Province head down to Mbombela this weekend knowing that nothing other than five points will be good enough.

Should Alister Coetzee’s men achieve that goal, they could move within three points of the Sharks at the top of the Currie Cup log, leaving John Plumtree’s team vulnerable should they not manage to beat the Cheetahs on Saturday. The Pumas have been good value for money this season, particularly at home, though.

Will they make life as tough for Province as they did for the Sharks and (especially) the Blue Bulls? Province are taking no chances and have named a full strength lineup to face the minnows in Nelspruit.

**Ref**: Andrew Lees (Australia)

**ARs**: Stuart Berry, Stefan Breytenbach

**TMO**: JC Fortuin

**Venue**: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

**Kick-off**: 19.10

**Pumas: **15 Johan Jackson, 14 Conrad Marais, 13 Shaun Venter, 12 Ricardo Croy, 11 Allister Kettledas, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Hendrik van der Nest, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (captain), 5 Andries Kruger, 4 Eduan van der Walt, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ronnie Uys.

**Replacements: **16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Dawie Steyn, 18 De-Jay Terblanche, 19 Willem Serfontein, 20 Juan Visser, 21 Ashwin Scott, 22 Vainon Willis.

**Western Province: **15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (captain), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.

**Replacements: **16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Köster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.

Andrew Lees – Australia.

Am working tonight so will miss the game.

GO WP!

bring on the rugby!

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@KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 2) : are you trying to jinx them

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go Leopards!

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somewhat pinky here

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 6) : it was your avatar that gave me the idea

hey – Keegan Daniel is on the radio. Quite a funny oke.

Listen to it on http://www.ecr.co.za

Sharksworld gone pink…

Pumas 0 – 3 WP

Pumas 0 – 6 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

Pumas 0 – 11 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

Pumas 0 – 13 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 conversion from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

Pumas 3 – 13 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

Thanks pf. Good job

@robdylan (Comment 15) : Nothing better to do on a Friday night

Lets go WP

Can you take over on twitter, clay?

Pumas 3 – 18 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1try from JdV

Pumas 3 – 20 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

Pumas 3 – 20 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

Pumas 3 – 25 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

Pumas 3 – 27 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

conversion de Waal

HALF TIME

@pinkfish (Comment 23) : Dont forget De Jong

Second half

@Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 25) : my bad, I am cooking dinner watching the rugby and everything else…

Pumas 3 – 32 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

Pumas 3 – 34 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

Pumas 8 – 34 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

@robdylan (Comment 7) :

Pumas 10 – 34 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

Pumas getting tired

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 33) : Ronnie Uys looks like he is about to pass out.

@pinkfish (Comment 34) : they just can’t get out of their 22. how can you not kick out

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 35) : not playing intelligent rugby. very scrappy from both sides. WP handling is really letting them down. I don’t know how many tries they have butchered.

looks like kwasse struggling against leopards. better pull up their socks, my lifeline’s gone already…

Pumas 10 – 39 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

Pumas 10 – 41 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

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conversion de Waal

@pinkfish (Comment 27) : Doing a damned fine job

Well past my margin. just as I found the game on RSG Vermeulen knocked on near the poles

Griquas 22 – 20 Leopards

:pathetic:

@pinkfish (Comment 36) : you are as good as your opposition – doesn’t it go sth along these lines.

At least wp scored more (and again) than sharks in their second half against pumas.

Pumas 10 – 46 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

8 tries (both games) scored thus far, only 1 in my FL squad though

Pumas 10 – 48 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

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conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

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i gave up on my FL

i have griquas by 19

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 43) : certainly seems as if the saying is true for the griquas game

and western province by 10 – pumas have a lot of catching up to do

Griquas need to pull their fingers out – I have them on LMS

@pinkfish (Comment 46) : Please don’t do that

I see justin downey scored a try.

@pinkfish (Comment 51) : Me too

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 53) : another one?

About 9mins left in the Griquas game.

@pinkfish (Comment 55) : noop the old one – just trying to find some positives..

@Jarson (Comment 56) : still 22 – 20

LMS

Griquas 31

Western Province 9

Blue Bulls 4

Sharks 1

Pumas 1

Leopards 1

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 59) : how many of those 31 don’t have a lifeline?

@Jarson (Comment 54) : and 29 of the rest of us

it may yet turn into bloody friday

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 58) : Jip If they lose I’m going to go bonkers

@pinkfish (Comment 60) : at least one

@Jarson (Comment 62) :

from my updates it looks like the game is in the wrong part of the field

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 64) : I see that too

Griquas 29 – 20 Leopards

on a more positive note – i seem to be 8th but way behind talkative Klempie.

@Jarson (Comment 65) : you’re 11

@pinkfish (Comment 66) :

griquas TRYYYYYYY

@Jarson (Comment 68) : according to Supersport twitter

rian viljoen try converted. so BP for griquas

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 67) : Huh? Griquas won, and bonus point try was scored by my FL player, his and my 2nd

Pumas 10 – 53 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

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conversion van Aswegen

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so now we need Lions and BB to draw and Griquas could yet sneak into play-offs

I’m still alive

Pumas 10 – 55 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion van Aswegen

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conversion van Aswegen

@Jarson (Comment 72) : i dislike viljoen a bit – but won’t be too upset with him tonight

looks like just 2 LMS deaths tonight.

and one more try for WP : Paul Bosch

Pumas 10 – 60 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion van Aswegen

try Louw

conversion van Aswegen

try Bosch

I got a margin point on SB for the Griquas game

I’m way off with my WP margin though

Pumas 10 – 62 WP

2 penalties from de Waal

1 try from Engelbrecht

1 conversion from de Waal

1 penalty from Watts

1 try from JdV

conversion from de Waal

missed penalty Watts

try de Jongh

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion de Waal

try Watts

conversion Watts

try Louw

conversion de Waal

try Aplon

conversion van Aswegen

try Louw

conversion van Aswegen

try Bosch

conversion van Aswegen

WP getting the best points difference back

no margin points for me

chatta later

2 from 2 on SB including a margin point. Exactly the same as my ITM thus far

@rekinek (in pink) (Comment 84) : Nighty night

This puts our performance against the Pumas in perspective.