the Kings Park in Durban.

Soon after the start of the game, the Cell C Sharks were awarded a penalty try when the scrum was collapsed for which Marne Coetzee received a yellow card. This gave the Cell C Sharks a head start of 7 points. Thereafter, the Cell C Sharks scored a try through lock, Jean Droste. It was converted and the resultant score was 14 – 0.

Fortunately, JP Lewis scored a try which was converted. The Cell C Sharks responded by sending through a grubber kick from which S’bura Sithole was able to score. By half time, Odwa Ndungane had also scored and the score was now 28 – 7.

At the start of the second half, Devon Williams did a chip ‘n chase and scored in the corner. The conversion was missed setting the score at 28 – 12. Shortly after, Courtney Winnaar scored for the Cell C Sharks after a Ndungane run. Namibian scrumhalf Damian Stevens scored and the conversion resulted in 40 vs 12 to the Sharks.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Devon Williams chipped and JP Lewis caught and beat his man on the outside to score in the corner. The try was converted by Kobus Marais. The final score was 50 – 19.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that the guys learned some hard lessons.

“The guys are learning lessons and learning them the hard way. We have to be consistent with what we do on the field, and we have to be accurate with the execution of the game plan. Today we were inconsistent, if we get that right we will be better for it, but everything is fixable. We just have to keep seeking solutions and I’m sure that with more time the guys will learn lessons from this,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Taking a glimpse at the good things of the game, Janse van Rensburg said: “We scored some tries when we were executing effectively. We were in the game and we looked good but unfortunately the error rate turnovers were far too high,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Next up for the Steval Pumas is the start of the Super Sport Rugby Challenge 2017 series. The first game is at Loftus against the Blue Bulls on the 22nd April. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Sharks next on the agenda for Steval Pumas – 4 April 2017

Sharks next on the agenda for Steval Pumas

With the SuperSport Challenge kicking off in two weeks’ time, the Steval Pumas will look to improve their ability to grab points scoring opportunities in their final warm-up match against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Friday.

Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was disappointed that his side weren’t able to convert sustained pressure into points in the 40-19 loss to Western Province at Newlands this past Saturday. The Steval Pumas are ready to make amends during the warm-up clash in Durban, while continuing to bolster the improvements already shown since the opening pre-season match against the Lions.

“The Sharks are a Super Rugby union with a lot of depth and I have great respect for the coach Paul Anthony, so there’s no shadow of a doubt that they will pose a challenge. There were four or five very good scoring opportunities last week where we coughed up possession so we have to hold onto the ball,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Injury struggles continue to plague the squad. Locks Jannie Stander and Wiehan Hay are both out of the playing squad, along with flank Reuben Johannes and backs Hennie Skorbinski and Bernado Botha. Ruwellyn Isbell, Dylan Pieterse, Brian Shabangu and Ryan Nel will all take their spots on the bench this week as they return from injury.

“None of the returning players will get a lot of game time though, as their inclusion has been necessitated by the list of injuries being so long and severe,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Janse van Rensburg added that it was important to focus on their own game plan rather than on the opposition.

“We’re aren’t too sure what side the Sharks are going to bring but for the warm-up matches it’s more important to focus on our own game than anything else. Once the competition starts against the Bulls we’ll start focusing more intensely on the opposition,” he commented.

The match gets underway at 15h00. Keep an eye on the Steval Pumas Facebook and Twitter pages for score updates.

Sharks is volgende op die agenda vir Steval Pumas

Met die SuperSport Uitdaging wat oor twee weke afskop, beplan die Steval Pumas om hul vermoë te verbeter deur geleenthede te benut om punte aan te teken tydens hul finale opwarmingswedstryd teen die Cell C Sharks wat op Vrydag in Durban sal plaasvind.

Hul afrigter, Brent Janse van Rensburg, was teleurgesteld dat sy span nie in staat was om die volgehoue ​​druk in punte te omskep tydens die 40-19 nederlaag teen die Westelike Provinsie wat Saterdag op Nuweland plaasgevind het nie. Die Steval Pumas is gereed om hiervoor te vergoed gedurende die opwarmings-botsing in Durban, terwyl hulle voortgaan om die verbeterings te versterk, wat reeds wys sedert die opening van die voorseisoense wedstryd teen die Leeus.

"Die Sharks is 'n Super Rugby-unie met baie diepte en ek het groot respek vir die afrigter Paul Anthony, so daar is geen twyfel dat hulle 'n uitdaging gaan wees nie. Verlede week was daar vier of vyf baie goeie geleenthede om punte aan te teken, waartydens ons die bal laat gaan het, dus is balbesit nou baie belangrik," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Die span word egter steeds geteister deur besering. Die slotte Jannie Stander en Wiehan Hay is albei uit die speel-span, saam met flank Ruben Johannes en agterspelers Hennie Skorbinski en Bernado Botha. Ruwellyn Isbell, Dylan Pieterse, Brian Shabangu en Ryan Nel sal almal hul plekke op die bank inneem wanneer hulle vandeesweek terugkeer na die besering.

"Nie een van die terugkerende spelers sal baie speelkans kry nie, aangesien hulle insluiting genoodsaak was deur die lys van lang en ernstige beserings," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Janse van Rensburg het bygevoeg dat dit belangrik is om te fokus op hul eie wedstrydplan eerder as op die opposisie.

"Ons is nie so seker watter kant die Sharks gaan bring, maar vir die opwarmingswedstryde is dit belangriker om te fokus op ons eie spel as enigiets anders. Sodra die kompetisie teen die Bulls begin sal ons meer intens begin fokus op die opposisie," het hy gesê.

Die wedstryd begin om 15h00. Hou 'n oog op die Steval Pumas se Facebook en Twitter bladsye vir telling opdaterings.

 

The team:

Forwards

De Jay Terblanche, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Marne Coetzee, Stephan Greeff, Hugo Kloppers, Carel Grundlingh, Willie Engelbrecht, Jacques Kotze, Simon Westraadt, Frank Herne, Louis Albertse, Tazz Fuzani, Jeremy Jordaan, Brian Shabangu, Dylan Peterson.

Backs

Reynier van Rooyen, Sias Ebersohn, JP Lewis, Marlou van Niekerk, Deon Helberg, Tyler Fisher, Devon Williams, Emile Temperman, Kobus Marais, Ruwellyn Isbell, Leighton van Wyk, Ryan Nell.

 

Photo: Head Coach, Brent Janse Van Rensburg says the Pumas are ready to make amends during the warm-up clash in Durban, while continuing to bolster the improvements already shown since the opening pre-season match against the Lions

Photographer: – Andre Meintjes

Missed opportunities cost Pumas – 01 April 2017

Missed opportunities cost Pumas

The Steval Pumas couldn’t convert multiple opportunities against Western Province at fortress Newlands on Saturday, falling to a 40-19 loss in a pre-season friendly.

The visitors were starved of possession during the first half and ended up conceding six tries to the enterprising Province by fulltime, despite having the home side under pressure for the majority of the match. A converted try by Valentino Wellman in the 6th minute opened the scoring for Western Province, and another seven-pointer in the 20th minute took the score to 14-0: Scott van Breda crossing the whitewash and Brandon Thomas converting. A strong counter-surge from the Steval Pumas saw Marnus Schoeman crashing over, with Kobus Marais slotting the conversion in the 33rd minute. Province were again in relative comfort with a 21-7 lead by half-time, through a second converted Van Breda try just before the whistle.

Seemingly re-energised, the Steval Pumas scored through Carel Greeff early in the second half. The conversion from Marais took the Nelspruiters to within seven points once again, but Western Province drove home their advantage with three tries (two converted) to secure an unassailable 40-14 lead with under five minutes to go. Justin Phillips, Alistair Vermaak and Tristan Leyds all added their names to the try-scorers’ list. Greeff bagged his second try for the Steval Pumas thereafter, but the 40-19 defeat left coach Brent Janse van Rensburg lamenting numerous missed opportunities.

“I don’t think that the score line was a true reflection of the game. We had them under pressure for a lot of the match and didn’t manage to capitalise on scoring opportunities. We had some soft moments defensively and I think that the real difference was Province managing to grab their scoring opportunities, so full credit to them,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Janse van Rensburg said that he was happy with the continuous improvements shown by the Steval Pumas in the build-up to the SuperSport Challenge.

“In general there was a lot of improvement in our tactical awareness and style of play. Had one or two things gone our way it would have been very different. The purpose of the warm-up games is to prepare for the SuperSport Challenge, and we feel like things are on the right track,” he said.

Scorers

Western Province: Tries: Valentino Wellman, Scott van Breda (2), Justin Phillips, Alistair Vermaak, Tristan Leyds

Conversions: Brandon Thomas (4), Marcello Sampson

Pumas: Tries:  Carel Greeff (2), Marnus Schoeman 

Conversions: Kobus Marais (2)

 

 

Photo: Carel Greeff bagged 2 tries during the warm up game against Western Province in Cape Town on 1st April 2017

Photographer: – Max Bosanquet

Preparations continue with Western Province clash – 29 March 2017

Preparations continue with Western Province clash

The Steval Pumas are looking forward to another stern test against Western Province at Newlands this Saturday, as final preparations for the SuperSport Challenge gather momentum.

The Mpumalanga side will make the long trip to Cape Town for their second warm-up match of the season. This past weekend’s clash in Witbank against the Xerox Golden Lions resulted in a narrow 19-16 victory for the visitors, but has given the Steval Pumas’ coaching staff a valuable indication of the aspects that need work ahead of the SuperSport Challenge.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that he expects a particularly abrasive contest from Western Province.

“This match will be a lot more abrasive than last weekend because of their defensive mindset. They’ll get guys to the deck quickly, be hard at the breakdown and try to slow our ball down. Essentially, we have to be mentally up for it, be prepared to outwork them and endure a number of phases with ball in hand. The game will require a lot of work ethic,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Speed to the ruck, defensive width and line speed and tidying up at the lineouts have all been focuses for the side in training this week.

“Getting momentum will be a challenge so we’ve got to consider how we’re going to handle that. Essentially this is still very much preparation for us, so we’re still looking to try out a few things and test combinations,” Janse van Rensburg stressed. 

The Steval Pumas will have to deal with several new injuries from the match against the Lions. Reynier van Rooyen, Ruwellyn Isbell, JP Lewis and Jannie Stander add to the long list of players currently on the sidelines.

“We’re looking forward to having a fully-fit squad of guys. But that’s still a long way away. For the moment this gives us a good opportunity to develop the rest of the squad and for players to put their hands up,” said Janse van Rensburg. 

The match against Western Province kicks off at 12:25pm. Keep an eye on the Steval Pumas Facebook page Twitter feed for live score updates from the game.

 

Team as follows:

 

Forwards:

De Jay Terblanche, Marne Coetzee, Jacques Kotze, Simon Westraadt, Louis Albertse, Frankie Herne, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Jeremy Jordaan, Hugo Kloppers, Tazz Fuzani, Stefan Greeff, Marnus Schoeman, Johan Grundlingh, Carel Greeff, Reuben Johannes, Willie Engelbrecht.

Backs:

Emile Temperman, Reynier van Rooyen, Kobus Marais, Sias Ebersohn, JP Lewis, Hennie Skorbinski, Deon Helberg, Bernado Botha, Marlou van Niekerk, Leighton van Wyk, Tyler Fisher, Devon Williams.

 

Photo: Steval Pumas working hard during training week, ahead of the Western Province warm-up game on Saturday in Cape Town.

Photographer: – Andre Meintjes

Lions squeak through against Steval Pumas – 25 March 2017

Lions squeak through against Steval Pumas

The Steval Pumas and the Xerox Golden Lions got the rugby season underway with a cagey warm-up match which eventually saw the Johannesburg outfit squeaking to a 19-16 victory at Witbank Stadium on Saturday.

With both sides eager to make the most of their first chance to prove themselves in a match situation this year, the first 15 minutes remained scoreless, before the Lions went over in the 19th minute for a converted try. The Steval Pumas replied with two penalty kicks from Kobus Marais, but there was no further scoring in the first half as the Lions went into the changerooms with the slimmest of leads.

Marais was on song with the boot again to take the Steval Pumas ahead after 51 minutes, and five minutes later Devon Williams extended his side’s lead with a beautiful running try, converted by Marais. The Lions fought back hard and closed the gap to two points going into the last quarter, with a converted try taking the score to 16-14. An unconverted Lions try in the 66th minute proved to be the decisive moment. A rainy last ten minutes dampened the flow of the game and the visitors held out for victory against a worthy opponent in the Steval Pumas.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that some uncertainty was to be expected from the first match of the season.

“We didn’t quite execute everything that we wanted to and it was a bit of a scrappy affair, but we aren’t too concerned about it. At the end of the day it was a very closely fought match. We’ve now got a good idea of the things to work on for next week and going into the SuperSport Challenge, but we feel like we’re starting to build some good momentum to take forward,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Next up for the Steval Pumas is another warm-up match against Western Province at Newlands next Saturday, where the men from Mpumalanga will have another opportunity to further their preparations for the SuperSport Challenge at the end of April.

 

Photo:

  1. Devon Williams scores the only try for the Steval Pumas in the second half of the match
  2. Kobus Marias boot scored 11 points for the Steval Pumas during the warm up match against the Xerox Lions

Photographer:  Andre Meintjes