Woeful Sharks get run over by Pumas



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.

The scorers:

For the Pumas: Tries: Bothma, Van Staden, Watermeyer, Mtyanda

Cons: Van Staden, Roos 2

Pens: Van Staden 2

For the Sharks: Try: Marais

Con: Zeilinga

Cons: Zeilinga 5


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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. Some serious question to be ask from some so-called senior players and what a brilliant win from a Pumas side that run the Sharks of their feet on the night.

    Sharks did not have any answer on the Pumas attack and were at times very ordinary….

  2. I actually watched this online at an ungodly hour…

    I should not have…

    CC rugby is at such a low level these days I’d rather watch Australian club rugby… shock horror!

    Brain drain extreme… on the surface it seems it’s a battle of coaches with limited resources… and Stonehouse is a genius!!!

  3. Ag crap Bryce.

    This is the problem with Antipodeans. You’re being affected by their propaganda.

    The fact is that South African rugby is ugly.

    And it wins against pretty rugby.

    However on Stonehouse I agree.. Year in and year out he produces the goods with limited resources.

    His season so far has been fairy tale when playing in Nelspruit.

    I like it

    I llike iit a lot

    Imagine what he would be able to do with a more senior team… or the Boks….

  4. Was away today and actually just finish watching the CC games of Saturday…Bryce you can go eat your words we saw three quality games of rugga and as last night game, SA teams are getting better and better every week.

    Maybe I am wronmg but me enjoy this years CC, handling is getting better, players playing more attractive rugga’s and putting players in space is something that standout in todays games….

  5. @bryce_in_oz:

    Yet in the meantime the Aus National Rugby Champs has started in earnest and has been exceptional from a few teams with plenty of upsets…

    Melbourne rising has a power pack and lightning backline (pretty much the Rebels side)… they’re smashing the ‘favourites’ from the Sydney regions… as are Perth…

    Both these teams would smash the current Grigua’s/Kings and surprise a few other CC teams… they are extremely well rounded…

  6. @Jacques(Bunny):

    I agree. I am enjoying this year’s Currie Cup, also like the fact that no returning Boks will upset the applecart come play-off time. Would be fair reward to the guys who have played through most of the tournament.

    And here’s me holding thumbs that the Pumas make the play-offs. What a brilliant effort with a lot of lesser known players from Jimmy and his team.

  7. Bunny,
    When is the Stonehouse interview? Hope he knows this will weigh a lot with me as to who I nominate as next SA coach – No pressure Jimmy – don’t get the yips now
    It was going to be BVenter, but he’s either with Sharks or a columnist or..well anything but taking a mor active role with the Cheetahs, sounds like a busy guy….too busy for the #1 coach spot.
    So lets hear it Jimmy, who would you put in the 12/13 for this year’s RC, how would you fix the scrum, & anything else you want to add….

  8. @Bunny
    Hopefully he will have some takes on the weekend test!
    How he would do different & such + a preview as to how he would play vs the ABs