Vodacom Cup

Pumas too strong for Griffons

2015-03-07 11:48
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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.

Scorers:

Pumas:

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

Griffons:

Tries: Vuyo Mboto, Johan van der Hoogt

Conversion: Wynand Pienaar

Penalties: Louis Strydom (2)

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