Pumas Currie Cup run comes to an end – 13 October 2017

Pumas Currie Cup run comes to an end - 13 October 2017

Selom Gavor scored his first try for the Pumas in the 69th minute
Photo: Johan Nothling

The Boogey Man, Warrick Gelant, was instrumental in the Blue Bulls turning the tides on the Pumas at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night with the Bulls scoring eight tries to four in their 52-32 victory.
Gelant scored only one of the tries but he stepped and weaver his way past numerous defenders to keep the Pumas defense guessing.
He had a perfect partner in late replacement Travis Ismaiel who showed just how a dangerous runner he is.
The Pumas, outgunned by the Bulls three-quarters, never raised the white flag and tried right to the end.
They had the upper hand in the scrums for most of the game and their forwards never took a step back.
Gelant made a strong challenge for Springbok colours once again and is the top try-scorer in the Currie Cup.
Captain Burger Odendaal again impressed in midfield with Johnny Kotzé the only back not to trouble the scorers.
Jannie Stander, Willie Engelbrecht, Selom Gavor and Frankie Herne earned the Pumas a bonus point for four tries.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Jannie Stander, Willie Engelbrecht, Selom Gavor and Frankie Herne. Conversions: Kobus Marais (3). Penalties: Marais (2).

Die Boogey Man, Warrick Gelant, was Saterdagaand op Loftus Versfeld instrumenteel toe die Blou Bulle agt drieë teenoor die Steval Pumas se vier gedruk het vir ‘n oorwinning van 52-32.
Gelant het net een van sy span se agt drieë gedruk en het die Puma-verdedigers gereeld met sy voetwerk in die lug laat gryp.
Hy het die perfekte vennoot in die vleuel Travis Ismaiel gehad wat getoon het watter gevaarlike aanvaller hy is.
Hoewel die Pumas agter deur die Bulle se driekwarte oorheers is, het hulle nooit die wit vlag gehys nie en enduit bly veg.
Hulle het die skrums vir lank oorheers en hul voorspelers het op gelyke voet meegeding.
Gelant het weer ‘n kleim afgesteek vir insluiting in die Springbokspan en is die voorste driedrukker in die Curriebeker.
Die Bulle se kaptein Burger Odendaal het weer in die middelveld beïndruk en Johnny Kotzé was die enigste agterspeler wie nie punte aangeteken het nie.
Jannie Stander, Willie Engelbrecht, Selom Gavor en Frankie Herne se drieë het die Pumas nog ‘n bonuspunt besorg.

Cloete back in starting line-up for clash against Blue Bulls – 11 October 2017

Cloete back in starting line-up for clash against Blue Bulls - 11 October 2017

Chris Cloete back in No.6 jersey for Pumas vs Bulls Clash
Photo Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has played his biggest trump card by including flanker Chris Cloete in his starting line-up for Friday night’s Currie Cup fixture against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
It will be Cloete’s last fixture before joining Irish club Munster at the completion of the domestic season who will start as open side flanker and with injuries to Brian Shabangu and Thembelani Bholi the timing couldn’t be better.
Janse van Rensburg had to replace Bholi, Shabangu, lock Stefan Willemse and fullback Justin van Staden for the final fling of the season.
Cloete and Nardus van der Walt will start on the side of the scrum, Jannie Stander will fill Willemse’s boots and Gerrit Smith moves from midfield to fullback.
In two other positional switches Trompie Pretorius moves to outside centre with Selom Gavor getting a starting opportunity on the wing.
Winger Gerrie Labuschagne gets his first opportunity in the match day 22.

Die Steval Pumas se afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg het sy grootste troefkaart gespeel deur die oopkantflank Chris Cloete in sy beginspan vir Vrydagaand se Curriebekerwedstryd op Loftus Versfeld teen die Blou Bulle te kies.
Dit is Cloete se laaste kragmeting voor hy hom by die Ierse klub Munster aansluit en met Brian Shabangu en Thembelani Bholi se besering kon die tydsberekening nie beter gewees het nie.
Janse van Rensburg moes Bholi, Shabangu, die slot Stefan Willemse en die heelagter Justin van Staden vir die laaste wedstryd van die seisoen vervang.
Cloete en Nardus van der Walt begin aan die kant van die skrum, Jannie Stander vul Willmse se stewels en Gerrit Smit skuif van die middelveld heelagter toe.
In twee ander posisionele skuiwe begin Trompie Pretorius op buitesenter en kry Selkom Gavor ‘n beginkans op vleuel.
Die vleuel Gerrie Labuschagne kry sy eerste geleentheid in die wedstrydgroep.
Pumas versus Blue Bulls: Gerrit Smit; Selom Gavor, Jerome Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski, Ruwellyn Isbel; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Nardus van der Walt, Chris Cloete, Hugo Kloppers, Jannie Stander, Pieter Scholtz, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Khwezi Mona. Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Kleinhans, Reynier van Rooyen, Gerrie Labuschagne.

Pumas forfeit a possible semi-final spot – 7 October 2017

Pumas forfeit a possible semi-final spot - 7 October 2017

Willie Engelbrecht score 2 tries for the Pumas in the 1st half.
Photo: Andre & Erna Meintjes

The Steval Pumas squandered a healthy 28-10 lead in the last fixture in the Mbombela stadium on Saturday to forfeit a possible semi-final spot in this season’s Currie Cup competition.
The Tafel Lager Griquas narrowly won the match 38-35 to end the Pumas’ Cup dream and lifted themselves off the foot of the congested Currie Cup log.
It was the proverbial match of two halves with the Pumas controlling the first stanza during which they scored a bonus point try with number eight Willie Engelbrecht particularly impressive.
The shoe was on the Peacock Blues’ foot in the second half with their impressive centre Tertius Kruger leading the fightback with a brace of tries of his own.
Kruger also started the Griquas fightback in the second half followed by an intercept try to the flying Kyle Steyn which signaled the beginning of the end for the home side.
It didn’t help matters for the Mpumalanga team that their advantage in the scrums was taken away with uncontested scrums.
It was Griquas’ turn to score four tries in the second forty which included Kruger’s final nail in the Pumas coffin.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Willie Engelbrecht (2), Hennie Skorbinski, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Frankie Herne. Conversions: Kobus Marais (5).
Griquas: Tries: Tertius Kruger (2), Wendal Wehr, Kyle Steyn, Ederies Arendse. Conversions: George Whitehead (4), André Swarts. Penalty: Whitehead.

Die Steval Pumas het ‘n gemaklike voorsprong van 28-10 in hul laaste wedstryd in die Mbombela-stadion Saterdag weggegooi en so ‘n moontlike plek in die halfeindronde van vanjaar se Curriebekerreeks opgeoffer.

Die Tafel Lager Griekwas het die wedstryd naelskraap 38-35 gewen om die Pumas se Curriebekerdroom te beeindig.
Dit was die spreekwoordelike wedstryd van twee helftes met die Pumas wat die eerste stanza beheer het waartydens hulle ‘n bonuspunt-drie gedruk. In die tyd was die agtsteman Willie Engelbrecht veral indrukwekkend.
Die skoen was egter in die tweede helfte aan die ander voet en die Poubloues se blink senter Tertius Kruger het die terugvegpoging aangevoor met twee drieë van sy eie.
Dit was ‘n onderskepdrie deur Kyle Steyn vir Griekwas wat die begin van die einde vir die tuisspan ingelui het.
Dit het nie die Mpumalanga-span gehelp dat hul voordeel in die skrums deur onbetwiste skrums weggeneem is nie.
Dit was Griekwas se beurt om vier drieë in die tweede helfte te druk wat ook Kruger se finale spyker in die Puma-kis ingesluit het.

Hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg regains his place in the starting XV – 5 October 2017

Hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg regains his place in the Starting XV - 5 October 2017

Hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg regains his place in the Starting XV
Photo: Andre Meintjes

After a much-needed rest the Steval Pumas have made only a single change to their side to meet the Tafel lager Griquas at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg regains his place in the Starting XV with Frankie Herne being moved to the bench once again.
Many of the first-choice players were in much need of both physical and emotional rest which was evident in the Cheetahs game.
Flanker Francois Kleinhans has also been recalled after a few weeks rest and with little game time recently, will start from the bench.
The Pumas are in a catch 22 position, the can still qualify for the play-offs if they win both the remaining fixtures with bonus points, or if they lose both, will finish with the wooden spoon.
The fine balance of their kicking game, their attack and defence deserted them against the Cheetahs and it proved costly.
They have beaten the Griquas away from home in Round One and have to regain that form.

Na ‘n welverdiende ruskans het die Steval Pumas net een verandering aangebring aan die span wat Saterdag in Nelspruit gasheer speel vir die Tafel Lager Griekwas.
Die haker Marko Janse van Rensburg is terug in die beginspan met Frankie Herne wat afskuif bank toe.
Baie van die eerstekeuse spelers het ‘n broodnodige fisieke en emosionele rus nodig gehad wat duidelik was in die kragmeting teen die Cheetahs.
Die flank Francois Kleinhans is teruggeroep na ‘n paar weke af en begin van die bank af.
Die Pumas is in ‘n moeilike posisie en kan steeds kwalifiseer vir die uitspeelrondes as hulle albei hul oorblywende bepalings met bonuspunte kan wen of hulle kan met die houtleper eindig indien hulle albei verloor.
Hul fyn balans van hul skop-, aanval- en verdedigingstaktiek het hulle teen die Cheetahs in die steek gelaat en hulle moet dit regstel.
Hulle het in die eerste ronde weg teen die Griekwas gewen en moet daardie vorm herwin.
Pumas versus Griquas: Justin van Staden; Jerome Pretorius, Gerrit Smit, Hennie Skorbinski (Capt), Ruwellyn Isbel; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Thembelani Bholi, Brian Shabangu, Hugo Kloppers (V Capt), Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Kwezi Mona. Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Kleinhans, Theo Maree/Reynier van Rooyen, Selom Gavor.