Eagles storm back to pip Pumas
April 15, 2016

The SWD Eagles overturned a 13-point halftime deficit to clinch a 25-21 (halftime 8-21) bonus-point victory over the Steval Pumas in their provincial tournament match at the NMMU Saasveld stadium in George on Friday.

Hooker Mark Pretorius dotted down twice in the second half as the Eagles fought back to record their second bonus-point win of the campaign. Flyhalf Hansie Graaff forgot his kicking boots at home as the pivot missed nine points through a missed penalty and three conversions.

Justin van Staden opened the scoring with a penalty after seven minutes with Graaff replying with a penalty of his own just three minutes later. The Pumas’ flyhalf then took his side back in front with a penalty midway through the first half after Graaff had missed a three-pointer.

Martin du Toit then handed the Eagles a two-point lead as the inside centre danced his way over for an unconverted try mid-way through the first half. But the Pumas hit back twice with tries from flanker Marnus Schoeman and left-wing Marcello Sampson before Van Staden brought the first stanza to a close with his third penalty of the afternoon.

With both sides tussling for territory in the second half, it was the home side that broke free when Pretorius rumbled over for a converted try after 52 minutes to reduce the deficit to six points. Flanker Christo du Plessis crashed over the line just four minutes later to turn the game into a one-point tussle as Graaff missed his conversion attempt.

Pretorius was on the mark again, dotting down for his second try of the match with 17 minutes left on the clock, but despite Graaff missing his third conversion attempt, the Eagles held on for their second win of the campaign while condemning the Pumas to their second consecutive bonus-point loss in as many starts.


SWD Eagles – Tries: Mark Pretorius (2), Martin du Toit, Christo du Plessis; Conversion: Hansie Graaff; Penalty: Graaff.

Steval Pumas – Tries: Marcello Sampson, Marnus Schoeman; Conversions: Justin van Staden; Penalties: Van Staden (3).

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