Windhoek - The Steval Pumas racked up their second runaway victory of the 2015 Vodacom Cup series by beating the FNB Welwitschias 61-7 in Windhoek’s Hage Geingob Stadium.
Pumas coach MJ Mentz said he was happy to see his side achieve its mission of taking the full five league points – a target they had already reached by halftime when they led 33-0.
“We were not as clinical as we would have wanted and we left quite a number of tries unscored,” said Mentz, whose team also came away without any noticeable injury concerns.
The Pumas side captained by Eduan van der Walt scored nine tries – one more than the previous week in their home win over the Griffons.
For the Namibian part-timers it was also the second consecutive match they conceded a half-century after last week’s 53-3 loss against the Lions.
The Welwitschias managed to score their first try of the series when inside centre Jacques Nell went over in the 54th minute after a period of sustained pressure by the home side.
Although the Namibians were often in trouble at scrum time and lost a number of lineouts on their own throw-in, they still had significantly more possession than the week before against the Lions. With no established combinations however, most of the Namibian attacks were blunted by handling errors and poor options.
The penalty count was more even than last week, although Roderique Victor was shown a yellow card for “negative play” after 65 minutes – barely five minutes after being sent on as a replacement loose forward.
Strongly built Namibian scrumhalf Eneill Buitendag was named man of the match, having done some good work on defence especially.
Namibia coach Henry Kemp – who himself spent seven seasons at the Pumas in which he played 97 matches for the union as a hooker – named 20-year-old prop Quintin Esterhuizen to captain the side for the first time, following centre Darryl de la Harpe’s groin injury.
Kemp exposed some of his more experienced campaigners off the bench and will probably consider giving some of them a bigger role to play against the Griffons on March 27, following the Welwitschias’ bye weekend.
Tries: Jason Fraser, Heinrich Steyl (2), Rudi Mathee, Marcello Sampson (2), Ruwellyn Isbell, Wilmaure Louw, penalty try
Conversions: Justin van Staden (7), Jean Claud Roos
Try: Jacques Nell
Conversion by Shaun Kaizemi