PumasMTN Golden LionsPumas (20) 28 / 42 (23) Golden Lions (Final Score)

The Pumas and MTN Golden Lions did battle in Super Rugby at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit at 19:10 SA Time.

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & CSN on TV in SA.




  • Penalties – Carl Bezuidenhout (3)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Stefan Watermeyer (1), Coenie van Wyk (1), Jerome Pretorius (1)
  • Conversions – Carl Bezuidenhout (2)


  • Penalties – Marnitz Boshoff (6)
  • Drop Goals – Marnitz Boshoff (1)
  • Tries – Anthony Volmink (1), Warren Whiteley (1), Warwick Tecklenburg (1)
  • Conversions – Marnitz Boshoff (3)


Pumas: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Bell, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Specman, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (Captain), 5 Eduan van der Walt, 4 Uzair Cassiem, 3 Ivann Espag, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Vincent Koch.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Momberg, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 DeJay Terblanche, 19 Marius Coetzer, 20 RW Kember, 21 Jerome Pretorius, 22 Dewald Pretorius.

Golden Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Van Zyl Botha, 18 JJ Breet, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.

Date: Friday 17 May
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19:10 SA Time (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge and Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee

121 Responses to Vodacom Cup Final: Pumas vs MTN Golden Lions – Live Game Article

  • 101

  • 102

    grootblousmile wrote:


    dan moet hulle hoop n klomp Kings spelers word beseer, dink nie hulle sal dit maak teen die Kings met die lot nie.

  • 103

    The fat lady is getting up…

  • 104

    102 @ superBul:
    Miskien speel die Lions nog teen die Stormers… hehehe

  • 105

    Pumas try… too little too late…

  • 106

    One thing the Lions did well many times is holding the ball up, well thats how this ref interpreted it

  • 107

    Lions 39 / 28 Pumas

  • 108

  • 109

    @ grootblousmile:
    oooh flok, dit sal hilarious wees, sien SS reken die ref was nogal deurmekaar in die Stormers game!

  • 110

    Droppie by Boshoff…. over

    Lions 42 / 28 Pumas

  • 111

    The long history of South African teams being done in by the incompetence and, let’s be honest, the one-eyed approach of Australasian match officials took another turn for the worse on Friday as the DHL Stormers were beaten 30-21 by the Rebels in a Vodacom Super Rugby match in Melbourne.

    Referee Mike Fraser made some poor calls throughout, as has become an expected habit in Super Rugby, and you could well ask when last a referee actually got something right.

    But he wasn’t helped by what can only be termed a diabolical decision by the TMO, one of countless that have gone the Rebels’ way in recent matches played on their home ground, and also not unlike the one that cost the Bulls in Brisbane before that.

    Hooker Martin Bezuidehout did hold back a Rebels player as the ball was toed through into the Stormers’ in-goal area, but before that there was a knock-on by the Rebels and there should have been a scrum to the Stormers.

    And the call by the TMO that “there was a probability that a try would have been scored” – well, if that was the case, then there are countless situations every week where a penalty try should be awarded.

  • 112

    Hooter goes…. game over.

  • 113

    Final Score: MTN Golden Lions 42 / 28 Steval Pumas

    The MTN Golden Lions are the Vodacom Cup champs!

  • 114

    3rd division goes to thheeeee LIONS


  • 115

    OK, goeie nag, slaap sag!

    See you in the morning!

  • 116

    @ grootblousmile:
    Hahaha ek dink nou daaraan die Stormers en die Kings het nog 2 games teen mekaar, kan maklik n shootout word vir die hout lepel

  • 117

    116 @ superBul:
    Neewat, ek dink die Kings se kak is gebook!

  • 118

    @ grootblousmile:
    ek gaan ook nou maar doedoe, maar die Kings moet die Stormers se grootste nagmerrie wees. Wie gaan eerste val in die SA Konferensie?

  • 119

    Well done Golden Lions on this win! Pity for the Pumas but good to note them playing at home ground in the final anyway, good one for the smaller unions.

  • 120

    Just a quick visit to comment on the game and thread.

    Couldn’t blog during the game due to visitors, but did watch.

    NOT WITH THE CAPTAIN Mr Webmonster, but with a little OBS to keep the cold away.

    The Captain came visiting once the “3rd Division” title was secured.

    All in all I thought it was an entertaining game of Football played at a million miles an hour in the first half, and as GBS said, it was refreshing to see the two sides throw the ball around a bit.

    Tough on the Pumas to lose in the final, but that is the nature of the beast.

    One has to (once again) take one’s hat off to Jimmy Stonehouse for the marvellous work he does with limited resources.

  • 121

    Lastly a comment or two about the Lions bashers.

    Firstly it’s quite quite disappointing to read some of the totally anti-Lions comments from some of the old stalwarts here who suddenly have changed their horns for spears. In these people(s) eyes’ nothing that the Lions do is seen in a positive light. The Lions can only play what is put in front of them, and if they were to suddenly beat the SA National side, I’m sure these detractors would still only have negative things to say.

    It makes me think of all the cretins that slag Ellis Park off as being a shit hole, but haven’t been there since the 1995 World Cup!

    Maybe those Lions bashers should consider moving their small businesses to PE. I hear the Eastern Cape has massive unemployment, so they could help the national economy, as well as be closer to their beloved Kings and their family of administrators / players that they all love and respect so much.

    Then just a word on a certain SuperSport commentator, who is directly involved with Eastern Cape Rugby.

    This man is also nothing more than a Lions basher with a soap box with which to shout from.

    I’ve never heard him have a decent thing to say about the Lions in any of the games that he has done commentary on.

    As a professional Rugby administrator in the EASTERN CAPE, one would expect him to use a little more decorum during his moonlighting stints on television. I guess you just can’t buy class!

    Maybe someone should buy him a copy of “How To Win Friends And Influence People” for Xmas!

    Don’t think it will help though, as my late Father in Law once said, “Once a fukc up, always a fukc up”.

    I also just can’t grasp why SuperSport continually use him for Lions games, he obviously doesn’t enjoy watching them. Maybe they have their own reasons.

    I’m the first person to criticise the Lions management and administration at the drop of a hat, so let me say that it was refreshing to hear the GLRU President PRAISING The Kings efforts in SR on 702 this week.

    Lastly, let me say to those who may think that I am totally against the Kings, nothing could be further from the truth.

    SARU were negligent in not making a plan to get 1st class Rugby to PE sooner, and basically had to “make a plan”.

    Unfortunately it was a typical “Heath Robinson” plan where there could be no winners, so once again Rugby lostout due to the incompetence of the “holders” of the sport in SA.

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