Currie Cup Rugby Review – Week 13

It was a weekend of joy and heartbreak in the Currie Cup Premier Division as the log-leading Golden Lions clinched first position in the standings with one round left to play thanks to a great victory over Western Province.

On the other side of the spectrum, Griquas won a great match against the Blue Bulls, all but knocking the team from Pretoria out of the competition.

While they still have a mathematical chance to qualify for the semi-finals, the Blue Bulls and Griquas have to rely on a favour from the Pumas next weekend. If the team in light blue don’t make it through, it will be the first time since 2001 that they don’t qualify for the knock-out phase of the Currie Cup.

The Sharks and the Free State Cheetahs also qualified for the semi-finals and next weekend’s final round of league action will determine which of these two teams will have home ground advantage.

Currie Cup final round fixtures:

Friday, 14 October

19:10: Blue Bulls vs Leopards – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Saturday, 15 October

15:00: FS Cheetahs vs Griquas – Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

17:05: Western Province vs Pumas – Newlands, Cape Town

19:10: The Sharks vs Golden Lions – Kings Park, Durban

Pumas vs Free State Cheetahs

A late yellow card to lock Eduan van der Walt probably cost the Pumas as the Free State Cheetahs scored two tries against only 14 defenders to win this pulsating Currie Cup match at the Puma Stadium in Witbank by 29-23.

When Van der Walt was sent to the sin bin in the 72nd minute, the Pumas were leading by 23-17 and on their way to a famous upset. But the Free Staters knuckled down as Sias Ebersohn and Andries Strauss scored late tries to seal the victory.

Like they’ve done for most of the 2011 season, the Pumas fought well above their weight and again came agonisingly close to beating a more-fancied opponent. They lead 13-7 at the break and even though the Cheetahs fought back, the home side extended their lead to 23-17 midway through the second half.

After this bonus point victory, the Cheetahs briefly moved into second position on the log, but they were down to third again on Saturday after The Sharks beat the Leopards in Phokeng.

Final Score Pumas 23 (7) Free State Cheetahs 29 (13)


Tries: Dewald Pretorius, Jaco Bouwer
Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout (2)
Penalties: Bezuidenhout (3).

Free State Cheetahs
Tries: Philip van der Walt, Marcel van der Merwe, Sias Ebersohn, Andries Strauss
Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (3)
Penalty: Sias Ebersohn.


Pumas: 15 MJ Mentz, 14 Wilhelm Loock, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Dewald Pretorius, 11 Johan Jackson, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Eduan van der Walt, 4 JP Mostert, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Replacements: 16 Brett Nel, 17 Michael de Neuilly-Rice, 18 RW Kember, 19 Nico Mostert, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Coenie van Wyk, 22 Siviwe Magaba.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Andries Strauss.

Griquas vs Blue Bulls

Griquas effectively ended the Blue Bulls’ semi-final charge and at the same time kept alive their own slim hopes of reaching the p

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