Nelspruit - The Pumas opened the 2015 Vodacom Cup with an
emphatic 57-18 win over the Griffons in the Mbombela Stadium on Friday
evening, the supersport.com website reports.
The hosts ran in no less than eight tries on the day, with
flanker Brian Shabangu bagging two five pointers for the Pumas and flyhalf Juan
Claude Roos contributing an impressive 20 points in his side's victory.
The Pumas started the first half at ferocious pace after
quick penalties by Roos and Griffons flyhalf Louis Strydom predicted a high
scoring affair. The hosts dominance upfront soon paid dividends as winger
Bernardo Botha rounded off as early as the ninth minute and Roos converted to
give the Pumas a solid lead.
What followed for the remainder of the half was a dominant
performance by the hosts, with centres Wilmaure Louw and Stefan Watermeyer, as
well as Roos himself and flanker Shabangu crossing the whitewash. Roos
converted all but one of those tries, with Strydom adding another penalty in
what would be the Griffons only points in the first half.
The Pumas took their foot of the gas in the second half and
the Griffons got one back via the centre Vuyo Mboto, but Strydom couldn't
convert. The Pumas hit back with Shabangu scoring his second of the evening and
Roos converting soon thereafter. Winger Marcello Sampson and flanker Marnus
Schoeman also broke through the Griffons defence, with Roos and replacement
Justin van Staden adding the extras.
The visitors attacked even though they were well and truly
beat, with flanker Johan van der Hoogt scoring a soft try on the final hooter
and fullback Wynand Pienaar converting.
Tries: Bernardo Botha, Wilmaure Louw, Stefan Watermeyer, Juan
Claude Roos, Brian Shabangu (2), Marchello Sampson, Marnus Schoeman.
Conversion: Juan Claude Roos (6), Justin van Staden
Penalty: Juan Claude Roos
Tries: Vuyo Mboto, Johan van der Hoogt
Conversion: Wynand Pienaar
Penalties: Louis Strydom (2)