The Lions got their season off to a winning note when they beat the Pumas 32-28 on Friday night.
The Pumas outscored the Lions with three tries to two but at the end their ill-discipline cost them. Tiaan Swanepoel missed only one of the nine attempts at the poles which made the difference at the end for the home side who had to work hard for the win.
The Pumas had the better of the Lions in the first half as they had no problem throwing the ball around in wet conditions. They build a nice lead but with the Lions ending the half stronger both teams went into the break with the scoreboard at 13-all.
Credit to the Lions who stood up in the defence in that first half. The Pumas showed some clever tactical play throughout the match .
The Lions came out stronger in the second half than the pumas with Swanepoel who put the host in the lead with the boot. One thing we know about the Pumas, is that they never gives up and they certainly did not on the night.
They got two tries in the second half, first form Le Roux who was at the end of a rolling maul and then Mgijima who put the Pumas in the lead again.
The Lions finished stronger and with the last few minutes belonging to the home side. Pelser got over for the Lions from a great scrum while Swanepoel kept adding to the scoreboard through his boot.
Lions 32 Tries: Morne van den Berg, MJ Pelser. Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (2). Penalty goals: Swanepoel (6)
New Nation Pumas 28 Tries: Simon Westraadt, AJ le Roux, Ali Mgijima. Conversions: Eddie Fouche, Ginter Smuts. Penalty goals: Fouche (3)