Maties put Pukke to the sword

Two tries from Man of the Match Coenie van Wyk helped Maties to a well deserved 31-10 victory over title rivals Pukke in very warm Stellenbosch.

The hosts were the more composed of the two sides in possession and their defence kept the Pukke at bay for the majority of the game as they recorded their fourth win on the trot.

Maties came out of the starting blocks firing scoring the opening try of the game in just the first minute through WP U21 flyhalf Van Wyk. Donald Stevens added the extras and Maties were out to a 7-0 lead.

Pukke got their first points of the evening through the boot of Theuns Kotze, but just two minutes later Van Wyk grabbed his second try and Stevens slotted the conversion to give his side a 14-3 lead.

The game then became a bit of a scrappy affair as both sides pushed the referees patience at the break down and squandered possession through countless handling errors. Van Wyk popped over a cheeky drop goal late in the half to give his side a 17-3 half time lead.

Just 10 minutes into the second stanza and Maties extended their lead through winger MornĂ© Jooste and Stevens popped over the conversion, but just two minutes later referee Lourens van der Merwe’s patience had been pushed too far as he sent Maties No 8 Morne Hanekomto the bin for 10 minutes.

With the Hosts down to 14 men Pukke got themselves back into the game through a Dewan Eckard try. Kotza added the two points to make the scores 21-10 with 25 minutes to play.

However, that was as close to a come back as Pukke could muster and in the end Maties got the all important bonus point try after the hooter through their captain Jaco Nepgen and the impressive Stevens nailed the conversion to complete a flawless kicking performance and seal a 31-10 victory.

In the nights other results NMMU recorded their first win of the campaign beating fellow strugglers TUT 28-18 while UCT edged out Tuks 22-24 in a tense encounter.