Steval Pumas shows heart in win
The Steval Pumas showed a lot of heart in beating the EP Kings 13-29 in Port Elizabeth on Friday. It was mostly thanks to the boot of Carl Bezuidenhout.
The Pumas started the game well and controlled it for just about the whole 80 minutes. Through the boot of Bezuidenhout they scored no less than 19 points. 4 Penalties, 2 conversions and a drop goal. The flyhalf also had a hand in their first try. Trompie Pretorius scored a brace. His second coming while the Pumas were down to 13 men.
The Kings didn’t look like they really had a clue of what was happening on the field. They struggled on both attack and defence. Allowing the Pumas to keep the scoreboard ticking as they gave away silly penalties. Wesley Dunlop did keep them in it as he scored all their points. He did however miss a couple of kicks at goal.
The Kings must have thought they could came back as the Pumas received 2 yellow cards in the last 20 minutes. Effectively being down to 13 men for about 5 minutes. The Kings should have had the advantage, but instead it was the Pumas that found the overlaps as they ran the ball down field. The end result Pretorius’ second try and the game out of reach.
The Kings can only blame themselves for a poor performance. And maybe the fact that most of their players are playing Super Rugby. The Pumas however can take a lot of positives from this game.
EP Kings – Try: Wesley Dunlop. Conversion: Dunlop. Penalties: Dunlop (2).
Steval Pumas – Tries: Trompie Pretorius (2). Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout (2). Penalties: Bezuidenhout (4). Drop goal: Bezuidenhout.
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