Newcastle - The Pumas remain third on the overall points log of the new Currie Cup qualifiers after convincingly beating the Sharks XV
35-13 (half-time 21-6) at Arbor Park in Newcastle on Saturday evening.
A dominating performance in the first half by the visitors, that
included a brace of tries by Pumas eighthman Carel Greeff, was more
than enough to clinch the game against a lacklustre Sharks outfit that
has struggled to maintain the success of its Super Rugby
Two penalties by Sharks flyhalf Tristan Tedder were the only say that
the hosts had in the first 40 minutes, with the Pumas simply dominating
on the attack and even running the ball from deep in their own half.
Centre and captain, Hoffman Maritz, opened the Pumas account as early as
the 11th minute with his try, which flyhalf and kicking ace Justin van
Staden converted with ease. What followed was some exciting rugby as
eighthman Greeff put his stamp on the game, scoring converted tries in
both the 14th and 28th minutes of the game.
With the half-time score 21-6 in favour of a visibly stronger visiting
side, the Sharks had few answers in the second stanza. Wing Nkululeko
Marwana scored his side’s only try in the 48th minute and Tedder
converted to reduce the deficit to eight points with little more than
half an hour of play left.
But it was to be the Sharks last points of the evening as a class Pumas
outfit just picked up where it left off in the first half. Flank
Lamber Groenewald’s converted try in the 69th minute meant a bonus point
for the visitors, while replacement prop Jacques Kotze scored his
side’s fifth five pointer of the evening two minutes from full-time to
send the Sharks side packing back to Durban with their tail fins between
Tries: Carel Greeff (2), Hoffman Maritz, Jacques Kotze, Lambert Groenewald
Conversions: Justin van Staden (5)
Try: Nkululeko Marwana
Conversion: Tristan Tedder
Penalties: Tedder (2)