Welkom - A superb attacking performance from the Pumas saw the visitors smash the hapless Griffons 60-17 in their final Currie Cup Qualification match at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Saturday.
The match was a dead rubber after the Pumas had already sealed qualification to this years Currie Cup competition, while the Griffons had no chance of making it in, but despite that a cracking game was played none the less.
The Pumas ran in nine tries, with wings Tyler Fisher and JP Lewis contributing a brace each, while the Griffons managed two, however the Pumas were aided by Griffons hooker Kwezi Mkhafu picking up two yellow cards and a resulting red which saw them spend 23 minutes in total of the game with a man less.
The Griffons biggest problem in the match however proved to be their defence as they missed 35 tackles over the eighty minutes and that cost them dearly in the end.
The Pumas started the match all guns blazing as a swift early attacking move saw flyhalf Marlou van Niekerk over the try line in the first minute but after checking with the TMO no clear grounding was evident and the try not awarded.
The Pumas were then on the board in the sixth minute as their early dominance was rewarded with a penalty in front which fullback Justin van Staden slotted for a 3-0 lead.
The Griffons then hit back eight minutes later after working their way into the Pumas 22m, eighth man De Wet Kruger picked the ball up at a ruck and smashed his way over from close range with flyhalf George Whitehead's extras making it 7-3.
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