In the final round of matches in the Rugby Preparation Series, the Griquas recorded a narrow 23 – 22 win over the Pumas in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon.
The Griquas had to dig deep to win the scrappy affair having being down to 13 players at one stage of the match.
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At 11-0 down, the Pumas who had the beating of their Kimberly based hosts rallied with three unanswered tries, one of which was a penalty try to take the lead and loom set to continue their dominance over the Griquas.
When parity was restored, the home team scraped their way back into the game with the boot of Tinus de Beer coming to their aid with six converted penalties.
A minute left in the game saw them take the lead by just one point. That spurred the match on to a tight and exciting finish, with the Pumas taking a quick kick-off to attempt to snatch a victory at the last minute.