Currie Cup Rugby Review – Week 5

The Golden Lions opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Currie Cup Premier Division log with the halfway mark of the competition looming.

The team from Johannesburg remained the only unbeaten side in the competition after they beat the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday evening in Johannesburg, a day after the second-placed Sharks beat Western Province in Cape Town.

Griquas moved to third on the log thanks to WP’s defeat and their victory over the Platinum Leopards, while the Blue Bulls moved from last to sixth spot after beating the Pumas in Nelspruit.

In the Currie Cup First Division, the EP Kings won the top-of-the-table clash with the Boland Cavaliers in Port Elizabeth on Friday, while the Border Bulldogs got their first victory of the season.

Twenty three tries were scored in eight games the past weekend, with Griquas the only team to get a four-try bonus point. This is in stark contrast to the 70 tries that were scored in seven matches during week three.

Pumas v Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls had to dig deep for their second victory of the 2011 Currie Cup season when they beat the Pumas by 16-12 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday afternoon and doubled their log points tally.

Springbok winger Bjorn Basson, playing in his first game for the Blue Bulls, got the visitors’ only try when he broke through a Puma tackle early in the match. After that the kicking boots of Marnitz Boshoff and the home team’s Ricardo Croy took over, while the Bulls’ young replacement flyhalf, Louis Fouche, weighed in with a drop goal.

It was not the most memorable of games, but the team from Pretoria will be relieved with the victory – only their second in five matches this year. They have subsequently moved from last spot on the log to sixth, while the Pumas remain seventh.

Last season the Blue Bulls lost the corresponding fixture, the first Currie Cup game at the Mbombela Stadium.

For the Pumas it was heartbreak for the fifth time this season. Even though they are yet to win a game in 2011, they have accumulated five bonus points, have scored more tries than the Blue Bulls and have a better points’ difference than their neighbours from Pretoria and the Platinum Leopards.

Final Score Pumas 12 (0) Blue Bulls 16 (10)


Penalties: Ricardo Croy (4).

Blue Bulls
Try: Bjorn Basson.
Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff.
Penalties: Boshoff (2).
Drop goal: Louis Fouche.


Pumas: 15 Carl Bezuidenhout, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 MJ Mentz, 10 Ricardo Croy, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Eduan van der Walt, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Marthinus van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn. Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Matthee, 19 RW Kember, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Tiaan Marx, 22 Johan Jackson.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling. Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter.

Griquas v Leopards

Griquas moved up to third on the Currie Cup log after their third consecutive victory this season. They were too good for the Platinum Leopards at Park in Kimberley and won 32-18, claiming a full haul of five log points in the process.

Rugby purists would probably not have enjoyed this match, with too many errors and bad defence by both sides robbing the game of any real momentum.

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