Currie Cup

Boland sneak past Pumas in Currie Cup

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The Boland Cavaliers desperately hung on to narrowly win the first of two promotion/relegation rugby matches against the Pumas by 36-35 at Wellington on Saturday.

Boland led 29-27 at halftime.

The Pumas did well to come so close in an away match and could benefit from their two bonus points on Friday in the second leg at Witbank.

Both sides scored five tries and the Pumas also got a points for being within seven points of the winners’ score.
 
Boland will now have to lift their game considerably if they want to retain their Currie Cup status.
 
They need a win.

The Pumas have themselves to blame for the defeat. On two occasions in the second half they had an excellent opportunity to convert penalties into points, but opted to kick for touch instead.

For Boland the young No 8 Zandré Jordaan was outstanding until he was injured early in the second half. For the Pumas scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee was always dangerous with ball in hand.

Pumas centre Hyron Thysse scored the first try of the match in the first minute after a well-judged grubber by flyhalf Tiaan Marx. Braam Pretorius succeeded with the conversion (7-0).

Boland levelled matters in the second minute when scrumhalf Marnus Hugo scored under the posts after Elgat Watts send centre Cornal Hendricks through a gap. Justin Peach converted (7-7).

In the sixth minute Pumas left wing Allister Kettledas intercepted to score under the posts for Pretorius to convert (14-7). Boland, who played with a slight breez, were awarded a penalty try in the 13th minute after referee Jonathan Kaplan ruled that three Pumas players came in from hte side to stop a Boland drive. Peach converted (14-14).

Pretorius took the visitors back into the lead with a penalty in the 17th minute (17-14). Boland took the lead for the first time in the 27th minute when No 8 Zandré Jordaan scored far out after a good individual effort (17-19).

Six minutes later the Pumas took the lead back with a fine try by nippy scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee (22-19), but Peach once again leveled matters a minute later with a long-range penalty (22-22).

Two minutes before halftime hard-working flanker Jaco Bouwer scored the visitors’ bonus point try (27-22), but in the 41st minute Jordaan scored his second try for the Cavaliers under the posts which Peach converted to make the halftime score 29-27 in Boland’s favour.

In the 58th minute Kettledas scored his second try after he collected a kick ahead for the Pumas’ fifth try (32-29).

In the 63rd minute Boland hooker Harry Vermaas was yellow-carded after which Pretorius landed another penalty for the Witbank side (35-29).

Then, in the 71st minute Boland left wing Wendal Wehr scored a good try after a fine run by Peach.

Peach converted from the touchline to give the Cavaliers the edge (35-36).

Final Score Boland Cavaliers 36 Pumas 35

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