The Boland Kavaliers have surprised on Friday afternoon after beating the Pumas in Wellington 25-22 in a tight affair.
The Pumas did not help themselves with earning a red card in the 26th minute of the game and had to play the rest of the game with 14 men. The Pumas midfield player Fisher was red carded for using the elbow on Van Wyk after a tackle.
One must say that even with a man down the Pumas did not let go of the match and they were in it until the last minute if the match. The played well and put a brilliant performance together with the man down.
With the win Boland have moved up to sixth place above Western Province but Province have two games in hands. The Pumas have not find this season as happy one with four losses out of four games and sitting second last on the log at this stage.
For the Pumas it was once again their inspirational captain Renaldo Bothma who stood out in attack and on defense putting like always, his body on the line.
With a bit better day with the boot the Pumas could have had a different outcome as Brummer missed to easy kicks.
Boland captain Ryan Nel was forced off in the 11th minute after being hit by a dangerous tackle which caused a flurry. Boland were awarded a penalty and Namibian flyhalf Theuns Kotze got his sides’ first points.
The game never got away from either team and it was in the balance till the end of the game which made for a great contest to watch.
Pumas then scored in the dying minutes of the game through Kevin Luiters with some fantastic running skills but it was not enough to give his side the win.
Tries: Carelse, Adendorff, Louw
Cons: Kotze 2
Drop goal: Kotze
Yellow card: Adendorff
Tries: Herne, Bothma, Van Wyk, Luiters
Red card: Fisher
Man of the Match – Adriaan Carelse