The Cell C Sharks got their second ABSA Currie Cup win under the belt when they beat the Steval Pumas 34-17 in Durban on Friday night.
The Sharks did not have a great first half with many opportunities being spoiled by handling errors or senseless kicking on attack. The Pumas had a great start and took the lead with a their first try after just four minutes into the game.
This try came from a kick which Cameron White failed to clear with Spies forcing himself over from a lineout.
The sharks were able to pick up two penalties through Fred Zeilinga to go into the break 7-6 behind.
In the second half the Sharks made the better start of the two teams and score a brilliant try through SP Marias going over and took the lead for the first time of the match. The Pumas stayed in touch with a penalty to get the score within three points at 13-10.
One almost felt that the yellow card of Marco Wentzel can be a game changer and the Pumas did retake the lead while he was off the field with a try from Bothma in the corner. With the Sharks back to fifteen men they immediately score from a lineout with Botes going over for his 52nd Currie Cup try. Shortly after that the Sharks put some daylight between them and the Pumas with a try from their captain Mtembu.
Mtembu was one of the players that really impressed and he can be a name that we will hear for a long time if he can keep this kind of play up.
The sharks were able to score their bonus point try through Hadebe from yet another driving maul.
Tries: SP Marais, Jacques Botes, Tera Mtembu, Monde Hadebe
Conversions: Fred Zeilinga, Patrick Lambie (3)
Penalties: Zeilinga (2)
Tries: Frikkie Spies, Renaldo Bothma
Conversions: Justin van Staden, JC Roos