This weekend sees the final of the ABSA Currie Cup 1st Division, as the Pumas hosts the EP Kings at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The Pumas eased through the season as they topped the log with an unbeaten record and qualifies for a promotion / relegation against the bottom finisher of the Premier Division.
In the first semi final at the Mbombela Stadium, the Pumas outscored the SWD Eagles 6 tries to 3 on Friday, beating them 52 – 33.
Pumas – Tries: Christo Le Roux, Coenie van Wyk, Corne Steenkamp, Renaldo Bothma, RW Kember, Stefan Watermeyer.
Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout (6)
Penalties: Carl Bezuidenhout (5)
SWD Eagles – Tries: Alshaun Bock, Anver Venter, Clinton Wagman
Conversions: Justin van Staden (3)
Penalties: Justin van Staden (4)
The second semi final was played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth between the EP Kings and the Leopards. The match went to extra time as the score was level at 22 all after the regular 80 minutes. The Leopards missed a penalty kick in the first 10 minutes of extra time which ultimately cost them the game, despite scoring a try at the end of the 100 minute game. The Kings scored a converted try and a penalty during the extra 20 minutes.
EP Kings – Tries: Kayle van Zyl, Tim Agaba
Conversions: Scott van Breda (2)
Penalties: Scott van Breda (6)
Leopards – Tries: Edmar Marais, Tiaan Dorfling
Conversions: Adriaan Engelbreght (2)
Penalties: Adriaan Engelbreght (5)
It will however not be the first time these two sides meet in a 1st Division Final, as they played in Port Elizabeth last year. There was very little separating these two sides a year ago as their round robin matches ended in draws, it was however the Kings that won the final 26 – 25.
The Kings and Pumas have been dominant in the 1st Division since 2009, when the Pumas won the trophy. A year later, 2010, the Kings beat SWD in George, 2011 the Kings defended the trophy unsuccessfully against Boland in Wellington. The Kings qualified for the 3rd consecutive year for the final in 2012 when they regained the trophy by beating the Pumas in Port Elizabeth. This year the Kings will travel to Nelspruit to defend their trophy yet again, against the Pumas.Tweet