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Pumas edge past Boland Kavaliers in Currie Cup

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The Pumas overturned an eight-point deficit on their way to a narrow win over the Boland Kavaliers at Boland Park in Worcester on Friday.

The Pumas, who trailed 18-10 after 34 minutes, finally made sure of their victory when fullback JC Roos kicked a 77th minute penalty to break the hearts of the home supporters.

The Kavaliers scored four tries to three but they ran into the in-form Roos who scored 21 points courtesy of five penalties and three conversions in an entertaining contest which saw the lead change hands five times.

As the see-saw match entered the final quarter a Roos penalty saw the Pumas regain the lead as their pack of forwards started gaining the upper-hand in the tight exchanges.

The Pumas seemed to make sure of the victory with 11 minutes left in the half when scrumhalf Shaun Venter broke on the Kavaliers’ 22-metre line and he stepped past one defender before handing off another on his way to a superb individual try.

But the Kavaliers came back once again with a Jacquin Jansen penalty before a wonderful try from replacement wing Senan van der Merwe, who galloped all off 60 metres down the left-hand touchline, levelled the scores with six minutes left in the match.

Jansen failed with the difficult conversion attempt allowing Roos to have the final say in the nailbiting match.

Final Score Boland Kavaliers (18) 33 Pumas (13) 36

Scorers

Kavaliers
Tries: Zandre Jordaan Senan van der Merwe, Eric Zana, Brendon April
Conversions: Jacquin Jansen (2)
Penalties: Jansen (3).

Pumas
Tries: Uzair Cassiem, Shaun Venter, MJ Mentz
Conversions: JC Roos (3)
Penalties: Roos (5).

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