The Pumas bounced again from their huge defeat in opposition to the Cheetahs final week to assert an important 27-21 win in opposition to the Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
It was a second consecutive defeat for the Griquas, who once more ran out of fuel after they wanted to step up.
The Pumas took a deserved 17-11 half-time lead, which might have been extra if the Griquas didn’t steal a late first half attempt by Victor Sekekete.
The hosts took an early lead via a George Whitehead penalty and thru their full of life scrumhalf Zak Burger, requested loads of questions.
The Pumas although, had been organised defensively and weren’t breached till the top of the primary half. Eddie Fouche’s defensive organisation from flyhalf had loads to do with this, however Devon Williams at fullback made certain the Pumas performed rugby in the appropriate areas of the sector.
And when the performed in the appropriate areas, they got here again with factors within the type of two tries via scrumhalf Ginter Smuts and proper wing Neil Maritz.
Smuts wormed his approach over from shut ranged within the 20th minute after a fast faucet penalty whereas Maritz’s lengthy vary effort that exploited an overlap within the 37th minute gave the Pumas a 17-6 lead.
Whitehead had added a 24th minute penalty, however Sekekete’s attempt from a rumbustious rolling maul lower the deficit to 6 factors.
Fouche’s (12 factors) accuracy with the boot began to grow to be the distinction has he didn’t miss any kicks as in comparison with Whitehead’s (eight factors) earlier missed penalty and conversion.
These missed factors proved essential when substitute lock Adre Smith crossed over from a rolling maul on the hour mark.
The conversion narrowed the hole to 20-18, however the Griquas, who dominated the scrums, however horrible within the line-outs, weren’t in a position to press dwelling the benefit.
When the Pumas acquired into the Griquas half, they appeared harmful and when Williams was on the top of two glorious offloads from Fouche and substitute loose-forward Phumzile Maqondwana within the 71st minute, the Pumas held a nine-point lead.
What let the Pumas down was their sloppy work on the breakdown the place they had been unable to at all times press dwelling their line-out benefits.
Whitehead narrowed the hole to 6 factors with a 74th minute penalty, however they’d an excessive amount of to do. The 78th minute scrum the Pumas received summed up the sensible, but bodily method through which they received the sport.