{
    "title": "Winning Pumas drop straight from the training ground",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/7\/Marko-Janse-van-Rensburg-170723-Celebrates-G-1050.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Perhaps in keeping with their unbeaten record in the competition suggesting they had an answer for anything the opposition could throw at them, the iCollege Pumas said they had worked at the last-gasp drop-goal that won them the SuperSport Rugby Challenge final on Sunday.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nThe Pumas, whose 32-30 win meant they had won all 11 of their games in the tournament, had got themselves in a hole in the match at the Bridgton Sports Ground in Oudtshoorn, having swapped a 22-10 lead over the Tafel Lager Griquas for a 30-29 deficit with a minute remaining.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nBut replacement fullback Justin van Staden nailed one of the uglier drop-goals in recent memory to win it with the hooter gone to seal the unbeaten season and consign Griquas to the recurring nightmare of a lost successive final \u2013 to an unbeaten opponent, nogal.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nIn the giddy aftermath of tense climax to the SuperSport Rugby Challenge season, Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg and man-of-the-hour Van Staden said they had been working hard at their dropped goals during the play-offs.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\u201cWe trained that drop-goal play the last three weeks knowing that we might have to resort to something like that and they pulled it off to the tee, I\u2019m just incredibly proud of them,\u201d said Janse van Rensburg.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nVan Staden, a 28-year-old former utility back (he also deputises as a flyhalf) in the Vodacom Bulls\u2019 junior structures, revealed that he had actually missed when they were simulating the fever pitch scenario of needing a dropped goal to win.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was before the semi, I took a longer one, which was a good strike, but I missed,\u201d he remembered after nailing what can only be elegantly described as a woer-woer drop. \u201cThis one wasn\u2019t a good strike but it was over.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cWe always put ourselves in that situation from before the quarterfinals. We had drop situations and like I said I actually missed one when I took mine in training. But we had those scenarios where we put ourselves in that situation and we succeeded.\u201d\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nSnatching victory from what could have been the embers of defeat was a massive save for Van Staden, who had played a few false notes in the build-up to his moment to conquer.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen I got my first touch of the ball we had an opportunity and I tried a chip kick which came off the middle of my foot and went over the in-goal area,\u201d he said. \u201cThey got a scrum penalty on the halfway line, scored three points and suddenly we were eight points behind. I thought I\u2019d buggered it up.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cBut we just kept cool and calm and when we scored that (converted Morne Joubert) try I could feel the guys were really motivated and we just had to get in their half and keep the ball. I think our mindset was brilliant \u2013 it was the mindset of champions.\u201d\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nAnd speaking of the mentality of champions, Van Staden said having to make the winning play had given him a clearer understanding of the phrase squeaky bum time: \u201cIt was really stressful but obviously I was cool and calm at that moment. I knew that this was it, a hero or zero situation...\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\u201cYou couldn\u2019t hope for another way to win a final, I don\u2019t think the people out here could have asked for a better final.\u201d<\/p>",
    "blurb": "The iCollege Pumas said they had worked at the last-gasp drop-goal that won them the SuperSport Rugby Challenge final on Sunday.",
    "date": "2018-07-16T12:56:14",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Pumas \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "SuperSport Rugby Challenge",
    "videos": []
}