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Pumas smash SWD Eagles in Currie Cup first division

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The Pumas pulled away from the second quarter as they smashed the SWD Eagles at the Mbombela Stadium in the Currie Cup first division on Saturday.

The bonus-point win was vital for the Pumas as they try to prevent the EP Kings from getting too far away from them at the top of the log. The Kings temporarily stretched their lead to 13 points with their victory the previous evening over the Valke, but the Mpumalanga side ensured the gap returned to eight points at the end of the 10th of 14 rounds of league play.

If the match had been overseen by the police rather than referee Joey Salmans, the Pumas might have been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm as they steamrolled the Eagles, a dominant pack and their powerful runners in the backline running amok.

Flanker Jaco Bouwer scored a hat-trick of tries and wing Wilhelm Loock crossed twice in the space of four minutes either side of half-time.

Flyhalf JC Roos also kicked with tremendous composure and accuracy as he succeeded with all nine of his conversion attempts and replacement lock Christo le Roux kicked the 10th just for good measure.

Final Score Pumas (35) 70 SWD Eagles (6) 27

Scorers

Pumas
Tries: Wilhelm Loock (2), Uzair Cassiem, Nqubeko Zulu, JW Jonker, Jerome Pretorius, Jaco Bouwer (3), Ashwin Scott
Conversions: JC Roos (9), Christo Roos.

Eagles
Tries: Wayne Khan, Elric van Vuuren (2)
Conversions: Van Vuuren (3)
Penalties: Van Vuuren (2).

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