Pumas cement Currie Cup First Division top spot

Currie Cup First Division log-leaders the Pumas this past weekend secured the top spot on the log with two rounds of matches remaining as they held on narrowly for their 12th victory in as many matches.

This favourable position will guarantee them a home final should they win their semi-final at home in three weekends.

While the Pumas worked their way into a cushy position on the log, the scramble for semi-final places continued with four teams still in the running for the three remaining semi-final spots.

The EP Kings, however, will have an edge in the next two weeks for the other home semi-final as they boast a five point lead over the third-placed Leopards, meaning they need only a bonus-point victory to finish the round robin stages in second place.

The fourth-placed SWD Eagles, meanwhile, only trail the Leopards by one point, and boast a seven-point lead over the Boland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers, however, have a tough match ahead against the Pumas, and if they suffer a defeat, it would in all likelihood deal the killer blow to their semi-final hopes.

SWD Eagles vs Pumas

In George the SWD Eagles put up a brave fight against the Pumas in the hope of boosting their home semi-final hopes, but their efforts were insufficient as the visitors secured a narrow 28-27 victory.

The Eagles started the clash strongly as they out-scored the visitors two tries to one in the first half, while fullback Justin van Staden kicked two penalties to match that by Pumas flyhalf JC Roos. This earned the home side an 18-13 lead at the break.

The Pumas crossed the tryline for their first of their two second-half tries in the 52nd minute, but these efforts were cancelled out by a penalty and drop goal by Van Staden.

The log-leaders, however, fought back in the dying minutes with Rosco Speckman crossing the tryline to come within striking range of a victory and they capped this off with a last-minute penalty by JC Roos to seal the 28-27 win.

Final Score SWD Eagles 27 (18) Pumas 28 (13)


SWD Eagles
Tries: Gerrit Smith, Schalk Oelofse
Conversion: Justin van Staden
Drop Goal: Van Staden
Penalties: Van Staden (4).

Tries: Coenie van Wyk, Rosco Speckman (2)
Conversions: JC Roos (2)
Penalties: Roos (3).

Boland Cavaliers vs EP Kings

The EP Kings dominated from the start against the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington and earned three first-half tries and a 19-0 lead for their efforts.

The Kings continued their dominance after the break and earned their bonus point try two minutes in as Stefan Willemse dotted down the ball.

This was followed up by two tries in three minutes by Steven Sykes and Cornell du Preez, which pushed the match out of reach for the home team.

But with nothing left to lose, the Cavaliers showed immense character and produced a late comeback thanks to two tries by Jason Kriel and one by Ulrich Pretorius to emerge from the match with a respectable score.

Final Score Boland Cavaliers 19 (0) EP Kings 40 (19)


Boland Cavaliers
Tries: Jason Kriel (2), Ulrich Pretorius
Conversions: Eric Zana (2).

EP Kings
Tries: Brian Skosana, Cornell du Preez, Michael Killian, Stefan Willemse, Steven Sykes, Penalty Try
Conversions: George Whitehead (3), Scott van Breda (2).

Leopards vs Griffons

The Leopards were made to work hard for their 40-33 victory against the Griffons in Potchefstroom as the visitors hung on until the last minute to create an upset. Such was the tight nature of the match it took a try on the stroke of full-time by the Leopards to secure the victory.

The teams were closely matched from the outset as the Leopards scored three tries to the Griffons’ two in t

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