The Steval Pumas had to travel to George this week to play their second league game against the SWD Eagles in the Currie Cup qualifying round. It was a perfect sunny day for rugby which the Eagles used to give the Pumas their second loss of the season.

The Pumas Justin van Staden accurate kicking boot kept the score board rolling from as early as the seventh minute. An experienced Eagles Hansie Graaf had two early opportunity succeeding with only one.

Martin Du Toit made use of a turnover ball to score the first try for the home side.

Marnus Schoeman, the workhorse flanker of the Pumas returned the favour and scored the first Puma try of the season. Van Staden added the additional two point before Sampson showed off his brilliant speed and skill for his try late in the half.

He chased hard on a chip kick by Maritz and after retrieving it he kicked it again to catch it for a brilliant try in the corner. Van Staden missed the conversion, but within a minute secured another penalty for the half time score 21-8.

Fifteen into the second half the Eagles forwards drew blood with a ten-meter drive from a lineout. Graaf added the two points and a minute later they did it again to shrink the score to a one-point difference.

The Eagles forwards were n fire with Du Plessis scoring yet another try from a drive and by this time coach MJ Mentz used most of the impact players off the bench.

At the end the Eagles came back from 21-8 to win the game 25-21 and hand the Pumas the second loss this year leaving them without a win this far the season.


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