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Pumas eyeing Premier Division


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 17 Oct 2009 at 05:04
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The Pumas put the seal on one of their most successful seasons in decades when they took the First Division title with a comprehensive 47-19 thrashing of the luckless SWD Eagles in Witbank on Friday.

The six-tries-to-one win was every bit as convincing as the scoreline suggests.

And now the men from Mpumalanga can focus their attention on promotion to the Currie Cup Premier Division, as they meet the Boland Cavaliers in back-to-back promotion-relegation games in the next fortnight.

But back to Friday and the sublime performance by a Pumas team that has dominated the First Division this season, also showing their class with some superb play in the Final.

Pumas captain Hannes Franklin was understandably delighted, but said the hard work – to gain promotion – starts now and the celebrations will be tempered.

Bevin Fortuin, the Eagles captain, said he was proud of his team, despite the defeat. Fortuin pointed to the first half in which they gifted the home team a few soft tries with silly mistakes.

Fortuin said his team will now shift their focus to the promotion-relegation matches against the Leopards, also in the next fortnight.

After a frantic start, in which both teams showed their willingness to carry the ball in hand, Ricardo Croy opened the scoring with a penalty in the third minute.

Braam Pretorius had a chance to level matters four minutes later, but his shot was off target, as the home team continued their all-out attack.

It went from bad to worse for the Pumas minutes later when prop Ronnie Uys was yellow carded for a shoulder charge and Croy slotted the penalty for a 6-0 lead.

The Pumas managed to pull it back to 3-6, when Pretorius slotted a penalty in the 11th minute – the Eagles penalised for holding on in the tackle.

Their all-action approach soon paid dividends, as they went for a line-out instead of kicking for the posts. The maul initially went sideways, but the Pumas soon gathered momentum and they rumbled over – with Hannes Franklin credited with the try. Pretorius added the touchline conversion and suddenly the Pumas took a 10-6 lead – while being a man down.

However, at a scrum from the restart the Pumas were penalised for ‘standing up’ in the scrum and Croy made it 9-10 with 18 minutes gone.

Uys, in the first scrum after his return from the sin-bin, made amends by annihilating an Eagles scrum and securing a turnover.

And from that scrum they took the ball through a series of pick-’n-drives, before the hooker, Franklin, burst over for his second try. The call did go the TMO, but it didn’t take him long to confirm the score. Pretorius’s conversion attempt was wide, but at 15-9 the Pumas were beginning to look menacing.

Just on the half-hour mark the Pumas won another penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and Pretorius made it 18-9.

Croy hit the upright with a penalty attempt in the 33rd minute, as the Pumas maintained their stranglehold on the game.

The Pumas stretched their lead to 21-9 when flyhalf Valentine van Wyk landed a sweetly-struck drop-goal with less than three minutes remaining in the first half.

Bevin Fortuin had a shot at goal from 50 metres out right on half-time, but he was well short and the Pumas took that 12-point lead into the break.

The Eagles, at the start of the second half, threw everything they had at the Pumas in an effort to closer the gap.

Their first real chance at scoring came in the 56th minute, when replacement Gaffie du Toit landed a penalty from near 50 metres out – 12-21.

But from the restart a Du Toit mistake, when the ball was kicked directly into touch after being carried back into the 22, gave the Pumas an attacking line-out. And prop Ronnie Uys galloped through a gaping hole in the defence for try number three. Pretorius landed the conversion and at 28-12 it left the Eagles with a mountain to climb.

And when wing Allistair Kettledas flopped over for the fourth try as the final quarter approached – when the Pumas countered with devastating affect after another Eagles mistake – the game had ended as a contest. Pretorius failed with the conversion, but 33-12 meant the Eagles required three converted tries just to draw level.

Kettledas scored his second, and the fifth for the Pumas, in the 73rd minute – from a cross-field kick. The conversion made it 40-12, as the demoralised Eagles outfit could only hang their heads.

The Eagles’ dismal even was summed up in a movement five minutes from time, when Springbok fullback Bevin Fortuin broke clean through, only to pass to a Pumas player instead of one of his teammates.

There was eventually a consolation score, with wing Norman Nelson scoring the Eagles’ solitary try in the 79th minute – but as they say in the classics: ‘It was far too little, too late.’

To rub salt into the festering Eagles wounds  replacement Ashwin Scott scored a sixth try right on the final whistle. The conversion made the final score 47-19.

Man of the match: You will look at hooker Hannes Franklin’s two tries, the barn-storming charge for a try by prop Ronnie Uys and the dominance of the whole Pumas pack. But our award goes to Pumas scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee, who dictated terms behind the pack and showed great tactical appreciation to get his team on the front foot.

The scorers:

For the Pumas:
Tries:
Franklin 2, Uys, Kettledas 2, Scott
Cons: Pretorius 4
Pens: Pretorius 2
DG: Van Wyk

For the SWD Eagles:
Try:
Nelson
Con: Fortuin
Pens: Croy 3, Du Toit

Yellow card: Ronnie Uys (Pumas, 9 – foul play, shoulder charge)

Article courtesy of Rugby 365



62 Comments

  • Will have to shout for my home team SWD on Friday to get into the premier division.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.10.09 17:23:38 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Surely the Pumas will take Boland out,they had a great season in the 1st devision and deserves a spot in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.10.09 17:39:14 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Hope they can stay there next season though :oops:

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.10.09 17:42:17 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Currie Cup promotion/relegation games just started.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.09 15:32:00 by mbayshark Reply
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  • First up Boland vs Pumas in Welkom

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.09 15:32:32 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas score their first try after 2 minutes and the conversion is over

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.09 15:33:00 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Kavaliers scores right back

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.09 15:33:35 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Conversion is over. Scores tied 7 all after just 4 minutes!

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.09 15:34:17 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to the Pumas

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.09 15:35:35 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Kick missed by Braam Pretorius. Scores stay tied

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.09 15:36:45 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Ketlledas intercepts for the Pumas. They lead 14 -7 with the conversion kicked over

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.09 15:37:51 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to the Boland inside Pumas 22

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.09 15:42:45 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They kick for the line. Line-out 5 out

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.09 15:43:13 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Boland drive it over the line, Jonathan Kaplan awards a penalty try to Boland.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.09 15:44:07 by mbayshark Reply
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  • 3 Pumas players coming in from the side in the drive

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.10.09 15:44:34 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Conversion is over. 14 all after 15 minutes

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.10.09 15:45:03 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas looking real good attacking the Boland line

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.10.09 15:47:03 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They get the penalty, Pretorius to go for the posts

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.10.09 15:47:33 by mbayshark Reply
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  • He kicks it over. Pumas lead 17-14 after 18 minutes

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.10.09 15:48:10 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to Boland in the Pumas half

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.10.09 15:52:57 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They go for the line-out to setup another drive?

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.10.09 15:53:20 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They drive it up to the line but Pumas get the ball and kick for the line

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.10.09 15:54:48 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Kaplan calls for the TV ref though to check if a try might have been scored by Boland

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.10.09 15:55:41 by mbayshark Reply
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  • No try, Line-out to Boland 20 out

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.10.09 15:56:10 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Another penalty to Boland they kick for the line once again.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.10.09 15:56:57 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They set up a drive 5 meters out, but Pumas turn it over again and kick for touch for a bit of relief

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.10.09 15:57:52 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Boland scores their 3rd try with Zandre Jordaan scoring in the corner

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.10.09 15:59:46 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Conversion missed by Peach, score now 19 – 17 to Boland

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.10.09 16:01:02 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas on the attack again, gets a scrum right in front of the goalposts on Boland tryline

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.10.09 16:04:49 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee scores for the Pumas

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.10.09 16:05:22 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Conversion missed by Braam Pretorius. Pumas know lead 22 – 19.

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.10.09 16:06:25 by mbayshark Reply
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  • 4 tries already to the pumas

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.10.09 16:06:44 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to the Boland know. Kick is over scores now tied at 22 all

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.10.09 16:07:56 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas on the attack after kicking the ball through from their half

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.10.09 16:10:37 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to the Pumas, they kick for touch. Line-out 5 meters out

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.10.09 16:11:11 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas go over line. TV ref to decide

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.10.09 16:12:03 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Try awarded 27-22 Pumas with kick to come

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.10.09 16:13:27 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pretorius miss the kick no change to the score. Almost half-time

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.10.09 16:14:09 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Jordaan scores his second try for Boland after the halftime hooter goes

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.10.09 16:16:46 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Peach converts and its halftime. Cavaliers lead the Pumas 29-27. More than 50 points in the first half!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.10.09 16:17:52 by mbayshark Reply
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  • @mbayshark (Comment 40) : defence is overrated :-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.10.09 16:28:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kick-off second half

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.10.09 16:28:28 by mbayshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Agreed tries are what the game is about. :grin:

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.10.09 16:29:40 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Scrum 5 to the cavaliers after uncountable turn-overs. :shock:

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.10.09 16:31:11 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Great defence by Pumas

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.10.09 16:33:21 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They get a penalty in there 22 and kick for touch

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.10.09 16:33:45 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penelty to the Pumas about 52 meters out

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.10.09 16:36:34 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Kick just missed to the right. Score stays 29-27 to the Boland

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.10.09 16:37:47 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas attack and loose the ball on Boland try-line. Scrum 5 to the Kavaliers

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.10.09 16:39:35 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Boland caught in possesion and dot the ball down

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.10.09 16:40:38 by mbayshark Reply
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  • 5m scrum now to the pumas

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.10.09 16:40:56 by mbayshark Reply
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  • The loose the ball and Boland kicks the ball to touch in their 22

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.10.09 16:41:26 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to Boland for Pumas throwing the ball away. Boland kick for touch. Line-out Pumas 22

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.10.09 16:43:01 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Try to the Pumas, they are back in the lead. 32-29

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.10.09 16:49:29 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Conversion missed

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.10.09 16:51:12 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Pumas back on the attack again and gets a penalty in the Boland 22

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.10.09 16:51:38 by mbayshark Reply
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  • They kick for touch. Line out on Boland tryline

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.10.09 16:52:17 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Penalty to the Pumas. Kick is over by Braam Pretorius. Pumas extend their lead to 35 to 29

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.10.09 16:59:01 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Try for Boland in the corner. Great try.

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.10.09 17:06:54 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Peach converts from the touchline into the wind!. Boland now in the lead 36-35

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.10.09 17:08:32 by mbayshark Reply
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  • 2 minutes to go

  • Comment 61, posted at 24.10.09 17:13:49 by mbayshark Reply
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  • The whistle goes and the Kavaliers win the first game 36-35

  • Comment 62, posted at 24.10.09 17:18:57 by mbayshark Reply
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