Pukke claim first win
9 Feb 2009
Pukke managed to register their first win of the 2009 Varsity Cup with a 27-15 win over Shimlas in Bloemfontein.
Pukke were in complete control in the first half, but let the home side back in to the match in the second half when Shimlas scored three tries. However, Pukke were able to dig deep and hold out for a well deserved victory.
The students from the North-West dominated the opening exchanges as they set up camp deep in the Shimlas half and scored the first try of the game through winger Randall April who pounced on a loose pass by Shimlas. Scrumhalf Theuns Kotze added the extras and Pukke were out to a 7-0 lead in just the second minute of the game
Pukke, however, struggled to turn possession into try scoring opportunities. Kotze missed two penalty opportunities before Dewan Eckard slotted a nicely taken drop goal.
After a good period of sustained pressure Pukke finally got their second try of the game through centre Jacques de Kock. Kotza added the two points and Pukker lead 17-0 with the first half drawing to a close.
Kotze scored the first points of the second-half when Shimlas were penalised for playing the ball on the ground.
The home side finally got on the board in the 49th minute when winger Wouter Stieger showed a good step and some blistering pace to finish off a well worked try.
The Free State students scored their second try just three minutes later, this time through centre Cameron Jacobs. Once again, though, Neill Jacobs missed the conversion and Pukke still led by 10.
With twenty minutes some great continuity play saw replacement Willem Britz bag the Shimlas third try. Lionel Cronje then took over the kicking duties, but he could only manage to strike the right-hand upright.
Pukke eventually got back to the game plan of the first half and a great turn over was finished in style by Kotze who sold the Shimlas defenders with a beautiful dummy. The scrumhalf picked himself up and slotted the conversion to give his side a 27-15 win.
In the nights other results, defending champions Maties beat UJ 29-14 in Stellenbosch while Tuks maintained their 100% record with a 39-20 victory over NMMU.
Shimlas - Tries: Wouter Stieger, Cameron Jacobs, Willem Britz.
Pukke – Tries: Randall April, Jacques de Kock, Theuns Kotze. Conversions: Kotze (2). Penalties: Kotze. Drop goal: Dewan Eckard