Pumas tame Sharks
Gerdie Karstens
June 18, 2016

The Steval Pumas remain third on the overall points log of the new provincial tournament after convincingly beating the Cell C Sharks XV 35-13 (halftime 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 eighth man Carel Greeff, was more than enough to clinch the game against a lacklustre Sharks outfit that has struggled to maintain the success of it’s Vodacom Super Rugby counterpart.

Two penalties by Sharks fly half 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 fly half and kicking ace Justin van Staden converted with ease. What followed was some exciting rugby as eighth man Greeff put his stamp on the game, scoring converted tries in both the 14th and 28th minutes of the game.

With the halftime score 21-6 in favour of a visibly stronger visiting side, the Sharks had few answers in the second stanza. Winger 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. Flanker 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 fulltime to send the Sharks side packing back to Durban with their tail fins between their legs.


Steval Pumas 35 (21): Tries: Carel Greeff (2), Hoffman Maritz, Jacques Kotze, Lambert Groenewald. Conversions: Justin van Staden (5).

Cell C Sharks XV 13 (6): Nkululeko Marwana. Conversion: Tristan Tedder. Penalties: Tristan Tedder (2).

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