Pumas out of depth in Shark tank – 30 July 2017

Pumas out of depth in Shark tank - 30 July 2017

Justin van Staden ball in hand, Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas at Growthpoint Kings Park 29thJuly 2017
Photo: Harold Cleland

The Steval Pumas travelled to Durban to play the Cell C Sharks in their second game of the Currie Cup Premier Division and was beaten 29 - 0.

Early play was patchy, if impassioned, as both teams had their attacking game interrupted by handling errors, and effective defence.

The Cell C Sharks opened the scoring with a Curwin Bosch penalty in the 5th minute, 3-0, but after that, the game would remain scoreless for the rest of the first half.

The Cell C Sharks seemed to suffer the after-effects of their bruising Super Rugby quarter-final, while the Steval Pumas couldn’t maintain the momentum generated by their win over the Xerox Golden Lions last weekend.

The second half started with an exchange of penalties at the breakdown, eventually leading to Lukhanyo Am scoring for the Cell C Sharks. Curwin Bosch converted, 10-0.

Minutes later, Sibusiso Nkosi scored on debut for the Cell C Sharks, Bosch converted, 17-0.

Both sides started ringing the changes around the 50-minute mark, and the Steval Pumas tried to step up their game to attack the 17-point deficit, but again, these efforts were undermined by handling errors.

Following an exchange of turn-overs, Kobus van Wyk, on debut, would eventually crash over in the corner for the Cell C Sharks. Bosch missed the side-line conversion, 22-0.

The Cell C Sharks kept up the pressure, and some deft handling in the backline eventually sent Jeremy Ward over under the posts, securing the bonus point. Bosch converted, 29-0.

Stefan Ungerer, Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas at Growthpoint Kings Park 29thJuly 2017
Photo: Harold Cleland

The Steval Pumas attacked strongly in the final minutes, but the Cell C Sharks defence denied them the chance to score.

The Cell C Sharks ran out 29-0 victors.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said the Sharks are a very physical team and they thrive off momentum.
“I was very encouraged by the effort of the players. The players really put their bodies on the line. They stopped a lot of the Shark’s momentum. Unfortunately, we had very little ball in the game. When you have to tackle that much, there is only so much you can do in the game. It emptied our tanks and depleted our energy quite a bit.”
The coach said that in the second half their managing of the game cost them.
“The momentum changer was when we kicked in the second half off the lineout. We did not have a chase line, we tried to run the ball out of our own 22 and forced it, and that resulted in a turnover ball from which they scored from. We lost two vital lineouts in the game, one off their try line in the first half and in the second half as well which they went to score from. On the counter attack in this game, we tried to force it at times and run the ball wide when we had no numbers and lost the ball in the breakdown. The sharks scored from that as well,” said Janse van Rensburg.
He said that unfortunately the players conceded some turnover ball tries because in their decision making with ball in hand of when to run and when to kick, it just wasn’t good in the second half.
“These are basic errors, soft moments, that against a team like the Sharks, proved to be costly. We made it a bit easy for the Sharks in the second half. I think the score line flatters them a bit, they got life off our mistakes. This is life, this is rugby. I believe we can build on this” said Janse van Rensburg.

SCORERS:
Sharks
Tries: Sibusiso Nkosi (1), Lukhanyo Am (1), Kobus van Wyk (1), Jeremy Ward (1)
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3)
Penalties: Curwin Bosch (1)

Currie Cup Premier Division Round 2: Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas – 27 July 2017

Currie Cup Premier Division Round 2: Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas

Thembelani Bholi makes his debut appearance wearing the no.6 jersey and Chris Cloete will join the Steval Pumas 22-man squad for the first time this weekend when they play the Cell C Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

The Currie Cup Premier Division got off to a great start for the Steval Pumas this past weekend and now they are preparing to make it two wins from two against the Cell C Sharks in Durban this Saturday.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has been forced into several changes for this week's match, with Ryan Nell, Francois Kleinhans and Nardus van der Walt not available for selection through injury. New on the field is Thembelani Bholi in the number 6 jersey and Chris Cloete on the bench.
"Fortunately, rugby is a full squad effort, so we are looking forward to giving other players who are hungry for game time an opportunity to show what they can do," said Janse van Rensburg, who added that he was impressed by the performance from his side during the 43-36 win against the Xerox Golden Lions. Meanwhile, the Sharks will be intent on bouncing back from a thumping 47-12 loss against the Cheetahs in their first match of the Currie Cup.
"The players have taken a lot of positive energy from the past game, but we can't get too comfortable. We need to press the reset button. The Sharks are a very good team - they are very abrasive, physical and direct," the coach said.
Janse van Rensburg added that it will be critical to contain the Sharks at set pieces.
"We will have to contain them in the set piece. The Sharks work hard in the contact areas defensively as they try to hold you up or hit you back and stir the breakdown area. Our ball carrier body height and work rate of the cleaners will be key to securing possession. Every player will need to execute their duties on the field in order to put together another good performance," he said.
Don’t miss the next instalment of the Currie Cup Premier Division this Saturday, 29 July at the Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. The match will be televised on SuperSport 1. Kick-off is at 17h00.
Curriebeker Premierliga Tweede Rondte: Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas

 

Die Steval Pumas het die Curriebeker Premierliga op die voorvoet begin die afgelope naweek, en werk tans hard om Saterdag twee oorwinnings in ‘n ry te verseker teen die Cell C Sharks in Durban.

Brent Janse van Rensburg, die Steval Puma-afrigter, moet noodgedwonge veranderinge maak, met Ryan Nell, Francois Kleynhans, en Marius van der Walt wat tans beseer is. Thembelani Bholi sal as debutant in die nommer 6 trui opdraf, terwyl Chris Cloete, die ander nuweling, op die plaasvervangerbank begin.
“Rugby vereis toewyding van die hele groep, so ons sien uit daarna om aan spelers wat honger is vir wedstryd-tyd, die geleentheid te bied om te wys wat hulle kan bydra,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê. Hy het bygevoeg dat hy beïndruk was met sy span se vertoning tydens die 43-36 oorwinning oor die Xerox Golden Lions. Die Cell C Sharks sal wraak wil neem na hul 47-12 pakslae teen die Toyota Cheetahs in hul eerste Curriebeker-wedstryd.

“Die spelers het baie positiewe energie opgewek met die oorwinning in die laaste wedstryd, maar ons mag nie op ons louere rus nie. Ons moet die ‘herstel’ knoppie druk. Die Haaie is ‘n baie goeie span, hulle is fisies, en hulle is direk,” het die breier gesê.

Hy het bygevoeg dat die vaste fases van die spel krities sal wees teen die Cell C Sharks.
“Ons sal hulle in die vaste fasette moet vasvat. Die Sharks werk hard op verdediging in die kontak areas. Hulle probeer om hul opponente daar te verstrengel en dan terug te slaan deur 'n voordeel te bewerkstelling by die volgende afbreukpunt. Ons baldraers se liggaamshoogte en ons baljagters se werks verrigting sal die sleutel wees om balbesit te verseker. Elke speler moet sy kant bring en sy take op die veld uitvoer om nog 'n goeie vertoning te verseker," het hy gesê.

Moenie die volgende episode van die Curriebeker Premierliga misloop nie.
Saterdag, 29 Julie, Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban.
Beeldsending op SuperSport 1, kanaal 201. Afskop is om 17h00
Team as follows:

15 SMITH GERRIT
14 ISBELL RUWELLYN
13 PRETORIUS JEROME
12 SKORBINSKI HENNIE (CPT)
11 LEWIS JP
10 VAN STADEN JUSTIN
9 UNGERER STEFAN
8 GREEFF CAREL
7 GROENEWALD LAMBERT
6 BHOLI THEMBELANI
5 KLOPPERS HUGO
4 JORDAAN JEREMY
3 SCHOLTZ PIETER
2 JANSE VAN RENSBURG MARKO
1 MONA KWEZI

16 HERNE FRANK
17 TERBLANCHE DE-JAY
18 STANDER JANNIE
19 CLOETE CHRIS
20 VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
21 EBERSOHN SIAS
22 WILLIAMS DEVON

CJ van der Linde joins Steval Pumas as Forwards Coach – 25 July 2017

CJ van der Linde joins Steval Pumas as Forwards Coach

CJ van der Linde joins the Steval Pumas coaching team for the Currie Cup 2017 season. Brent Janse Van Rensburg (Head Coach) and CJ van der Linde (new Forwards Coach).

In a momentous move for the Steval Pumas, world-cup winning Springbok prop and highly regarded coach CJ van der Linde has signed as forwards coach for the 2017 Currie Cup season.
36-year-old Van der Linde retired from professional rugby after the 2015/16 season with French Top 14 side Montpellier, but remained in the setup as scrum coach. Van der Linde, who made 75 appearances for the Boks and was an integral part of the team which won the 2007 World Cup, will now replace Hein Kriek at the Steval Pumas.
Kriek has been given an early release to take up an opportunity to join the coaching staff of the Czech National Rugby Union under Director of Rugby Phil Pretorius.
Van der Linde said that he is happy to be back in the country to join a quality coaching staff.
“It is great to be back in my own country and to work with quality people at the Pumas. I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Van der Linde.
He added that he is excited to work with head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg again, whom he played under and coached with at the Eastern Province Kings.
“I was very impressed with Brent’s way of coaching and managing the programme at the Kings. It’s exciting to be able to work with him again,” Van der Linde said.
Janse van Rensburg said that Van der Linde brings a wealth of international experience with him.
“Being an ex-Springbok who won the 2007 World Cup, and more recently coaching at Montpellier, CJ brings us a wealth of experience. Having coached with him before, I know what huge value he can add. He is very sound both technically and in character. We warmly welcome him to the Steval Pumas family,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Pieter Burger, Mpumalanga Rugby CEO said that with the early departure of Hein Kriek, the board feels it is important to increase support to players and coaching staff.
“CJ's specialized set piece and scrum knowledge will be invaluable over the course of the Currie Cup Premier Division. We look forward to his contribution and impact, and thank him for his time during his tenure over the next two and a half months.”
The Steval Pumas got off to an excellent start in the Currie Cup Premier Division this past weekend, defeating the Xerox Golden Lions 43-36 in a bonus-point victory at Mbombela Stadium. This Saturday, the Mpumalanga side will face the Sharks in Durban.

Puma-Woema prevails in Currie Cup – 23 July 2017

Puma-Woema prevails in Currie Cup

Captain Hennie Skorbinski scored one of 6 Pumas tries, in the 65-minute of the clash between the Steval Pumas and Golden Lions at Mbombela Stadium today
Photo: Andre Meintjes

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Mbombela Stadium braced itself for the latest instalment in the ongoing catfight between the Steval Pumas and the visiting Xerox Golden Lions. This instalment was the opening match of the Currie Cup Premier Division for both teams.
It was always going to be a humdinger, and with 34 points scored in the first 20 minutes of the game, the crowd knew they were in for a serious game of rugby.

The Steval Pumas were the first to bother the scorers when Justin van Staden slotted a penalty in the 3rd minute, 3-0.
The Xerox Golden Lions hit right back with a try, converted by Shaun Reynolds, 3-7.
It took the Steval Pumas only two minutes to return the favour. Gerrit Smith scoring and Justin van Staden converting, 10-7.
3 minutes later, Shaun Reynolds kicked a penalty to level the scores, 10-10.

As testament to the ding-dong nature of the game, both teams would score within 3 minute intervals, the Xerox Golden Lions with a converted try in the 14th minute, 17-10, and the Steval Pumas courtesy of a 17th minute Nardus van der Walt try, converted by Justin van Staden, 17-17.

Both teams tightened up their defences and it would be 16 minutes before Francois Kleinhans scored a try, converted by Justin van Staden in the 33rd minute to give the home team a 24-17 advantage at halftime.

The start of the second half echoed the start of the match, with Bradley Thain scoring for the Xerox Golden Lions in the 42nd minute. Shaun Reynolds was on hand to convert, 24-24. Jerome Pretorius saw yellow for the hosts in the 50th minute. The one-man disadvantage did not deter them and Justin van Staden scored a converted try within minutes, 31-24. Aphiwe Dyanti hit straight back with a try for the Xerox Golden Lions. The conversion sailed wide, 31-29.
The visitors kept the momentum going and scored another converted try 4 minutes later, 31-36.

Hennie Skorbinski scored shortly after, Justin van Staden converted, and at 38-36, with 15 minutes to play, the game was finely poised.

Gerrit Smith tipped the scales in favour of the home-team with his 2nd try 2 minutes later. The conversion was wide of the mark, as was a penalty a few moments later, but it took the scoreboard to the final score of 43-36.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said it was a good game and that the players gave absolutely everything.
They put their bodies on the line today, for that I am thankful and respect the effort given. We made life hard for ourselves though as we didn’t look after the ball well enough at times and coughed up possession too easily. With a team like the lions you need to be able to keep the ball for a decent period of time. But the players really wanted to play well and I think that pressure resulted in some impulsiveness evident, which happens. We will take a lot of good out of this match as there were certainly some great touches out there, but at the same time, we realize there is always work to do so that we can improve." said Janse van Rensburg

Justin Van Staden scored 18 points for the Steval Pumas to win a 43 v 36 win against the Golden Lions at Mbombela Stadium today
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas wen naelbyt-stryd
Die Steval Pumas se eerste Curriebeker-wedstryd teen die Xerox Goue Leeus het Sondagmiddag in die Mbombela-stadion afgespeel. Terwyl dit welbekend is dat ‘n kat nege lewens het, blyk dit dat 'n katgeveg ook heelwat lewens het.
Na ‘n naelbyt stryd, kon die Steval Pumas uiteindelik hul eerste oorwinning van die seisoen oor hul Gauteng opponente voor ‘n waarderende skare beklink.

Die wedstryd het in hoogste versnelling begin, met 34 punte wat in die eerste 20 minute aangeteken is.
Hanteer foute deur beide spanne het die drieë-fees effens hokgeslaan voordat die Steval Pumas nog ‘n drie kon aanteken om ‘n 7-punt voordeel te geniet teen halftyd.

Die tweede helfte het kliphard begin, met die spanne wat gereeld die voorsprong geruil het. Na 80 minute se opwindende Curriebeker-rugby het die Steval Pumas as wenners van die veld gedraf.

Gerrit Smith, Nardus van der Walt, Francois Kleinhans, Justin van Staden, en Hennie Skorbinski het almal vir die tuisspan in die doelgebied gaan kuier, met Smith se tweede drie wat uiteindelik die eindtelling van 43-36 bewerkstellig het.
Die betroubare Justin van Staden het 5 doelskoppe en ‘n strafskop bygevoeg.

Vir die Xerox Goue Leeus het Stokkies Hannekom, Shaun Reynolds, Bradley Thain, Aphiwe Dyanti, en Ashlon Davids almal vir die besoekers gedruk, terwyl Shaun Reynolds sy kant gebring het met 4 doelskoppe en ‘n strafskop.
Dit was so amper-amper of een van die losskakels het Frik du Preez se beroemde vertoning, soos deur Mof Myburg beskryf is, geewenaar, maar vandag was nie die dag nie.

Dit was wel ‘n welverdiende oorwinning vir die Steval Pumas, en ‘n droom, bonuspunt, begin vir hul Curriebeker-seisoen.
Brent Janse van Rensburg, afrigter van die Steval Pumas, het gesê dit was n goeie wedstryd en dat sy spelers hul kant gebring het.
"Hulle het met hart en siel gespeel, ek is daarvoor dankbaar en respekteer hul toewyding. Ons het die spel vir onsself moeilik gemaak omdat ons soms nie ons balbesit goed genoeg opgepas het nie en te maklik besit omgekeer het. Teen 'n span soos die Xerox Goue Leeus moet jy die bal vir lang periodes behou. Maar die spelers wou werklik goed speel en ek dink daardie druk het soms die impulsiewe besluite veroorsaak. So is die lewe. Ons sal baie plus-punte uit hierdie wedstryd neem, want daar was definitief wonderlike oomblikke in die wedstryd, terselfdetyd besef ons ook dat daar altyd werk is wat gedoen kan word om te verbeter," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

SCORERS
PUMAS
Tries: Gerrit Smith (2), Nardus van der Walt (1), Francois Kleinhans (1), Justin van Staden (1), Hennie Skorbinski (1)
Conversions: Justin van Staden (5)
Penalties: Justin van Staden (1)

LIONS
Tries: Stokkies Hannekom (1), Shaun Reynolds (1), Bradley Thain (1), Aphiwe Dyanti (1), Ashlon Davids (1)
Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (4)
Penalties: Shaun Reynolds (1)

Let the games begin: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions – 20 July 2017

Let the games begin: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions

Prop, Pieter Scholtz makes his first appearance in the Steval Pumas jersey against the Xerox Golden Lions on Sunday 23rd July 2017
Photor: Andre Meintjes
Scrum half, Stefan Ungerer makes his first appearance in the Steval Pumas jersey against the Xerox Golden Lions on Sunday 23rd July 2017
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas’ coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has said that the Currie Cup Premier Division will present exciting new opportunities for his side, ahead of their first match of the competition against the Xerox Golden Lions this Sunday.
In the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the Steval Pumas’ only played two out of nine games on their home turf of Mbombela Stadium, the venue for this weekend’s massive clash. The Currie Cup will see the Steval Pumas playing half of their group games at the stadium.
Janse van Rensburg said that his team has learnt lessons from their performances against the Xerox Golden Lions in the SuperSport Challenge. The Steval Pumas came out on the losing side of two hotly-contested matches in the group stage before going down 35-25 to the Xerox Golden Lions in the quarter-finals.
“We came up short against the Lions a few times, but we did more than enough to show that we could have got winning results. We have systems in place to contain them. Lessons were definitely learned and this week poses a big opportunity for us,” said Janse van Rensburg.
In team news, much excitement awaits as young prop Pieter Scholtz makes his Pumas debut in the number 3 jersey. Scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer has been included on the bench after signing from the Eastern Province Kings.
“It’s great for us to have some new guys in the squad and it always injects new energy. There is some healthy competition for places which always challenges everyone to be the very best they can be. From a tactical standpoint, it gives us new options to pick players,” said Janse van Rensburg.
The coach explained that the Steval Pumas have been working on multiple options to effectively counter the Xerox Golden Lions fast style of play.
“We’ve worked through all of these options and the players have been put through their paces. We just have to execute our systems really well and every player has to ensure his individual prep this week is executed on the field. If we can do that, I think we’re in with a good chance,” Janse van Rensburg said.
The match against the Xerox Golden Lions kicks off at 14:30 at the Mbombela Stadium. Tickets cost R40 for adults and R10 for kids. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office at Mbombela Stadium and at Computicket.
En die katgeveg kom weer: Steval Pumas teen Xerox Goue Leeus

In die opbou na die eerste wedstryd van die nuwe seisoen, tuis teen die Xerox Goue Leeus, het Brent Janse van Rensburg, die afrigter van die Steval Pumas gesê die Curriebeker-premierliga bied opwindende nuwe geleenthede vir die span.

Tydens die SuperSport-reeks het die Steval Pumas slegs twee van hul wedstryde op hul tuisveld, die Mbombela-stadion gespeel. Sondag se wedstryd teen die Xerox Goue Leeus sal in “Blokhuis Mbombela” plaasvind, en so sal helfte van die groep wedstryde tydens die toernooi.

Janse van Rensburg het gesê dat die span waardevolle lesse kon leer tydens die twee naelbyt wedstryde teen die Xerox Goue Leeus in die SuperSport-reeks voordat hulle met 25-35 uitgeskakel is in die kwarteindstryd.
“Ons het ‘n paar keer die spit afgebyt teen die Leeus, maar ons het ook meer as genoeg gedoen om te wys dat ons kon wen. Ons het die sisteme in plek om hulle hok te slaan. Ons het ons lesse geleer en Sondag se wedstryd bied ons ‘n wonderlike geleentheid om dit ten toon te stel,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

In ander nuus is die opwindede Puma-debuut van Pieter Scholtz in die nommer 3 trui. Skrumskakel Stefan Ungerer, wat pas van die Oostelike Provinsie Kings na die Steval Pumas geskuif het, begin op die plaasvervangersbank.

“Dit is wonderlik om nuwe spelers in die groep welkom te heet. Hulle bring altyd nuwe energie en dit skep gesonde kompetisie onder die spelers om plek in die span te kry, en daag al die spelers uit om op hul absoluut beste te gee. Vanuit n taktiese oogpunt bied dit ook aan ons nuwe geleenthede om spelers te kies,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Die afrigter het ook gesê die span het hierdie week ekstra hard gewerk aan verskeie maniere om die Xerox Goue Leeus se vinnige spel-styl te ontwrig.

“Ons het al hierdie opsies op die oefenveld ondersoek en die spelers weet wat van hulle verwag word. Ons moet nou net die spelpatrone effektief uitvoer en elke speler moet sy kant op die veld bring. As ons dit kan bewerkstellig, is ons in met n goeie kans,“ het Janse van Rensburg afgesluit.

Die wedstryd teen die Xerox Goue Leeus skop af om 14h30 by die Mbombela-stadion. Kaartjie pryse beloop R40 vir volwassenes, en R10 vir skoliere. Kaartjies is verkrygbaar by die Mbombela stadion kaartjie kantoor of by Computicket.
Team as follows:

15 Full back SMITH GERRIT
14 Right wing PRETORIUS JEROME
13 Outside centre SKORBINSKI HENNIE
12 Inside centre NELL RYAN
11 Left wing ISBELL RUWELLYN
10 Fly half VAN STADEN JUSTIN
9 Scrum half UNGERER STEFAN
8 Number eight GREEFF CAREL
7 Right flanker VAN DER WALT NARDUS
6 Left flanker KLEINHANS FRANCOIS
5 Right lock KLOPPERS HUGO
4 Left lock JORDAAN JEREMY
3 Tight head prop SCHOLTZ PIETER
2 Hooker PRETORIUS MARK
1 Loose head prop MONA KWEZI

16 Hooker HERNE FRANK
17 Prop TERBLANCHE DJ
18 Lock COETZEE MARNE
19 Lock STANDER JANNIE
20 Loose Forward GROENEWALD LAMBERT
21 Utility Back VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
22 Utility Back EBERSOHN SIAS

Container library and books donated to Mataffin orphans for Mandela Day – 19 July 2017

Container library and books donated to Mataffin orphans for Mandela Day

Group photo of some of the kids from the Mataffin Community Centre, the generous sponsors and some of the Pumas players standing outside the container library that was donated on the 19th July 2017

The impoverished community of Mataffin was filled with laughter and excitement as a container library was donated to orphans living in the Mataffin Woodhouse Community Care Centre on Mandela Day.
This year for the first time, two children from the community have advanced to grade 12. Previously, they would drop out in grade 10. By joining forces, the Steval Pumas, the Mpumalanga Show and Milviforce Puma N4 hope that even more children will have the tools to advance to grade 12. Hence the initiative to collect educational books for the orphans was started.
Centre manager of Mataffin Woodhouse, Amos Ngwamba was thrilled upon receiving the library donation.
“Since 2012 we have been trying our level best to help these orphans as we want them to be educated and to grow. Here, at the centre, the children complete grade R but then have to go to other schools. We believe that if we can encourage them to read and learn, we will change the future of the community and see our children go to university,” said Ngwamba as he works along his wife, Jeanette who is the founder of the centre.
The container library was donated by Karenza Ring of the Mpumalanga Show who said reading is the most important thing for a child.
“We believe that one must always give back and by teaching a child how to read, it will open many doors for them. Reading instils a sense of curiosity which is very valuable for a child’s future,” said Ring.
The orphanage is home to more than 169 children between the ages of 2 and 19 years of age.
Tshepiso Phosa, owner of Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit said it is wonderful to see how the community has joined hands to support the initiative.
“My father, Dr Mathews Phosa taught me that education is key. He came from a disadvantaged home but his father installed in him the importance of having an education, and it’s my wish to take that value and pass it on to other children. It is important for us as individuals to make the difference we want to see. Education is the definition of real wealth. No one can take it away from you” says Phosa.
Pieter Burger, CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby thanked all the sponsors who generously donated towards the container library. These include Buco, PG Bison, Remington Steel, Container World, Van Wettens, Total Signs and Orbic Architects.
“Education is so important to our youth, and we truly hope that this initiative is a small step towards changing the lives of the children the centre serves so selflessly,” said Burger.
If you would like to donate any children’s or educational books, you can do so by dropping them off at the Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit garage.

Mataffin weeskinders ontvang biblioteek-donasie vir Mandela-dag

Die verarmde Mataffin gemeenskap was oorweldig toe ‘n biblioteek geskenk is aan die weeskinders van die Mataffin Woodhouse gemeenskaps sorg sentrum op Mandela-dag.
Vanjaar, vir die eerste keer, is twee kinders van die gemeenskap in graad 12 waar meeste reeds skool sou verlaat het in graad 10. Gesamentlik het die Steval Pumas, die Mpumalanga Skou en Milviforce Puma N4 ‘n inisiatief begin om boeke in te samel vir die kinders, met die hoop dat meer toekomstiglik tot in graad 12 sal vorder.
Amos Ngwamba, die Mataffin Woodhouse sentrumbestuurder was baie in sy noppies toe die biblioteek afgelewer word.
“Sedert 2012 probeer ons desperaat om die weeskinders te help om hulle opvoedding te bevorder. Hier by die sentrum maak die kinders graad R klaar, en beweeg dan na ander skole in die opvangs gebied. Ons glo vas dat as ons hul van ‘n jong ouderdom af moet leer om te lees en skryf, dit kan die toekoms van ons gemeenskap verander, en ons kinders kan selfs universitiet toe gaan,” het Ngwamba gesê. Mnr Ngwamba werk saam met sy vrou Jeanette, wat dan ook die stigter van die sentrum is.
Die biblioteek wat bestaan uit ‘n industriële houer, is geskenk deur Karenza Ring van die Mpumalanga Skou, wie tydens die oorhandiging gesê het dat dit van uiterse belang is dat ‘n kind kan lees.
“Ons glo dat ons moet teruggee, en deur ‘n kind te leer om te lees sal baie deure vir hul oopmaak. Om te lees maak kinders nuuskierig en is van uiterse belang vir hul toekoms,” het Ring gesê.
Die weeshuis sien om na meer as 169 kinders tussen die ouderdomme van 2 – 19 jaar.
Tshepiso Phosa, eienaar van Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit het gesê dit is wonderlik om te sien hoe die gemeenskap saamgetrek het om die inisiatief te ondersteun.
“My pa, Dr. Mathews Phosa het my geleer dat opvoeding uiters belangrik is. Hy het uit ‘n minderbevoorregde huishouding gekom en sy pa het hom geleer hoe belangrik goeie opvoeding is. Dit is my wens om hierdie boodskap oor te dra na ander kinders. Dit is belangrik vir ons as individue om die verandering aan te bring wat ons wil sien,” het Phosa gesê.
Pieter Burger, hoof van Mpumalanga Rugby het die borge bedank vir hul waardevolle bydraes. Die borge sluit in Buco, PG Bison, Remington Steel, Container World, Van Wettens, Total Signs en Orbic Architects.
“Opvoeding is so belangrik vir ons jeug en ons hoop regtig dat hierdie inisiatief die nodige verandering teweë sal bring in die kinders se lewens wat daarvan gebruik gaan maak” het Burger gesê.
Indien u ‘n bydrae wil maak, kan jy so doen deur boeke af te laai by die Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit garage.

Steval Pumas welcome exciting prop to the team – 6 July 2017

Steval Pumas welcome exciting prop to the team

With the 2017 Currie Cup around the corner, the Steval Pumas are proud to announce the arrival of an exciting young player to the squad in time for the start of the country’s premier interprovincial tournament.
23-year-old tighthead prop Pieter Scholtz is making the move from the Golden Lions to bolster the Steval Pumas front row stocks when their Currie Cup Premier Division campaign kicks off on 23 July.
Scholtz was raised in the Northern Cape, where he started his rugby journey with a spot in the Griquas U/13 Craven Week team. He played Craven Week rugby at U/16 and U/18 level, before joining the Golden Lions Academy in 2013. He debuted for the Golden Lions Vodacom Cup team the following year, in an 18-16 victory against the Leopards in Potchefstroom.
Scholtz cemented his spot as a regular in the Golden Lions line-up, making eight appearances in 2015 and playing a starring role in the Under-21 side at the Provincial Championships. Despite being so young, Scholtz then appeared for the Lions in the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division against his former side Griquas, helping the Lions to a 29-19 victory. He has continued to be a valuable member of the Lions squad.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that Scholtz is an exciting young talent to have on board.
“We warmly welcome Pieter to the Steval Pumas family. He is a young and up-and-coming prop who has shown a lot of potential during his time with the Xerox Golden Lions. We are looking forward to seeing what contribution he can make towards the Steval Pumas. We know he will add value to the team going forward,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Pieter Burger, CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby said Scholtz is a seasoned and experienced tighthead prop.
“We truly do hope will give us the stability and flexibility that we in terms of our set piece and scrums that we have been lacking throughout the season to a certain extend. We are looking forward to his positive contributions to the Steval Pumas and would like to wish him well in terms of his future here with us,” said Burger.
Be sure not to miss Scholtz and the remainder of the Steval Pumas team in action as they face the Xerox Golden Lions at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday, 23 July. Kick-off is at 14:30.

Steval Pumas verwelkom nuwe stut
Met die 2017 Currie Beker kompetisie net om die draai, is dit met trots dat die Steval Pumas aankondig dat ‘n belowende, jong speler homself sal aansluit by die span vir die toernooi. Net betyds vir die begin van Suid-Afrika se vooraanstaande inter-provinsiale toernooi.
Die 23-jarige vaskopstut, Pieter Scholtz, skuif vanaf die Xerox Goue Leeus na die Steval Pumas, om die span se skrum-personeel aan te vul voor die Currie Beker seisoen afskop op 23 Julie. Scholtz het in die Noord-Kaap sy rugby loopbaan begin, en het uitgeblink in die Griekwas s o/13, o/16, en o/18 Craven Week-spanne.
In 2013 het hy by die Xerox Goue Leeus Akademie aangesluit en in 2014, sy debuut gemaak in die Goue Leeus Vodacom Beker-span.
Tydens 2015, het hy agt wedstryde vir die span gespeel en ook uitgeblink op o/21-vlak tydens die Provinsiale Kampioenskap. Ten spyte van sy ouderdom, het hy ook in 2015 sy buiging gemaak vir die Xerox Goue Leeus in die Currie Beker kompetisie, en was deurgaans gesien as ‘n aanwins vir die span.

Steval Pumas afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg het gesê hul is baie opgewonde om ‘n dinamiese speler soos Scholtz te kan verwelkom.
“Ons verwelkom Pieter met ope warms in die Steval Puma familie. Hy is ‘n jong stut, met ‘n blink toekoms, en het sy vermoëns ten toon gestel by die Xerox Goue Leeus. Ons sien uit na sy bydrae tot die Steval Pumas,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.
Pieter Burger, hoof van Mpumalanga Rugby het gesê Scholtz is ‘n gesoute en ervare vaskopstut.
“Ons hoop hy sal die nodige stabiliteit en buigsaamheid ten opsigte van ons voorspel en skrum na die span bring wat ons somtyds tydens die seisoen, tot ‘n sekere mate, ‘n gebrek aangehad het. Ons sien baie uit na sy positiewe bydra tot die Steval Pumas en ons wens hom alle sterkte toe met sy toekoms saam met ons,” het Burger gesê.
Pieter, en die Steval Pumas, speel teen die Xerox Goue Leeus op die Mbombela Stadion op Sondag, 23 Julie. Afskop is om 14h30.

Make way for the Steval Pumas School Ambassadors – 3 July 2017

Make way for the Steval Pumas School Ambassadors

Last year, in an attempt to grow stadium attendance at home games the Steval Pumas started an informal arrangement with the local schools to put their banners up a week before each home game in a visible place where parents drop and collect kids. This initiative appeared to work really well as it gave the union added exposure and visibility. This year the program has been formalised by asking each school to select an ideal candidate to officially put up their banners and be a Steval Pumas Ambassador.

Marius Coetzee, the Steval Pumas School Ambassador in Laerskool Bergland

Pieter Burger, CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby is extremely excited about the initiative and said the team wishes to get more involved in the community and create everlasting memories.
“The program not only aims at engaging bright future young talent, but also serves as a reminder to the community to support their local sporting heroes. We have a responsibility to the people to be a team that they are proud to support, on and off the field, and we take that responsibility very serious. The lovely people of the province and city in return has rugby’s future in the province in their hands,” said Burger.

“Whether you are in grade one and adore Pumaki, in grade 12 supporting your favourite player, or a mother and father taking the kids out for a day of fun at Mbombela stadium, your support and the memories we create together will determine the future of the sport in the region. We want to thank all the schools, staff, parents and supporters from the bottom of our hearts. Without you, nothing would be possible.’’
In return for the learners’ commitment, the Steval Pumas School Ambassador will receive five tickets to each home game, plus a specially designed, limited edition Steval Pumas School Ambassador game day shirt, the prestigious title of being a Steval Pumas School Ambassador and the opportunity to assist the team with community and charity events.
Also, one lucky ambassador will get the opportunity to run on the field with the ball before kick-off at their next home game. This incentive will continue through to the Currie Cup Premier Division where the Steval Pumas first home game will be on the 23rd of July against the Xerox Golden Lions.

Marius Coetzee, the Steval Pumas School Ambassador in Laerskool Bergland said he is very proud to have been chosen for this project.
“I love rugby and all activities associated with it and this is truly an awesome opportunity. I really hope they pick my name to run on the field with the provincial team,” said Coetzee.
Showing his expertise in the game of rugby, Coetzee who plays in his school’s first rugby team gave the following reasons for why the Steval Pumas is such a great team:
“They really play the ball and keep the ball in the air. This is important and shows that the team is focused.”
The participating schools so far are:
• Hoërskool Bergvlam
• Curro Nelspruit
• Penryn College
• Hoërskool Nelspruit
• Nelspruit Primary School
• Laerskool Bergland
• Laerskool Laeveld
• Lowveld High School
• Laerskool Nelspruit
• White River Primary

Be sure to keep an eye out on Steval Pumas social media platforms such as Facebook for pictures of these school’s ambassadors and support Mpumalanga’s golden boys. The banners for our first home game in the Premier Currie Cup go up in the 2nd week of July in preparation for when the Steval Pumas take on the Xerox Golden Lions at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday, 23 July. Kick-off is at 14:30.

Die Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeurs is hier!
In ‘n poging om bywoning van Steval Pumas tuiswedstryde aan te moedig, het die span ‘n informele ooreenkoms aangegaan met verskeie plaaslike skole in die Laeveld. Die ooreenkoms behels dat die rugbyspan se banniere ‘n week voor enige tuiswedstryde by skole opgesit word op ‘n plek waar dit die meeste aandag sal geniet van ouers wat hul kinders by die skool kom optel ensovoorts.
Die inisiatief was tot dusver uiters suksesvol en het gelei tot addisionele blootselling vir die rugby-unie. Vanjaar is die reëling egter geformaliseer en is elke deelnemende skool gevra om ‘n leerling te identifiseer om ‘n Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeur te wees en die span se banniere op te sit.
Pieter Burger, hoof van Mpumalanga Rugby is baie opgewonde oor die inisiatief en het gesê dit is belangrik vir die span om meer betrokke te raak by die gemeenskap en om ewige herinneringe te skep.
“Die doel van die projek is nie net om betrokke te raak by talentvolle en toekomende spelers nie, maar dien ook as ‘n herinnering aan die gemeenskap om die plaaslike rugbyhelde te ondersteun. Ons het ‘n verantwoordelikheid om ‘n span te wees wie almal trots kan wees om te ondersteun, beide op en af van die veld en ons is baie ernstig oor hierdie taak. Die lieflike mense van die provinsie en stad hou weer die toekoms van rugby in hul hande,” het Burger gesê.
“Of jy nou in Graad 1 is en opsien na die Pumaki, in Graad 12 is en jou gunsteling speler ondersteun of ‘n ma en pa is wie hul kinders na die Mbombela-stadion neem vir gesinsdag. Dit is jou ondersteuning en die tyd wat saam spandeer word, wat die toekoms van die streekssport bepaal. Ons wil hartlik dankie sê aan alle skole, personeel, ouers en ondersteuners. Sonder julle, sou niks moontlik gewees het nie.”
Op hul beurt, sal die toegewyde Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeurs vyf kaartjies vir elke tuiswedstryd ontvang, ‘n ontwerpers-Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeur wedstryd t-hemp. Asook die gesogte titel van ‘n Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeur en die geleentheid om die span by te staan met gemeenskaps- en liefdadigheidsgeleenthede.
Een gelukkige ambassadeur sal selfs die geleentheid kry om saam met die span op die veld te draf tydens tuiswedstryde, met die bal in die hand. Die inisiatief sal voortduur tydens die 2017 Currie Beker Premier Liga. Die eerste wedstryd sal plaasvind op 23 Julie wanneer die Steval Pumas te stane kom teen die Xerox Golden Lions by die Mbombela-stadion.
Marius Coetzee, die Steval Pumas Skoolambassadeur vir Laerskool Bergland het gesê hy is baie trots om betrokke te wees by hierdie projek.
“Ek is mal oor rugby en alle aktiwiteite wat gepaard gaan met dit. Hierdie is werklik ‘n besonderse geleentheid. Ek hoop regtig hul kies my om op die veld te draf saam met die provinsiale span,” het Coetzee gesê.
Om te wys hy weet waarvan hy praat, het Coetzee, wie vir sy skool se eerste rugbyspan speel, die volgende redes gegee hoekom hy dink die Steval Pumas is ‘n uitmuntende span:
“Hul speel slim en speel nie vas nie. Hul laat die bal beweeg. Dit is baie belangrik en wys dat die span gefokus is.”
Die volgende skole neem deel aan die inisiatief:
• Hoërskool Bergvlam
• Curro Nelspruit
• Penryn College
• Hoërskool Nelspruit
• Nelspruit Primary School
• Laerskool Bergland
• Laerskool Laeveld
• Lowveld High School
• Laerskool Nelspruit
• White River Primary
Hou gerus die Steval Pumas se sosiale platforme soos Facebook dop vir meer inligting rakende die Skoolambassadeursprojek en ondersteun die plaaslike helde. Die banniere vir die eerste tuiswedstryd sal reeds in volgende week by die deelnemende skole sigbaar wees. Dit is ter voorbereiding vir die wedstryd teen die Xerox Golden Lions by die Mbombela-stadion op Sondag, 23 Julie. Afskop is om 14:30.

No quarter given for Steval Pumas – 1 July 2017

No quarter given for Steval Pumas

Reynier van Rooyen scored a well worked ball from line out to score a try in the 9th minute
Photo: Johan Nothling

The Steval Pumas took to the field for their quarter-final against the Xerox Golden Lions in the SuperSport Challenge Rugby Series as the best-finishing 3rd placed team across all the groups.
They got off to a dream start when Nardus van der Walt broke the Lions line after taking a pass at full-chat and scored a try in the second minute, converted by Kobus Marais, 0-7.

The Xerox Golden Lions did not take this lying down, and took the ball thru several phases until Dillon Smit caught the Steval Pumas napping with a quickly taken penalty and scoring a try in the 6th minute, converted by Shaun Reynolds, 7-7.

Emile Temperman and Tazz Fuzanni clashed heads in trying to prevent the try and had to leave the field for medical attention. Fuzanni was replaced after suffering a broken left arm, while Temperman failed a concussion test.

4 minutes later, Temperman’s replacement, Reynier van Rooyen, took a well-worked ball from a line-out and sprinted in for a try. Kobus Marais converted, 7-14.

The Steval Pumas won a penalty following a line-out infringement by the Lions, Kobus Marais scored, 7-17.

Shaun Reynolds returned the favour in the 22nd minute to bring the score to 10-17.

Play continued, with a resurgent Lions side taking the ball thru 13 phases before Madosh Tambwe went over on the right. Shaun Reynolds was back on target, 17-17.

The Lions maintained this attacking pressure from the restart and eventually won a penalty close to the Steval Pumas line. Dillon Smith tried to catch them off guard by taking it quickly again. His darting run was stopped by the trailing leg of Francois Kleynhans, who saw yellow for his efforts.

The Lions took advantage of the one-man advantage by scoring a set-piece try straight off the training ground from the resulting line-out. James Venter scored and Justin Ackerman converted to make the half-time score 24-17.

In testament to the bruising nature of this encounter, Justin van Staden took to the field at the beginning of the second half, replacing the concussed Kobus Marais.
The Xerox Golden Lions came out on the front foot and opened the scoring with an unconverted try scored by Jarryd Sage, 29-17.

Justin van Staden pulled back 3 points for the Steval Pumas 5 minutes later as he kicked a penalty, 20-29.

James Venter scored his second try for the Xerox Golden Lions after some sustained pressure, Shaun Reynolds converted, 36-20.

Some trademark mauling by the Steval Pumas set the platform for a Frank Herne try on the hour mark, the conversion sailed wide, 36-25.

The Steval Pumas were not going to go home wondering and launched attack after attack at the Lions’ line, only to be rebuffed by a combination of resolute defence and one or two unfortunate handling errors.

By the 72nd minute, however, this flood of pressure became unstoppable and Frank Herne scored his second, Justin van Staden added the extra two points, 36-32.

The quarter final was now finally poised, with the momentum favouring the Steval Pumas.
A 22 drop-out from the Steval Pumas went directly into touch. The Xerox Golden Lions elected to go for the scrum on the 22, allowing Jarryd Sage to score his second.
Shaun Reynolds converted, 43-32.

The Steval Pumas restarted as quickly as possible and took the game well past the full-time hooter.
At this point, they were playing for sheer pride and did their supporters proud.

The Xerox Golden Lions ran out victors at 43-32.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said the team played their hearts out today.
“All round it was a good performance by the players. They fought back really hard in the second half which was encouraging to see. Up until 4 minutes left in the game, we were 4 points behind. It was still game on and an opportunity for the players. Unfortunately, a direct kick off resulted in 7 points for them. It was a good game to watch for all,” said Janse van Rensburg.
SCORERS

PUMAS

Tries: Nardus van der Walt (1), Reynier van Rooyen (1), Frank Herne (2)
Conversions: Kobus Marais (2), Justin van Staden (1)
Penalties: Kobus Marais (1), Justin van Staden (1)

LIONS

Tries: Dillon Smit (1), James Venter (2), Madosh Tambwe (1), Jarryd Sage (2)
Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (4), Justin Ackerman (1)

Penalties: Shaun Reynolds (1)