The Pumas utilised their home ground advantage in Witbank for the first time this season on Friday night when they shocked the SWD Eagles 36-22 in a first division Currie Cup game.
It was the Pumas’ first home win after two defeats in Witbank against the Bulldogs and Griffons.
This vital victory gives the Pumas a real chance to qualify for the play-offs.
The Eagles didn’t resemble the highly motivated outfit which beat the log leaders, the Leopards, in George last weekend, and it was clear that their morale was low after the sacking of coach Phill Pretorius a fortnight ago.
Two of the Eagles’ players signed contracts with the Pumas shortly before the kick-off in an act which showed the current atmosphere in the Eagles’ camp. Both centre Valentine van Wyk and winger Duwayne Smart will represent the Pumas next season.
The Pumas took full advantage of the situation and played total rugby, with both their wingers getting enough ball to show their pace.
Former SA Under 21 winger Gordon Pangetti was one of the stars and scored one of the four tries that earned them a bonus point.
It was by far the Pumas’ best showing in Witbank this year. They narrowly beat the Elephants 32-20 in the opening game in the competition and lost both the following games.
Final Score Pumas 36 SWD Eagles 22
Tries: Gordon Pangetti, Nicol Mostert, DJ Terblanche, John Noble.
Conversions: Rudi Vogt (2).
Penalties: Vogt (4).
Tries: Ashwin Scott (2), Jonathan Muller.
Conversions: Ambrose Barends (2).
Sapa – CurrieCupRugby.com