Pumas pounce in Windhoek
Brendon Atwell
May 12, 2018

The iCollege Pumas ran riot in Windhoek, smashing the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 54-12 (halftime 33-12) in a Supersport Rugby Challenge match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the Namibian capital on Saturday.

The visitors ran in seven tries to record a bonus-point victory, along with a penalty try, while the home side’s flyhalf, Pieter Steenkamp, registered all of the Namibian side’s points through two tries and a conversion.

The bonus-point victory moves the men from Nelspruit into second place on the North section log with 14 points from three starts and maintains their unbeaten run in the competition this season.

The visitors raced into a 14-point lead within the first 10 minutes thanks to tries from flank Jeandre Rudolph and left wing Ruwellyn Isbell with flyhalf Justin van Staden converting both.

The home side reduced the deficit to seven points when Steenkamp darted through to score his first try, which he converted himself.

But the 14-point advantage was soon restored when lock Cameron Lindsay forced his way over midway through the first half.


The Pumas were full value for money in the opening half as inside centre Henko Marais burst through for the bonus-point score, which Van Staden converted to give the visitors a 21-point lead.

But Steenkamp registered his second try of the afternoon, looping around to score in the corner but was unable to convert giving the Pumas a 16-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Right wing JP Lewis rounded off the first period with a try for the Pumas in the corner, giving the Pumas a 21-point lead heading into the break as Van Staden missed the conversion attempt.

The second half was all one-way traffic as the visitors ran in a further two seven-pointers through replacement scrumhalf Abraham Griesel and replacement lock Hugo Kloppers.

With the Pumas leading 47-12 heading into the final quarter of the game, both sides made a host of changes which broke the flow of the match, but the Pumas were awarded a penalty try just before the final whistle after continuous infringements by the home side.

The Pumas, who trail the Xerox Golden Lions XV by two log points with a game in hand, will look to maintain their unbeaten run and pressure on the sides around them with a trip to Kempton Park next weekend to face the struggling Hino Valke as the Golden Lions host the Vodacom Blue Bulls XV.


Windhoek Draught Wlewitschias – Tries: Pieter Steenkamp (2); Conversion: Steenkamp.

iCollege Pumas – Tries: Jeandre Rudolph, Ruwellyn Isbell, Cameron Lindsay, Henko Marais, Jean-Paul Lewis, Abraham Griesel, Hugo Kloppers, Penalty Try; Conversions: Justin van Staden (6).

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