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Gouws boots Griquas to victory over Pumas





Griquas full back Gouws Prinsloo kicked eight penalties to help his team secure a 31-27 Currie Cup victory over the Pumas on Saturday.

The victory is the Pumas second Currie Cup victory of the 2014 season.

Prinsloo put the Sharks to the sword with his accurate kicking last week in Durban and produced a stellar kicking performance at GWK Park in Kimberley to give his side a much needed victory.

Griquas started well, with Prinsloo giving his side an early lead via a penalty in the third minute. What ensued after that was a hard, physical match where neither team gave an inch.

Prinsloo was again called into action in the 21st minute and kicked another solid penalty to give Griquas a hard fought lead of just six points. He repeated the feat just three minutes later to give the Kimberley based side a nine point lead.

It took them almost an half an hour, but the Pumas finally got on the score board when fly half Justin van Staden succeeded with a penalty with ten minutes left in the first half. A minute later Van Staden reduced Griquas lead to three points as it became evident that the result would depend on who would be the better kicker on the day.

Prinsloo and Van Staden exchanged penalties once again before Pumas scrum half Reynier van Rooyen burst through for the first try of the afternoon.

Van Staden could not convert, but it gave the Pumas the lead for a short while. On the stroke of half time, Griquas winger PJ Vermeulen broke the tackle and dotted down with Prinsloo converting to give the hosts a half time lead of 19-11.

Prinsloo started the second half with his fifth penalty kick of the afternoon after which he and Van Staden continued to trade penalties. Prinsloo thereafter kicked his seventh penalty of the day to give the Griquas a solid lead.

The Pumas kept on fighting and center JW Jonker hit back with his five pointer, which Van Staden converted to bring the visitors back within seven points. He narrowed the gap even more when he kicked another penalty, echoed by Prinsloo minutes later to give Griquas some breathing space.

Six minutes from full time, replacement fly half JC Roos kicked a penalty to bring the Pumas within four points, but Griquas defence held out the last couple of minutes to secure only their second victory of the competition.

Final Score Griquas 31 (19) Griquas 31 (19)


Try: PJ Vermeulen
Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo
Penalties: Gouws Prinsloo (8).

Tries: Reynier van Rooyen, JW Jonker
Conversion: Justin van Staden
Penalties: Van Staden (4), JC Roos



15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Francois Brummer (c), 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts.

Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Maks van Dyk, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 RJ Liebenberg, 21 Abrie Griesel, 22 Dean Grant.


15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Corne Steenkamp (c), 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Corne Fourie.

Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Sinovuyo Nyoka, 21 JC Roos, 22 JW Bell.

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