Tense final sees Pukke claim title from College Rovers

2008-09-14 00:00

Two penalties in the last five minutes by replacement flyhalf Marcel du Toit gave Pukke a nailbiting 17-12 victory over KZN’s College Rovers in the SAA National Club Championships final played at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

The Potchefstroom students, playing in their fifth final in seven years, trailed 9-8 at half time and for much of the second half it seemed as if the KZN champions would hold out in a match played in stifling heat.

But Pukke gradually fought their way back into the match and the appearance of Du Toit, with 10 minutes remaining, signalled a change in their fortunes.

No sooner had he run on, he gave Pukke a 14-12 lead and then almost immediately afterwards extended the gap to five points with a second penalty goal.

In a tense final characterised by tight defence from both teams, Pukke scored the only try of the match, through fullback Warren Pietersen in the first half, while Rovers had flyhalf Andrew Borgen to thank for their points by way of four well-struck penalties.

Scorers

Pukke - Try Warren Pietersen, penalties Devan Eckard (2), Marcel du Toit (2).

Rovers - Penalties Andrew Borgan (4).

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