Last Friday night, after almost two months of competition, the Currie Cup First Division (CCFD) came to an end when Jaguares hosted Griffons at their home away from home, the Fanie Du Toit Sports Ground in Potchefstroom.
As we indicated last week, it was clearly a case of the two best teams in the competition contesting the final – which is as it should be, always. And, as expected, it was a tough match with four yellow cards dished out – three of them to Jaguares players – but the result always seemed inevitable.
Tries from wing Thomas Cubellia and fullback Facundo Cordero to go with a penalty from flyhalf Domingo Miotti gave the home side a 17-6 lead at the break, with flyhalf Robbie Petzer kicking two penalties to keep the Griffons in the contest.
An evenly contested second half saw the Jaguares XV extend their lead on the hour mark thanks to a penalty try from a powerful scrum, putting them 24-6 up with just 20 minutes to go.
The Griffons tried to claw their way back by narrowing the deficit through a Cody Basson try but another penalty from Miotti assured the Jaguares of victory. For the South American team, the first part of their mission to South Africa has been accomplished: win the Currie Cup First Division.
The second part of that mission will be a visit to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga on Friday or Saturday this week to face Pumas in a promotion/relegation match. The winner of that contest will play in the Currie Cup Premier Division next year and few would bet against the Argentinians.