Currie Cup

Pumas crush Valke in Currie Cup

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The Pumas ran in 14 tries to comprehensively outclass the Valke 95-14 in a Currie Cup first division match in Kempton Park on Saturday.

The result ensured that the visitors stretched their unbeaten run in the competition to six matches and strengthened their position at the top of the log with 29 points.

Martin Sithole, Braam Pretorius, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Hannes Franklin and Allistair Kettledas all scored a brace of tries for the Pumas.

Valentine van Wyk, Hendrik van der Nest, MJ Mentz and Eduan van der Walt were the other players to add their names to the try-scoring sheet for the visitors.

Pumas winger Braam Pretorius converted 11 of the 14 tries scored by the visitors and also kicked a penalty to end the match with a personal haul of 35 points. The Valke managed to score two tries thanks to eighthman Reg Muller and scrumhalf Alvandre Maart.

Flyhalf Martin Thomsen converted both tries. The Mighty Elephants also recorded their fourth victory in the first division competition on Saturday by defeating the Griffons 29-16 in Port Elizabeth.

The hosts scored three tries to one and were full value for the win, which took them to third place on the log standings with 20 points from seven matches.

Winger Rocco Jansen scored a brace of tries with former Springbok centre De Wet Barry running in the Elephants’ third try of the match. Flyhalf Wesley Dunlop kicked four penalties and one conversion.

Former Springbok Sevens star Fabian Juries was the only Griffons player to cross the try line. Juries’ try was converted by veteran flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba who also kicked three penalties.

Meanwhile, the SWD Eagles ended the weekend in second position on the standings following their 14-13 win over the Border Bulldogs in George on Saturday. Each team managed to score only one try in the low scoring match.

Winger Norman Nelson scored the hosts’ only try of the game while lock Samora Fihlani crossed the try line for the visitors.

Scrumhalf Jandre Blom kicked three penalties for the Eagles while Border fullback Reinhard Gerber converted Fihlani’s try and also added two penalties.

The defeat for the Bulldogs ensured that they ended the weekend in fifth position on the log but are now 11 points behind the fourth-placed Griffons.

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