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RECAP | Punchy, precise Pumas claim historic first Currie Cup title with 26-19 win over Griquas

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25 June 18:03

The duo that will forever remain Pumas legends - skipper Willie Engelbrecht and Jimmy Stonehouse. 
The duo that will forever remain Pumas legends - skipper Willie Engelbrecht and Jimmy Stonehouse. 

25 June 17:18

An inspirational coach skipper speaks... 
An inspirational coach skipper speaks... 

25 June 17:07

Lloyd Burnard's match report from Griqua Park is in... 
READ IT HERE

25 June 17:00

Power and precision proved key for the Pumas in this 26-19 victory over Griquas. 

They took their chances and defended stoutly against a home side that were their own worst enemies with myriad mistakes.

A fantastic reward for Jimmy Stonehouse, one of SA's greatest servants.

Point scorers:

Griquas - (9) 19

Try: Munier Hartzenberg

Conversion: George Whitehead

Penalties: Whitehead (4)

Pumas - (18) 26

Tries: Devon Williams, Eduan Swart, Willie Engelbrecht

Conversion: Eddie Fouche 

Penalties: Fouche (3)

25 June 16:56

Griquas take 10 phases to get to half-way before their bold attempt to draw the game goes up in flames.

THE PUMAS ARE CURRIE CUP CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY! 

25 June 16:54

Copy and paste ... just a better result. 

Hanru Sirgel is hit high as carrier and Whitehead has a distinctly more difficult penalty to convert.

He does.

They want to go for a score now... 

Griquas 19 - 26 Pumas with 2 min left. 

25 June 16:52

Can you believe it?

Griquas get a penalty and go for posts, allowing them 3 minutes to try and draw the game.

But George Whitehead somehow manages to hit the post.

Surely that's that... 

25 June 16:45

Just not happening for the hosts.

Whitehead's hold-up is reversed because Franna Kleinhands had his hands in Luther Obi's face.

Griquas go for an attacking line-out, only to have substitute Simon Westraadt throw in skew. 

25 June 16:29

Just as they think there's a turnaround coming, Griquas have a clearing kick charged down, which is ruled to have been taken into touch by George Whitehead.

The Pumas string together a meaty 15 phases before they're held up over the line. 

25 June 16:24

TRY!

Eddie Swart turns villain with a shocker of a throw-in, gifting possession to Griquas.

Rynhardt Jonker finds Munier Hartzenberg, who brilliantly skins two defenders for a fine solo score.

Are the hosts back in this?

Griquas 16 - Pumas 26 after 59 min. 

25 June 16:22

Griquas find some impetus on attack after they're awarded a scrum penalty.

But they simply can't find a way to scatter the defence as the Pumas just prove watertight.

Eventually, Eddie Swart gets his hands over the ball, to the relief of the Lowvelders. 

25 June 16:15

TRY!

Oh dear that errant hand proves immensely expensive.

The Pumas go a bit static from the penalty before Eddie Fouche to decides to change direction on attack. 

Jade Stighling crucially breaks the line as some rapid passing allows skipper Willie Engelbrecht to dot down in the left corner.

What a nice parting gift for the new Stormers flanker.

Fouche's conversion is wide.

Griquas 9 - Pumas 26 after 53 min. 

25 June 16:12

Nothing going right for Griquas.

Daniel Maartens is pinged for hands-in, gifting the hosts an easy 3 points.

But his No 6 direct opponent Werner Gouws is punished for a hand in the face and the penalty is reversed. 

25 June 16:09

The Pumas have been relentless after an opportunity for Griquas to get out of their half goes sour with a Xamlashe knock-on.

Slick handling puts the home defence under pressure and Sebastian de Klerk's chip over the top doesn't prove a waste as advantage was being played.

Eddie Fouche nails a 3rd penalty.

Griquas 9 - Pumas 21 after 47 min. 

25 June 16:04

BIG CALL!

Devon Williams looks to have put the Pumas out of sight with a majestic piece of individual brilliance, keeping himself in-field and then chipping forward to round off a brilliant score.

But Sebastian de Klerk's pop-pass to him is ruled forward.

Will Griquas wake up now? 

25 June 16:00

2nd half kicks-off.

Johan Mulder, a real catalyst for Griquas last weekend against the Bulls, is on for Stefan Ungerer at scrumhalf. 

25 June 15:47

Fouche misses the touchline conversion, but the Pumas take a brilliant 18-9 lead into half-time. 

25 June 15:46

TRY!

The Pumas are in command!

They've been camping in the Griquas' red zone after the hosts collapse a scrum on half-way.

Eddie Swart wriggles his way through the ensuing maul. 

25 June 15:42

The Pumas are keeping Griquas pinned in their own half.

A sloppy tackle sees Sebastian de Klerk slip through the cracks as the Pumas go on the attack.

Griquas scramble relatively well, but can't stop the momentum and the penalty comes.

Eddie Fouche extends the Lowvelders' lead.

Griquas 9 - 13 Pumas after 35. 

25 June 15:36

Griquas waste a penalty that was in range for Whitehead, but the Pumas' line-speed on defence means the indiscretions will mount.

It proves that way and this time the hosts go for post.

Griquas 9 - 10 Pumas in 31st min. 

25 June 15:32

TRY! 

What a response by the Pumas. 

Jade Stighling pounces on a switch pass from Chriswill September, who then brilliantly off-loads to Daniel Maartens. 

It's then time for him to off-load to the powerful Eduan Swart.

September's service is swift and Tinus de Beer's loopy pass to Devon Williams sees him over in the right corner.

Eddie Fouche converts.

Griquas 6 - 10 Pumas. 

25 June 15:26

Solid as a rock!

Whitehead nails the penalty and Griquas take the lead!

6-3 after 21 min. 

25 June 15:26

Pumas waste a good platform with an elaborate line-out tactic that goes wrong through a skew throw-in.

The scrum collapses and Griquas have a relieving kick.

Derik Pretorius does well to secure possession before Eduan Swart makes a good tackle but doesn't roll away.

George Whitehead goes for posts. 

25 June 15:18

Both teams trying to establish some territory.

It's not going well... 

25 June 15:14

Wild passage of play.

Griquas granted a penalty for obstruction, but hooker Janco Uys shows some nerves with a woeful throw-in.

Pumas try to counter, but are thwarted by some good defence.

A turnover ensues as Griquas try to take advantage, only to cough up possession too.

A kick forward for Tapiwa Mafura goes over the dead-ball line.

First scrum. 

25 June 15:10

Excellent contest on the ground by Griqua lock Derik Pretorius, who immediately forces a penalty after the kick-off.

George Whitehead puts the hosts on the board.

3-all in the 5th minute. 

25 June 15:08

Eddie Fouche makes no mistake in front of the posts.

Griquas 0-3 Pumas after 3 min. 

25 June 15:08

Veteran Puma prop Corne Fourie, who played in two Super Rugby finals for the Lions, sets a precedent with a massive hit on Griquas No 8 Siba Qoma. 

Pumas win good territory and launch a decent maul. 

Hanru Sirgel penalised for a chop tackle. 

25 June 15:02

Problem with the PA system apparently, so the fans couldn't hear. 

25 June 14:58

But first, the national anthem. 

25 June 14:58

The teams run out and we're ready for kick-off! 

Big day for young Griquas skipper Sango Xamlashe, who has to deputise for the injured Niel Otto.

25 June 14:26

Pumas utility forward Kwanda Dimaza's family is here too.

Khanya Dimaza and Luxolo Dimaza are with him all the way: "We're here to support my brother and spoil the party."

<p>Pumas utility forward Kwanda Dimaza's family is here too.</p><p>Khanya Dimaza and Luxolo Dimaza are with him all the way: "We're here to support my brother and spoil the party."</p>

25 June 14:22

The teams are out warming up. 
The teams are out warming up.&nbsp;

25 June 14:11

A stocky, small(ish) tighthead fronting up against a veteran of two Super Rugby finals and a stint in the English Premiership.

Two immense duels at loose forward and the battle of a rookie skipper against the Currie Cup's most devastating attacker.

Saturday's Currie Cup final between Griquas and the Pumas in Kimberley has no shortage of intriguing duels that will illuminate what is widely considered a Cinderella showpiece.

READ MORE HERE

25 June 14:04

Phillip Holloway, a life-long Griquas fan, was 9 years old when his side last won the Currie Cup in 1970.

"I was too young, and I don't remember as much as I'd like to about that day. So this means the world to me."

<p>Phillip Holloway, a life-long Griquas fan, was 9 years old when his side last won the Currie Cup in 1970. </p><p>"I was too young, and I don't remember as much as I'd like to about that day. So this means the world to me."</p>
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We have had two runnings of the national anthem and the match will get underway shortly.
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The Pumas have exciting outside backs capable of creating something from nothing and it will take some effort to keep Devon Williams, Tapiwa Mafura, Sebastián de Klerk and Jade Stighling out of the game.
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The decision to swap Zander du Plessis and George Whitehead in the flyhalf and fullback roles has proven inspired and in a big match having two prolific kickers could prove a boon for Griquas.
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Griquas play their first Currie Cup final since 1970 while for the Pumas this is the first time they have contested the championship match in the world's oldest provincial rugby competition.
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Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Sebastián de Klerk, 12 Eddie Fouche, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Andre Fouche, 7 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Deon Slabbert, 3 IG Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corne Fourie. Replacements: 16 Llewellyn Classen, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Simon Raw, 19 Kwanda Dimaza, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Giovan Snyman, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Alwayno Visagie.
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Griquas: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Sango Xamlashe (captain), 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Zander du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Siba Qoma, 7 Hanru Sirgel, 6 Werner Gouws, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dube. Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Eddie Davids, 18 Andries Schutte, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Michael Amiras, 21 Johan Mulder, 22 Fiela Boshoff, 23 Chris Hollis, 24 Gustav du Rand, 25 Luyolo Dapula, 26 Raegan Oranje.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Currie Cup Premier Division final between Griquas and the Pumas from Windhoek Lager Park in KImberley.
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Good work on the kick of by the Pumas who force a shakey clearance and have a lineout just outside the Griquas 22.
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KICK OFF: GRIQUAS 0-0 PUMAS De Beer kicks off deep into the Griquas half.
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A grasscutter tackle is penalised and it looks like the Pumas have called for the kicking tee.
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE, 0-3: Fouche puts the Pumas on the board.
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The restart is deep and gathered by Engelbrecht but after a second attempt to carry forward, the Pumas give away a penalty at the breakdown.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD, 3-3: Whitehead slots his kick and parity is restored.
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A better clearance and a lineout penalty ensure that Griquas can shift play back into the Pumas half and Whitehead kicks a stunner into the corner.
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The Pumas run it out from their own in-goal area and make it out of their 22 before knocking on and surrendering the ball back to Griquas.
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Fouche kicks long after another turnover but not even Mafura can haul the kick in before it rolls dead and they come back to ten metres inside the Pumas half for a scrum.
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Griquas have the Pumas hemmed in and this time they go for safety as De Beer slams a kick into touch ten from halfway.
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The Pumas launch a counter after a big hit dislodges the ball but a high tackle by the visitors allows Griquas to clear their lines from a penalty.
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Another kick rolls dead and the crowd go into a lull with neither side really looking like cracking the game open although the Pumas have shown enterprise and Griquas have generally kicked well.
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Griquas are driven back into their 22 as a little chip kick rolls into touch.
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Despite a sloppy lineout, Whitehead is eventually able to scramble it into touch but doesn't get a lot of distance and the lineout will be just outside their 22.
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The scrum goes down and has to be reset despite the ball coming out.
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Griquas get a let-off as the Pumas throw in skew as they attempt a set move off the lineout.
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Griquas milk the penalty and will get a free exit and the lineout feed.
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Griquas win another penalty and their skipper points to the uprights.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD, 6-3: Whitehead puts Griquas into the lead.
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Ungerer kicks well to send the Pumas back to halfway after the restart.
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TRY, PUMAS, WILLIAMS, 6-8: Williams score sensationally after a skip pass sets him away.
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The TMO will have to check a pass but it looks like Williams is in at the corner after a lightning quick attack.
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CONVERSION, PUMAS, FOUCHE, 6-10: Fouche adds the two and that could force a change of approach for Griquas.
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Obi gets away from one but ultimately the attack breaks down and Griquas come back for a penalty.
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Pretorius knocks on at the lineout and the Griquas waste an opportunity.
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Griquas reject a shot at goal and set up a lineout 12 metres out.
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A huge clearance from De Beer isn't into touch and Griquas run it back and can attack from just inside the Pumas half with advantage.
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The attack breaks down and play will be brought back for a penalty and this time Whitehead wants the tee.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD, 9-10: Whitehead nudges a flat kick through the uprights.
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Ungerer kicks but straight down the middle of the park and Fouche drills a grubber into touch on Griquas' 22.
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Whitehead looks for distance with his clearance but he doesn't find touch and the Pumas cut them open on the kick return until De Klerk is stopped in the 22.
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The Pumas grind forward and win a penalty straight in front.
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Whitehead puts his restart straight into touch and the Pumas have a centre spot scrum.
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE, 9-13: Fouche restores a four-point buffer.
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A scrumtime penalty allows De Beer to slam a kick down into the Griquas 22 and that is where they want to play the game.
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The Pumas jumper is taken out but they reject the shot at goal and put it out in the corner.
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TRY, PUMAS, SWART, 9-18: The Pumas maul gets rolling and Swart bursts away to score a try that will give the Pumas a handy half time lead.
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HALF TIME: GRIQUAS 9-18 PUMAS Fouche misses the conversion but the Pumas still have a nine point lead at the break.
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Whitehead restarts and de Beer clears but not into touch and Griquas run it back.
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The Pumas edge a kicking battle before Griquas kick again aimlessly.
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Griquas need to make the most of this moment which could see the momentum shift.
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This could be a sensational try from Williams but the TMO will have some work to do to provide confirmation with a pass to check and the touchline in play. The TMO spots a forward pass and the try is chalked off.
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Sloppy backline work from Griquas sees a pass go clearly forward as they try a worked move but succeed only in getting in each other's way.
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By contrast the Pumas show silky skills as they attack with advantage. But they have to come back after a chip kick doesn't come off.
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE, 9-21: Fouche slots a kick from straight in front to stretch his side's advantage.
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The Pumas are penalised after the restart and they call for the tee but the penalty is reversed for foul play.
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TRY, PUMAS, ENGELBRECHT, 9-26: Engelbrecht rounds off a great piece of play from the Pumas, featuring slick hands and great offloads and the skipper deserves that.
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The Pumas maul up towards the Griquas 22 before being stopped but they still have the ball.
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Fouche's conversion is missed but this game is getting away from Griquas.
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The referee lectures the front rows after a problematic scrum has to be reset.
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Griquas have an attacking scrum but must be feeling the heat as the Pumas have a three-score lead as we approach the hour.
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Griquas win a scrum time penalty and Whitehead nudges it into the corner to set up the lineout.
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The Pumas defend manfully stopping the Griquas maul and holding on as the hosts attack again and again.
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Griquas swing it wide as they attack with advantage but Williams intercepts and it has to be brought back.
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Griquas tap and go but the Pumas get over the ball and win a huge penalty that could just demoralise Griquas beyond repair.
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Griquas tap and go but the Pumas get over the ball and win a huge penalty that could just demoralise Griquas beyond repair.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, HARTZENBURG, 14-26: The Pumas fluff a lineout and a quick tapped free kick sees Hartzenburg set away into teh corner.
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, 16-26: Whitehead converts and the crowd are up.
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Griquas have to dot dead after a charge down and the TMO has to adjudged whether it was carried back or not. The Pumas get the attacking scrum.
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The Pumas attack with patience content to run down the clock while they are in the red zone.
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De Klerk is driven over the line but held up and Griquas have a goal-line dropout.
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Griquas get a reliving penalty and can move the game back where they need it to be in the Pumas half.
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Griquas struggle to get beyond the ten in possession but they keep coming.
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Griquas have to run it back from deep and they do well to get up towards halfway before its brought back for a penalty which they use to take the game into the Pumas half.
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Griquas are looking for a score to set up a grandstand finish to this Currie Cup final and their maul rumbles towards the Pumas 22.
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The Pumas win a scrum as they drive Griquas back and the ball is stuck as the bottom of a ruck.
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Unbelievably Griquas cough up the ball again as they throw in skew at the lineout and that takes the air out of the stadium.
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Griquas set up an attacking lineout with the penalty stemming from the TMO action.
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The TMO is having a look at potential foul play with Fouche clearing out with a hand in the face of a Griquas player.
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Griquas keep coming but the Pumas are aggressive in defence and they win a penalty that might be enough to secure the Currie Cup.
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The Pumas have an attacking lineout and can just about close out this game with another score here. However, they lose it forward. The Pumas lose out but they are deep in the Griquas 22.
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Griquas scrum for the penalty and get it and now need to get on with the game which sees them miss touch with the kick.
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Griquas have a penalty but they need to act quickly.
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Griquas have another penalty and again Whitehead will try for goal.
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Whitehead missed the kick at goal and that could bring and end to their hopes of victory.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD, 19-26: Whitehead slots and we will have our big finish.
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FULL TIME: GRIQUAS, 19-26 PUMAS The Pumas have done it, they win the Currie Cup for the first time.
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The Pumas win the penalty and its all over.
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Griquas are running it out from deep.
Griquas
Pumas
1
Tries
3
57' Hartzenberg M...
22' Williams Devon
38' Swart Eduan
49' Engelbrecht W...
1
Conversions
1
58' Whitehead George
23' Fouche Eddie
4
Penalties
3
4' Whitehead George
21' Whitehead George
31' Whitehead George
78' Whitehead George
3' Fouche Eddie
34' Fouche Eddie
46' Fouche Eddie
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Dube Kudzwai
Uys Janco
Botha Janu
Lindsay Cameron
Pretorius Derik
Gouws Werner
Sirgel Hanru
Qoma Sibabalo
Ungerer Stefan
du Plessis Alex-Z...
Obi Luther
Jonker Rynhardt
Xamlashe Sango
Hartzenberg Munier
Whitehead George
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Fourie Corne
Swart Eduan
Prinsloo IG
Slabbert Deon
Kirkwood Shane
Maartens Daniel
Engelbrecht Willie
Fouche Andre
Hinkley Aaron
de Beer Tinus
Stighling Jade
Fouche Eddie
Sebastian De Klerk
Mafura Tapiwa
Williams Devon
8
Reserves
8
Retief Johan
Hollis Christopher
Westraadt Simon
Boshoff Theo
Schutte Andries
Mulder Johan
Amiras Michael
Davids Edward
19
23
16
22
18
21
20
17
Mgijima Ali
Dimaza Kwanda
Maritz Dewald
Kleinhans Francois
Snyman Giovanne
Visagie Alwayno
Classen Llewelyn
Raw Simon