The Pumas and Griquas started the Currie Cup 2018 season in Nelspruit on Friday and it was the Pumas with the early ascendancy.
They used the ball well with multiple phases keeping the Griquas pinned down in their own half having to tackle for most of the first twenty minutes of the game.
It was the Pumas that got on the board first with a penalty.
The Griquas defence was impressive throughout this period but gave too many penalties away which kept the Pumas in their red zone.
The Pumas extend the lead with another penalty before they again put some phases together to get their first try of the match.
This gave them a handy 13-0 lead with Griquas totally out of the game.
Just as one thought that Griquas will have a long day at the office they came back with some great handling to get Koertzen over for their first try of the match.
It was if the try sparked the Griquas to come alive as they started to get more ball and space to challenge the Pumas defence.
The two teams went into the break with the Pumas leading 13-7.
The Pumas started the second half as they did the first and they quickly got the lead extended with a try early on.
The Pumas kept the pressure on and with an excellent scrum they force a penalty and extend their lead to 23-7 after 48 min.
The Pumas pressure was starting to get too much for the Griquas as they scored two quick tries to extend the lead to 35-7.
With the Pumas extending their lead to 42-7 the Griquas did come back with two tries which took their tally to 19.
The Pumas had to keep the Griquas off the line in the last few minute but got their bonus point win for the perfect start to the season.
Tries – Marnus Schoeman(63′) Neil Maritz(59′) Chris Smith(57′) Stefan Ungerer(43′) Hennie Skorbinski(30′)
Penalties – Chris Smith(49′) Chris Smith(23′) Chris Smith(11′)
Cons – Marnus Schoeman(64′) Chris Smith(58′) Chris Smith(44′) Chris Smith(30′)
Tries – Conway Pretorius(74′) Christiaan Meyer(72′) Adriaan Coertzen(33′)
Penalties – None
Cons – George Whitehead(74′) George Whitehead(33′)