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Pumas secure impressive Boland Currie Cup win





A first-half hat-trick of Currie Cup tries to flanker Jaco Bouwer set up an impressive victory for the Pumas at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, as the men from Mpumalanga got their campaign back on track following their 32-23 first-round defeat away to the Leopards.

The Kavaliers would have wanted a positive start following their 25-20 home defeat to the EP Kings in Round 1, but they were stunned by the ferocity of the home team’s forwards, and in particular a driving maul which they used to telling effect to build up an insurmountable lead by the break.

The alarm bells began ringing for the Bolanders as early as the third minute when Bouwer crossed for his first try, with Pumas flyhalf Carl Bezuidenhout also going on for a try and kicking three conversions to open up a 23-point halftime lead.

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The visitors improved markedly in the second period, but home skipper JW Jonker made sure there would be no chance of a come-from-behind victory by scoring his side’s fifth try with 15 minutes remaining.
The Kavaliers’ only try came from replacement Jonathan Francke, but by that stage there was only ever going to be one winner in this one-sided contest.

Final Score Pumas 33 (26) Boland Kavaliers 10 (3)


Tries: Jaco Bouwer (3), Carl Bezuidenhout, JW Jonker
Conversions: Bezuidenhout (4).

Boland Kavaliers
Try: Jonathan Francke
Conversion: Elgar Watts
Penalty: Watts.

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