“The Currie Cup has no place in a museum,” growls Jimmy Stonehouse.

“The Curry Cup has no place in a museum.” It was the roar of the victorious Pumas trainer Jimmy Stonehouse after his team completed a remarkable season, winning the first ever Curry Cup Title defeating the Griquas in the final on Saturday.

After the Griquas beat the Bulls in the semi-finals, losing coach Gert Smahl, who was suffering from a serious bout of sour grapes, said the competition in its current form should be sent to a museum.

However, after a brilliant finale in front of a sold-out crowd of around 13,000 passionate fans at Griqua Park in kimberleyit showed that the Curry Cup is alive and well, especially for the smaller unions that have made history by fighting in a landmark final.

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“I think we showed brilliant rugby. Discipline played against us again, the number of penalties was very high. But I think we scored a few tries, which is amazing for a final. At the beginning we said we were going to try it and at the end of the day it worked,” said Stonehouse.

“These teams playing in the final were the first part of history, the icing on the cake was just winning this game. I love Pumas and I’m glad we were able to win it.”

Nearly despondent Griquas captain Sango Xamlashe, who had the formidable task of taking the place of regular captain Neil Otto, who missed the final with a concussion, admitted that his team was only second-best that day.

“We always knew that today would be hard for us. I think Puma gave a lot of fire and I think we were only good in some parts of the game. Obviously most of us need to learn that this is our first Curry Cup final,” Xamlashe said.

“I don’t think we were the best team today, a big plus for Puma. I think they came out from the first minute and played until the last minute and really showed that they want this trophy.”

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The jubilant Pumas captain Willy Engelbrecht struggled to put into words exactly what the victory meant to him when he was interviewed on the edge of the field after the game, but calmed down in front of the team they received their medals from.

“Emotions have come out and I can (finally) lift this beautiful trophy. I have an amazing team and coaching staff behind me. I have the respect of the whole world for these guys behind me, and without them I could not have done any of this, ”said Engelbrecht.

“He (Stonehouse) was huge. This man gave me a second lifeline. He gave many people their second lifeline. If it wasn’t for him, a lot of those guys behind me wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t be playing rugby anymore.

“So I have a lot of respect for Coach Jimmy and I think all the guys behind me can agree with that.”