Pumas hammer Bulldogs
The Ford Pumas shrugged off their defeat to the EP Kings by beating Eastern Cape neighbours the Border Bulldogs 73-14 (halftime 33-7) in a Vodacom Cup match played at the Puma Stadium in Witbank on Friday night.
The Pumas travelled to Port Elizabeth last week and lost 23-8 but it was an altogether different affair on familiar turf on Friday as the home side scored 11 tries to two to notch their third win of the tournament.
For the poor Bulldogs, their morale-boosting 19-16 win over the Griffons in East London last week proved to be nothing more than a flash in the pan as, away from home, they looked in trouble right from the start.
In front of a small crowd of around 500, Pumas skipper Corne Steenkamp scored the first of his two tries as early as the sixth minute and from that moment on the five-pointers came at regular intervals, with Steenkamp joined by centre JW Jonker and replacement back Dewald Pretorius in bagging a brace.
Former Maties flyhalf Coenie van Wyk was not to be outdone, kicking nine conversions and scoring a try himself for a personal haul of 23 points.
For the Bulldogs, who never looked like threatening the home side for any length of time, fullback Thembani Mkokeli tried his heart out and was rewarded with two good tries, scored in the 21st and 59th minutes.
But that, apart from two successful conversions, proved to be the Bulldogs only scoring contribution of the night as the Pumas responded to each score with one of their own.
Pumas 73 – Tries: Corne Steenkamp (2), Deon Scholtz, Coenie van Wyk, JW Jonker (2), Brett Nel, Dewald Pretorius (2), Dewald Pieters, Christo le Roux. Conversions: Van Wyk (9).
Border XV 14 – Tries: Thembani Mkokeli (2). Conversions: Russel Jeacocks, Byron Schmidt.