The MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation Ms Thandi Shongwe congratulates the Pumas on reaching their second Currie Cup final in succession. The Pumas won their Semi-final match against the Natal Sharks 26-20 on Saturday in Durban. The Pumas are the defending champions having won the Currie Cup in 2022 against the Griquas in Kimberly, Northern Cape, a historic win for the Mpumalanga side.

The MEC was all smiles when asked about the prospects of having a second Currie Cup Final win for the Province. “I would like to congratulate Coach Jimmy Stonehouse, the players and technical team for winning the semi-final and wish them the best of luck for the forthcoming Currie Cup final which will be played on the 24 June. We confident that none of these milestones could have been achieved without proper discipline and dedication.

We proud of the young men who have embodied the fighting spirit of the young people of our Province in the field of play. You carry the hopes of young rugby players who are going through the ranks in High Schools and in development all over the province. You are proof that through dedication and discipline, we can achieve our goals.

We are proud of the manner in which you have carried yourselves on and off the field and we hope that you will continue doing what you do best which is winning. We are confident that the duel against the Cheetahs will see one cat emerging and that will be the Pumas. All the best!” said a beaming MEC.

The Province will be behind the Pumas on Saturday 24 June 2023 at 16H00 as they face Freestate Cheetahs in what has been dubbed “The battle of the Cats” at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Issued by the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga