Pumas charge into final

The Pumas secured a spot in the Currie Cup first division final with a 31-18 victory over the EP Mighty Elephants.

The Elephants were still in the contest at half-time, trailing by six (16-10) at the break, and held on thereafter until two late tries, the first to Jacques Coetzee followed by a result-sealing score by De-Jay Terblanche, sent the Pumas into the final.

There they will host the South Western District Eagles, who eased to a 31-18 win against the Griffons at Outeniqua Park in George.

The Eagles played expansively from the outset and the Griffons ultimately couldn’t cope with their pace and physicality, even though the men from Welkom held the hosts to an 11-8 scoreline at half-time.

The Eagles showed a greater appreciation for a pragmatic approach in the second half, kicking far more often, and they capitalised on the territorial advantage they gained from this tactic. Flyhalf Ricardo Croy kicked two penalties to take them to a 17-8 lead after the break, before hooker Wayne Bennett powered over the tryline from close range.

The Griffons mounted a late rearguard with tries from Thabang Molefe and Gerrie Odendaal, but an intercept from Giant Mtyanda, ensured the Eagles’ path to the final.