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)

Kwarteindrondte: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions – 29 June 2017

Kwarteindrondte: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions

Hugo Kloppers returns to play this weekend after a minor injury to his back.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Die Steval Pumas het hul plek in die kwarteindstryd teen die Xerox Golden Lions in die SuperSport Rugby Uitdaagreeks bevestig, en die vind plaas op Saterdag, te Emirates Airline Park.

Die Mpumalanga span het die afgelope naweek met die Hino Valke afgereken, 47-33, ten einde hul onoorwonne tuis-rekord te behou, maar die Xerox Lions is nou weer ‘n perd van ander kleur.
Hulle het reeds twee keer die seisoen die Steval Pumas geklop, maar beide wedstryde was naelbyt-naby, die laaste ‘n 35-25 oorwinning op die einste Emirates Airline Park.

Die Steval Puma afrigter, Brent Janse van Rensburg, het gesê dat die kwarteindstryd sy span sal aanspoor tot ‘n beter vertoning teen die Xerox Golden Lions hierdie naweek.
“Ek is seker die manne sal regstaan om hierdie keer hul spel na ‘n nuwe vlak teen die Xerox Lions te neem. Die Lions sal altyd hul eie spel speel, teen ‘n hoë tempo, en met goeie vaardigheidsvlakke. Hulle is altyd reg om in die kontak-situasie van die bal ontslae te raak. Hulle speel om drieë aan te teken, dis wat hulle doen, so ons sal moet speel om dit die hoof te bied,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Hy het ook gesê die sleutel-aspek sal wees om die bal te vertraag, en om die afbreekpunt sterk te betwis.
“Ons sal poog om hul tempo by die afbreekpunt te vertraag. Ons moet bereid wees om hard te werk om hulle te bekamp. Teen die Bulls het hulle ‘n drie gedruk na 14 fases, so hul vermoëns om hul balbesit deur etlike fases te verseker is baie goed.”
Janse van Rensburg het afgesluit deur weereens op te merk dat die Steval Pumas hul eie balbesit sal moet beskerm, en meer geduld moet toon met hul besit.

“Ons moet ons geleenthede met beide hande aangryp, en dit is iets waaraan ons gewerk het die afgelope week, nadat ons dit geïdentifiseer het as ‘n probleem in vorige wedstryde. Dit is ook belangrik om ons vaste fasette te wen ten einde aanvals-platforme te skep.”

Die wedstryd teen die Xerox Golden Lion skop af hierdie Saterdag om 14:00 op Emirates Airline Park. Kyk gerus saam op SuperSport Select, DSTV Kanaal 210.

 

Quarter-finals time: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions

Fly Half Kobus Marais returns to play this weekend after a brief illness.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

The Steval Pumas have secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, where they will face the Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday.
The Mpumalanga side beat the Hino Valke 47-33 this past weekend at Mbombela Stadium, to maintain an unbeaten record on home turf. However, the Lions will undoubtedly offer a stiffer challenge, having beaten the Pumas twice in closely contested encounters in the competition - the latest a 35-25 win at Emirates Airline Park.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that the quarter-final occasion will spur his side on to a better performance against the Lions this time around.
“I’m sure the boys will be up for it and try to take it a step further than in our previous games against them. The Lions will always play their game: playing it at a high tempo and with good skill levels, always trying to offload the ball in contact. Their aim is to score tries, that’s what they do, so we are going to have to play a game that counteracts that," said Janse van Rensburg.
He said the key would be to slow the ball down and contest strongly at the breakdowns.
“We will try to slow down the tempo on their breakdowns. We are going to need to be prepared to hold them out. Against the Bulls they scored a try after 14 phases, so their ability to hold on to the ball for extended periods of time is very good,” coach said.
Janse van Rensburg concluded by saying that the team needs to hold on to the ball and be patient with it in hand.
“We need to finish off our opportunities which is something we’ve been working on and something that has been a challenge to us in previous games. It's also important that we always win our set piece ball to create a platform to attack from,” he said.
The match against the Xerox Golden Lions kicks off at 14:00 at the Emirates Airline Park. Catch all the action on SuperSport Select, DSTV channel 210.
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 MARAIS KOBUS
9 Scrum half TEMPERMAN EMILE
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 FUZANI TAZZ
3 Tight head prop COETZEE MARNE
2 Hooker JANSE VAN HEERDEN MARKO
1 Loose head prop MONA KWEZI

16 Hooker HEARNE FRANK
17 Prop KOTZE JACQUES
18 Lock STANDER JANNIE
19 Utility Forward GROENEWALD LAMBERT
20 Scrum half VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
21 Utility back VAN STADEN JUSTIN
22 Utility back WILLIAMS DEVON

Steval Pumas crush Hino Valke – 24 June 2017

Steval Pumas crush Hino Valke

Ryan Nell try at 55-minutes against the Hino Valke at Mbombela Stadium on 24 June 2017
Photo: Dirk Kotze

In the final group game of the SuperSport Challenge, the Steval Pumas took the field against the Hino Valke, hoping to secure a 3rd place finish on the log.

The opening minutes proved to be a ding-dong affair, with both teams showing a willingness to take the ball through multiple phases, and giving it some air, before the Hino Valke’s Anrich Richter crashed over for the first try on 7 minutes.
Christian Richter converted, 0-7.

The Steval Pumas launched wave after wave of attack from the restart and 8 minutes later, Francois Kleinhans scored under the posts for the home team. Sias Ebersohn converted, 7-7.

Scrappy play from the Hino Valke on the restart allowed the Steval Pumas to score their second shortly afterwards, with captain Hennie Skorbinski crossing the whitewash in the 20th minute.
Ebersohn was again on target with the conversion, 14-7.
Play continued, with no quarter asked, or given, until Emile Temperman scored for the Steval Pumas 12 minutes later. Ebersohn slotted, 21-7.

Emile Termperman try at 32-minutes against the Hino Valke at Mbombela Stadium on 24 June 2017
Photo: Dirk Kotze

The Hino Valke got the better of the ensuing minutes of end-to-end action, allowing Christian Rust to convert his own try, 21-14.

The Steval Pumas launched a sustained attack on the Hino Valke line, and several minutes after the half-time hooter sounded, were awarded a penalty try.

Half-time, 28-14.

The Hino Valke started the second half on the front foot, scoring inside of the first 5 minutes via Dwight Pansegrouw. Christian Rust converted, 28-21.

This did not sit well with the Steval Puma hooker, and Frank Herne scored for the home-team 3 minutes later. The conversion sailed wide, 33-21.

The Steval Pumas refused to back down, and extended their lead 7 minutes later when Ryan Nell scored a try, converted by Justin Van Staden, 40-21.

The Hino Valke had a couple of surprises of their own up their sleeves, and on 69minutes, Christian Rust scored his second, 40-26.

Ruwellyn Isbell decided to light the afterburners and scored a try following a scintillating side-line run.
Justin van Staden converted from the sideline, 47-26.

A converted intercept-try on the stroke of full-time allowed the Valke to take the score-line to 47-33.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said the mentality at the moment is just not calm enough. “There are a lot of positives that one can take out of the game but we need to be more clinical and our error rate is unfortunately too high. There were moments of brilliance in the match. We showed great intensity, great physicality, sometimes really good in the set piece.”
However, there were too many soft moments he said.
“Again throwing balls on the deck, aimless passes. We had try scoring opportunities that we are coughing up every time. We just aren’t patient with the ball in hand. We don’t execute. The Falcons scored a number of tries due to our errors. The players really have to start realizing that patience with the ball in hand is absolutely vital,” said Janse van Rensburg.

 

Steval Pumas speel klaar met Hino Valke
Die Steval Pumas het tuis teen die Hino Valke afgeskop om die derde posisie op die punteleer in te neem.

Hennie Skorbinski try at 20-minutes against the Hino Valke at Mbombela Stadium on 24 June 2017
Photo: Dirk Kotze

Die wedstryd het teen ‘n hoë tempo afgeskop, met beide spanne bereid om die bal deur etlike fases te dra, voordat Andrich Richter na 7 minute die eerste drie vir die Valke gedruk het. Christian Richter het verdoel, 0-7.

 

Die Steval Pumas het onmiddelik teruggeslaan met vlaag na vlaag van aanvalle op die Valke-lyn, en Francois Kleinhans het 8 minute later vir die tuisspan onder die pale gedruk.
Sias Ebersohn het verdoel, 7-7.
Die Hino Valke kon nie die Steval Puma afskop onder beheer bring nie, en Steval Puma kaptein Hennie Skorbinski het in die 20ste minuut gedruk. Ebersohn verdoel, 14-7.
Klipharde rugby het gevolg, en Emile Temperman kon 12 minute later n drie druk vir die Steval Pumas. Ebersohn was weer op teiken, 21-7.

Die Hino Valke het teruggeslaan, en Christiaan Rust het sy eie drie verdoel, 21-14.

Na nog ‘n periode van toegehoude druk, na die hal-tyd toeter, is n straf-drie aan die Steval Pumas toegeken, 28-14.

Die Hino Valke het die tweede helfte op die voorvoet begin en Dwight Pansegrouw het na 5 minute ‘n drie gedruk. Christian Rust het verdoel, 28-21.

Dit was nie tot Steval Puma se veteraan-haker, Frank Herne, se smaak nie, en hy het 3 minute later ‘n drie gedruk. Die doelskop het gemis, 33-21.

Die Steval Pumas het volgehou met die druk, en Ryan Nell het 7 minute later ‘n drie gedruk, verdoel deur Justin van Staden, 40-21.

Die Hino Valke het voort gegaan met goeie spel, en op 69 minute kon Christian Rust sy eie drie verdoel, 40-26.

Kort daarna het Ruwellyn Isbell die kantlyn aan die brand gehardloop vir sy drie, verdoel deur Justin van Staden, 47-26.

Net voor die eindfluitjie het die Hino Valke ‘n onderskep-drie aangeteken.

Eindtelling, 47-33.
Volgens Steval Puma afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg, is die mentaliteit van die span op hierdie stadium net nie kalm genoeg nie.

“Daar was baie positiewe elemente in vandag se wedstryd, maar ons moet meer klinies wees, en ons fout-vlak is steeds te hoog. Daar was oomblikke van briljante spel in die wedstryd, met deurgaande intensiteit, goeie fisiese spel, en ‘n sterk vertoning in die vaste fasette.”

Maar, het die afrigter opgemerk, daar was te veel ‘sagte’ oomblikke.
“Ons het te veel balle wild aangegee. Ons het geleenthede gehad om drieë te druk, en gewoon die bal verloor. Ons is nie geduldig wanneer ons die bal dra nie. Die Hino Valke het ‘n paar drieë gedruk op ons foute. Die spelers moet leer dat geduld, wanneer ons balbesit geniet, van kardinale beland is,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.
SCORERS:
Pumas
Tries: Francois Keinhans (1), Henny Skorbinski (1), Emile Temperman (1), Frank Herne (1), Ryan Nell (1), Ruwellyn Isbell (1)
Penalty Try: 1
Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (3), Justin van Staden (2)

Valke
Tries: Anrich Richter (1), Christian Rust (2), Dwight Pansegrouw (1), Etienne Taljaard (1)

Conversions: Christian Rust (4)

Steval Pumas look to fly against the Falcons – 22 June 2017

Steval Pumas look to fly against the Falcons - 22 June 2017

Ruwellyn Isbell returns from injury to play wing against the Hino Valke this Saturday at 3pm
Photo: Andre Meintjes

As the SuperSport Rugby Challenge reaches its sharp end, the Steval Pumas are anticipating a fierce battle when they come up against the Hino Valke on home turf this Saturday.
The team is back from Namibia, where they beat the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 42-8 to maintain third spot on the North Conference log. Earlier in the season, the Steval Pumas and Hino Valke played out to a scintillating 41-41 draw in Kempton Park.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that he expects a similar challenge this weekend, warning of the dangers of the Hino Valke attack, despite what must have been a painful 96-27 thrashing at the hands of the Xerox Golden Lions last week.
“They are a team that pose a lot of threats with ball in hand. We will really have to work hard to contain them. Our focus has also been on the set piece: they are a team that contest lineouts really well and put your ball under pressure. They are also good at launching

Lambert Groenewald returns from injury to the bench to play against the Hino Valke this Saturday at 3pm
Photo: Andre Meintjes

their attack from their lineout and have a variety of options that we have been preparing for,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Janse van Rensburg said that a key focus area will be to remain patient with ball in hand, particularly after some soft moments in the game against Namibia.
“After the Namibian game, we have to start well and for that to happen we have to put a team performance together. We seem to be throwing the ball away aimlessly at critical moments. I think if you’re chasing points the way that the players tried to do when they played Namibia, sometimes one loses your composure mentally,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Team changes this week will include the return of Ruwellyn Isbell at right wing, Justin van Staden at replacement fly half and Devon Williams at utility back after the trio return from injury.
“Gerrit Smith will be at full back as he needs game time to get some rhythm. Jerome Pretorius got a start last week and we are really happy with his performance, so we will keep him this week. Ruwellyn has done some good things in the past and we want to give him another chance this week,” said Janse van Rensburg.
The match against the Hino Falcons kicks off at 15:00 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Be sure to get your tickets for what promises to be another action-packed clash.

Steval Pumas beoog om te vlieg teen die Valke
Aangesien die SuperSport-rugbyuitdaging sy skerp einde bereik, verwag die Steval Pumas 'n vurige geveg wanneer hulle hierdie Saterdag op hul tuisveld, die Hino Valke in die gesig staar.
Die span is terug van Namibië, waar hulle die Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 42-8 verslaan het om die derde plek op die Noordkonferensie-lys te behou. Vroeër in die seisoen het die Steval Pumas en Hino Valke uitgespeel op 'n skitterende 41-41-gelykopspel in Kempton Park.

Justin van Staden returns from injury to the bench to play against the Hino Valke this Saturday at 3pm
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Brent Janse van Rensburg, afrigter van die Steval Pumas, het gesê hy verwag die naweek 'n soortgelyke uitdaging, terwyl hy waarku teen die gevaar van die Hino Valke se aanval. Hy het gesê dit was verlede week 'n pynlike 96-27-wedstryd in die guns van die Xerox Golden Lions.
"Hulle is 'n span wat baie gevaarlik is met die bal in hand. Ons sal hard moet werk om hulle aan te vat. Ons fokus is ook op die voorspel: hulle is 'n span wat lynstane baie goed bestry en jou bal onder druk plaas. Hulle is ook goed daarmee om hul aanval vanaf die lynstaan uit te voer en het ‘n verskeidenheid opsies waarvoor ons voorberei," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Janse van Rensburg het gesê die sleutel fokusareas sluit in om die bal te behou en kalm te bly, veral na 'n paar sagte oomblikke in die wedstryd teen Namibië.
"Na die Namibiese wedstryd moet ons goed begin en vir dit om te gebeur moet ons as 'n span saamwerk. Dit lyk asof ons die bal op kritieke oomblikke weggooi. Ek dink as jy najaag soos die spelers probeer doen het toe hulle teen Namibië gespeel het, verloor jy soms jou kalmte geestelik," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.
Span veranderinge hierdie week sluit in die terugkeer van Ruwellyn Isbell op regtervleuel, Justin van Staden op vervangings-losskakel en Devon Williams op veelsydige agterspeler, na die trio se terugkeer van besering.
"Gerrit Smith sal op heelagter wees, omdat hy speeltyd benodig om ritme te verkry. Jerome Pretorius het verlede week begin en ons is baie tevrede met sy vertoning, so ons sal hom hierdie week hou. Ruwellyn het in die verlede goeie dinge gedoen en ons wil hom weer 'n kans gee," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.
Die wedstryd teen die Hino Valke begin om 15:00 by die Mbombela-stadion in Nelspruit. Maak seker dat jy jou kaartjies kry vir wat beloof om nog 'n aksiebelaaide botsing te wees.

Team as follows:

15 Full back SMITH GERRIT
14 Right wing ISBELL RUWELLYN
13 Outside centre SKORBINSKI HENNIE
12 Inside centre NELL RYAN
11 Left wing PRETORIUS JEROME
10 Fly half EBERSOHN SIAS
9 Scrum half TEMPERMAN EMILE
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 FUZANI TAZZ
3 Tight head prop COETZEE MARNE
2 Hooker HERNE FRANK
1 Loose head prop MONA KWEZI

16 Hooker PRETORIUS MARK
17 Prop KOTZE JACQUES
18 Lock STANDER JANNIE
19 Utility Forward GROENEWALD LAMBERT
20 Scrum half VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
21 Utility back VAN STADEN JUSTIN
22 Utility back WILLIAMS DEVON

Steval Pumas score big time in Namibia – 17 June 2017

Steval Pumas score big time in Namibia

Carel Greeff contributed two tries to today’s clash against the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias Photo: Uwe Neustadt of Uwe's Photo Moments

The Steval Pumas kicked off the penultimate round of the inaugural SuperSport Rugby Challenge against the seriously depleted Windhoek Draught Welwitschias at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the Namibian capital.
With 11 players off on International Duty at the Nations Cup, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias team that took the field would mean they’ve used a total of 40 players during this building phase for the union.

The Steval Pumas started on the front foot, giving the ball a lot of air and running challenging lines. The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias were committed to their first-time tackles and managed to contain the men from Mbombela until a line-out error in the 10th minute allowed Emile Temperman to open the scoring with a try.
Kobus Marais converted, 0-7.
4 minutes later, JP Lewis scored the second after breaking on the blindside, following a strong Steval Puma scrum. Marais slotted the conversion, 0-14.

The Steval Pumas continued to pile on the pressure for the next 10 minutes, but several handling errors helped the Namibians keep the score line respectable until Carel Greeff wrestled over after a strong drive by the Steval Puma forwards for the team’s third try.
Marais was again on the mark, 0-21.
Despite shipping 21 points in almost as many minutes, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias made it clear they came to play and kept the Steval Pumas scoreless for the remainder of the first half.

Halftime, 0-21.

After their traditional shirt-change at halftime, the Steval Pumas started the second half in very much the same way as they started the game, with only resolute defence from the Windhoek Draught Welsitschias denying two threatening attacks in the first 5 minutes, before Francois Kleynhans scored another well-worked forward try. Sias Ebersohn converted, 0-28.

Eventually, after almost 20 minutes of second half action, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias’s discipline in the lineout let them down. From the resulting short-arm penalty, the Steval Pumas opted for the scrum and set the scene for Carel Greeff’s second. Sias Ebersohn was again on target with the conversion, 0-35.

5 minutes later, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias would cross the whitewash, only to be called back for an offside infringement.
Moments after this disappointment, their ongoing pressure resulted in a penalty, ably kicked by the captain, Winmar Rust, 3-35.

The Steval Pumas went on the attack from the restart, but a last-gasp turn-over allowed Dirk von Weidts to score a runaway try and bring the Hage Gaigob Stadium crowd to their feet. The touch-line conversion was a step too far for Rust, 8-35.

Janie Stander rounded off some sustained pressure by the Steval Pumas and scored a try on the final whistle. Ebersohn did the necessary for a final score of 8-42.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said he is disappointed in the team’s performance since they were impatient with ball in hand and did not keep possession.
“We threw the ball away aimlessly. There were loads of scoring opportunities which we just didn’t finish. We tried to force things individually. I am not too happy with that performance,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Coach said the team is better than that and now must learn the lesson of team work and patience. “It’s important to start the game well which we did not seem to do today. We were impatient and didn’t round our opportunities off,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Tazz Fuzani had a great game of defence in today’s clash against the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias
Photo: Uwe Neustadt of Uwe's Photo Moments

SCORERS.
Steval Pumas:
TRIES: Emile Temperman (1), JP Loots (1), Carel Greeff (2), Francois Kleinhans (1), Jannie Stander (1)
CONVERSIONS: Kobus Marais (3), Sias Ebersohn (3)
Windhoek Draught Welwitschias:
PENALTIES: Winmar Rust (1)
TRIES: Dirk von Weidts (1)

Steval Pumas back from bye to face Welwitschias – 15 June 2017

Steval Pumas back from bye to face Welwitschias

After a bye week in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the Steval Pumas are on their way to Namibia to take on the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias this Saturday. The Mpumalanga team are intent on handing another dose of Puma power to their opponents, who they thrashed 64-9 in Kempton Park last month.

Although currently third on the North Conference log behind the Xerox Golden Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls, a win against the Namibians will put the Steval Pumas well into contention for a place in the quarter-finals.

Before the bye week, the Steval Pumas lost 35-25 to the Xerox Golden Lions in a bruising encounter at Emirates Airline Park. Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that, after the break, the team is feeling mentally and physically refreshed for the rest of the competition.

“The guys have had a nice break, but we aren’t taking the upcoming game lightly. We won’t be confusing confidence with arrogance. We need to focus completely on getting the win, because it’s reaching crunch-time in the tournament,” said Janse van Rensburg.   

Janse van Rensburg stressed that it will be important not to concede turnovers this weekend.

“They score most of their tries from turnover ball and scrums. We need to protect our set-piece effectively and not give them those opportunities to pounce on. Then we can build on momentum and start notching up points,” he said.

The coach added that the team’s error rate was too high against the Xerox Golden Lions.

“We need to be more effective and reduce our error rate. I’m expecting all the players to work as hard as ever,” he said. 

Team changes this week will include the return of Jacques Kotze in place of De-Jay Terblanche at prop, Tazz Fuzani in place of Jannie Stander at lock, and Jerome Pretorius’s first start of the season at wing after recovering from injury. Gerrit Smit, Francois Kleinhans and Mark Pretorius make their first appearance for the Pumas this weekend and take their place on the bench as replacement utility back, forward and hooker respectively.   

On Friday, the Steval Pumas will also be keeping a keen eye on Kempton Park for the other North Conference clash of the week - the Xerox Golden Lions hosted by the Hino Falcons.

The match against the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias kicks off at 14:00 and will be televised on SuperSport 1. Be sure not to miss this exciting game.

Steval Pumas terug van bye om die Welwitschias in die gesig te staar

Na 'n af week in die SuperSport-rugbyuitdaging is die Steval Pumas op pad na Namibië om die Windhoek Draught Welwitschias hierdie Saterdag aan te pak. Die Mpumalanga-span is van plan om 'n verdere dosis Puma-krag aan hul teenstanders te gee, wie hulle verlede maand 64-9 in Kempton Park geklop het.

Alhoewel hulle die derde plek op die Noord-konferensie lys ná die Xerox Golden Lions en die Vodacom Blue Bulls inneem, sal 'n oorwinning teen die Namibiërs die Steval Pumas 'n kans gee in die kwarteindronde.

Voor die af week het die Steval Pumas 35-25 verloor teen die Xerox Golden Lions in 'n kneusplek-ontmoeting op Emirates Airline Park. Afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg het gesê die span voel na die breek geestelik en fisies verfris vir die res van die kompetisie.

"Die ouens het 'n goeie breek gehad, maar ons vat nie die komende wedstryd lig op nie. Ons sal nie vertroue verwar met arrogansie nie. Ons moet heeltemal fokus op die wen, want die toernooi is besig om keerpunt te bereik," het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Janse van Rensburg het beklemtoon dat dit belangrik is om hierdie naweek nie balle uit te sit vir omgekeerde besit nie.

"Hulle teken die meeste van hul drieë aan uit omsetballe en skrums. Ons moet ons stelstuk effektief beskerm en nie aan hulle geleenthede gee om op te spring nie. Dan kan ons momentum opbou en punte begin aanteken," het hy gesê.

 Die afrigter het bygevoeg dat die span se foutkoers te hoog was teen die Xerox Golden Lions.
"Ons moet meer effektief wees en ons foutkoers verminder. Ek verwag dat die spelers so hard soos altyd sal werk," het hy gesê.

Span veranderinge hierdie week sluit in die terugkeer van Jacques Kotze in die plek van De-Jay Terblanche as stut, Tazz Fuzani in die plek van Jannie Stander op slot, en Jerome Pretorius se eerste begin van die seisoen op vleuel nadat hy van 'n besering herstel het. Gerrit Smit, Francois Kleinhans en Mark Pretorius sal terugkeer en hul eerste verskyning maak vir die Steval Pumas hierdie naweek en hul plekke op die plaasvervangerbank in te neem as veelsydige speler, voorspeler en haker.    

Die Steval Pumas sal ook Vrydag 'n fyn oog hou op Kempton Park vir die ander Noord-konferensiebotsing van die week, wanneer die Hino Falcons gasheer speel vir die Xerox Golden Lions.

Die wedstryd teen die Windhoek Draught Welwitschias skop om 14:00 af en sal op SuperSport 1 uitgesaai word. Maak seker dat jy nie hierdie opwindende wedstryd misloop nie.

 

Team as follows:

 

15

Full back

WILLIAMS

DEVON

14

Right wing

PRETORIUS

JEROME

13

Outside centre

SKORBINSKI

HENNIE

12

Inside centre

NELL

RYAN

11

Left wing

LEWIS

JEAN-PAUL

10

Fly half

MARAIS

KOBUS

9

Scrum half

TEMPERMAN

EMILE

8

Number eight

GREEFF

CAREL

7

Right flanker

VAN DER WALT

NARDUS

6

Left flanker

SHABANGU

BRIAN

5

Right lock

KLOPPERS

HUGO

4

Left lock

FUZANI

TAZZ

3

Tight head prop

COETZEE

MARNE

2

Hooker

HERNE

FRANK

1

Loose head prop

MONA

KWEZI

 

16

Hooker

PRETORIUS

MARK

17

Prop

KOTZE

JACQUES

18

Lock

STANDER

JANNIE

19

Utility Forward

KLEINHANS

FRANCOIS

20

Scrum half

VAN ROOYEN

REYNIER

21

Utility back

EBERSOHN

SIAS

22

Utility back

SMITH

GERRIT

The catfight continues, round number two! – 2 June 2017

The catfight continues, round number two!

JP Lewis with ball in hand, playing against the Xerox Golden Lions today at Emirates Airline Park 2 June 2017
Photo: Johan Nothling

After suffering a defeat at the hands of the Xerox Golden Lions in the second round of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the Steval Pumas travelled to Emirates Airline Park with revenge uppermost in their minds.
After a tense opening 8 minutes, Aphiwe Dyantyi scored on his debut for the Xerox Golden Lions, Shaun Reynolds converted, 7-0.
3 minutes later, Marko Janse van Rensburg would not be denied and scored an unconverted try, 7-5. 4 minutes after that, Xerox Golden Lions's prop Justin Ackerman got a yellow card, reducing the home team to 14 men for 10 minutes. They survived this period, and hit back when Shaun Reynolds converted his own try in the 33rd minute, 14-5. It took the Steval Pumas only 3 minutes before JP Lewis scored a try, converted by Devon Williams, 14-12.
Almost immediately the debutant hit back for the home team, as Aphiwe Dyantyi scored his second try, again converted by Reynolds, for a half time score of 21-12. The Steval Pumas started the second half in their trademark strong way, and were rewarded with a Sias Ebersohn penalty after just 2 minutes, 21-15.
Building on this momentum, Ryan Nell scored an unconverted try in the 51st minute to close the gap to just one point, 21-20. But the Xerox Golden Lions are not leading this competition by accident, and extended their lead to 28-20 with a converted try 5 minutes later. Another 10 minutes of unforgiving rugby, and they extend that lead to 35-20. With six minutes left to play, Frank Herne pulls one back for the Steval Pumas, but the conversion is unsuccessful, and the Xerox Golden Lions walk off as winners, 35-25.

Ryan Nell “talk to the hand” playing against the Xerox Golden Lions today at Emirates Airline Park 2 June 2017
Photo: Johan Nothling

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said the team created more than enough opportunities to score more tries but invariably did not use them.
“Our error rate was way too high and we lacked consistency. At times, we did things really well and at other times we did the very same thing poorly. We missed basic tackles when we were in control on defence and lost ball again at our attacking breakdown when we were on the front foot. This resulted in us conceding two tries,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Coach Janse van Rensburg said the game management was also not accurate.
“We need to lower our turnovers of concern, get the basics right and be consistent for 80 minutes,” said Janse van Rensburg.
SCORERS:
Pumas: Try: Marko Janse van Rensburg (1), JP Lewis (1), Ryan Nell (1), Frank Herne (1)
Conversion: Devon Williams (1)
Penalties: Sias Ebersohn (1)
Lions: Try: Aphiwe Dyantyi (2), Shaun Reynolds (1), Akker van der Merwe (1), Jano Venter (1)
Conversion: Shaun Reynolds (5)