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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.
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)

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

Conversions: Christian Rust (4)