The Steval Pumas didn’t just win against the Sharks on Friday night but they got a bonus point win and prevent the Sharks from getting any points from the game as they secure a 32-22 win in Nelspruit.
Jimmy Stonehouse men showed their attention from the start of the match with some brilliant handling and attack.
Stefan Watermeyer played some of his best rugby and got the nod at the end for the man of the match award as he was in many aspects the Pumas plan maker in the game. With a 18-9 lead into halftime one thought that their maybe an upset on the cards as the Sharks were struggling to get moment in the match with some ordinary play from some of their backline players.
There will be some serious questions ask on Monday from their backline who just never could get real momentum and could not straighten their lien on attack enough to break through the defence of the Pumas.
Zeilinga had a bad day at the office and were on the back foot most of the time and took some poor decisions at time. One know the talent of Zeilinga, but with a few poor performances the last couple of weeks will put questions in the player as well as the couches minds.
Both wings of the Sharks, Odwa Ndungane and Tonderai Chavhanga will want to forget this game as soon as possible. Chavhanga had a few changes but handling errors from the speedster let him down on the night.
Ndungane also had a terrible game and to make his night even worse was the questionable yellow card that was given against him for a so-called slap down. The referee referred the incident to the TMO and they both decided that the Ndungane deliberately slap down a ball which replays showed that as he went for the tackle his hand hit the ball in the process.
The Sharks forwards played some brilliant rugby at times and were the reason the Sharks shared some go forward ball in the match. Captain Lubabalo Mtembu was once again the standout player for the Sharks with Hoffman also pitching in for his first start in the Sharks number nine jumper.
The Pumas played an attractive brand of rugby and was rewarded with two first half tries for their effort. Once again Bothma was the go forward guy for the Pumas with his strong runs and defence. Van Staden kept on impressing for the Pumas and as last week scored a brilliant try for his team.
Jimmy Stonehouse was awarded the coach of the year in 2013 and must be close to be awarded the same accolade again this year.
With the four try bonus point win the Pumas have moved up to second place on the Currie Cup log but there are still some games to be played over the weekend which could see them slip down the log.
One thing is for sure, the Pumas is here to play some attractive rugby and will be hard to beat in Nelspruit this year in the Currie Cup.
For the Pumas: Tries: Bothma, Van Staden, Watermeyer, Mtyanda
Cons: Van Staden, Roos 2
Pens: Van Staden 2
For the Sharks: Try: Marais
Cons: Zeilinga 5