Cape Town - The Pumas and Free State Cheetahs played to a thrilling draw in their Currie Cup match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.
The scores ended 37-37 after the Cheetahs led 24-16 at half-time.
The Cheetahs scored five tries through wing Sergeal Petersen, No 8 De Wet
Kruger, flank Oupa Mohoje, centre Francois Venter and replacement Freddy Ngoza. Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn added three conversions and a penalty while replacement Niel Marais was also on target with a penalty.
The Pumas replied with four tries of their own by flank Jaco Bouwer, and replacement forwards De-Jay Terblanche, Marnus Schoeman and Rudi Mathee. Flyhalf Justin van Staden was successful with all four conversions and three penalties.
Both teams picked up three points - two for the draw and one for scoring four tries or more.
In next weekend's final round of action, the Pumas host the Blue Bulls in Nelspruit (Friday, October 9 at 18:00), while the Cheetahs welcome the Sharks to Bloemfontein (Saturday, October 10 at 16:05).
15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Jerome Pretorius,
13 Hoffmann Maritz, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosko Specman,
10 Justin van Staden, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair
Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent
Koch, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Francois du
Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Mathee, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20
Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Bernardo Botha
Free State Cheetahs