The battle continues

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 8 Oct 2013 at 11:00
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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.


  • Pierre, did you attend the semi? Do you know how big the crowd was?

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.13 11:25:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : the Kings game, not great, weather was bad. Sharks and Bulls also playing the same time

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.13 12:24:17 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • EP Kings 32 Leopards 29

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.13 12:27:49 by pierre_mackie Reply
    pierre_mackieTeam captain
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : true Pierre wasn’t great, a light drizzle over PE the whole day. Kings weren’t great either

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.13 18:07:14 by Ludz Reply

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  • its a pity the kings did not keep the super 14 squad for the currie cup games. I cannot see them beating the pumas.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.13 08:56:36 by pete69 Reply

    pete69Currie Cup player

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