Pumas buried in Brakpan

Despite a brave Pumas fightback in the second half, the Valke recorded a comfortable 64-41 victory.

The game was loose and characterised by some very poor defence from both teams, and many of the 13 tries scored were as a result of missed tackles.

After Valke captain Piet Krause scored the game’s opening try, the home side persisted with attacking the Pumas line. Referee Deon van Blommestein eventually chastised the vistors for their negative play, and duly sent flanker Corne Steenkamp to the sin bin.

The Valke then proceeded to score two tries in Steenkamp’s absence. Man-of-the-Match Riaan Hefer’s score was all too easy as he collected a stray Pumas pass right on the line, while eighth man Michael Vermaak’s powerful run resulted in a well-deserved five-pointer.

Two more were added by lock Nico Luus and winger Mpho Matsaung before the halftime whistle, giving the home side a comfortable 36-6 lead.

The second half began with another double by Luus and Jovan Bowles, which saw the Valke’s tally climb to 50 points. At this point, the Valke should have tightened up, but instead they allowed the visitors to score five tries, including two very soft scores by Pieter Benade right under the posts.

Fortunately for the home side, the gap was just too big to close. The Valke had the final say through prop Attie Pienaar, who dived over in the corner as the Bosman Stadium siren indicated an end to proceedings.

This loss makes it unlucky number thirteen for the hapless Pumas, and with a fixture against the Lions next week, they look likely to finish the domestic season without a single win.

Valke: Tries: Piet Krause, Riaan Hefer, Michael Vermaak, Nico Luus (2), Mpho Matsaung, Jovan Bowles (2), Attie Pienaar; Conversions: Louis Strydom (7), Riaan Viljoen; Penalty: Strydom.
Pumas: Tries: Darryl Coeries (2), Jacques Lombaard, Pieter Benade (2); Conversions: Jeandre Fourie (5); Penalties: Fourie (2)

By Jon Cardinelli