KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 27: Michal Haznar of Griquas trying to go through the gap during the SA Rugby Preparation Series match between Griquas and Pumas (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
Griquas have beaten the Pumas 23-22 in an ill-disciplined clash in Kimberley on Saturday.
While they had much of the possession and spent long periods in the Pumas’ half thanks to a strong wind at their backs, it took 26 minutes for Griquas to open the scoring through a Tinus de Beer penalty.
Griquas winger Daniel Kasende scored the first try of the match after the Pumas couldn’t deal with an up and under.
Kasende collected a hack ahead by Cameron Lindsay to touchdown in the right-hand corner.
De Beer couldn’t add the extra points but the home side now led 8-0 in the 36th minute.
De Beer then added another penalty just before half-time to give Griquas an 11-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw the Pumas with the advantage of the wind and they finally got on the scoreboard after winger Etienne Taljaardt collected a kick-ahead from Eddie Fouche for an unconverted try to make the score 11-5 in the 42nd minute.
Shortly after the Pumas took an 11-12 lead thanks to a converted try by hooker Simon Westraadt.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side as the Pumas were awarded a penalty try in the 56th minute to push their lead out to 11-19.
Griquas cut the Pumas lead to 14-19 in the 60th minute thanks to a De Beer penalty.
Another De Beer penalty in the 64th minute saw the home side move to within two points of the Pumas at 17-19.
With the ill-discipline of both teams a constant theme throughout the match, Fouche then extended the Pumas lead just two minutes later, pushing out the score to 17-22 with 14 minutes left on the clock.
Another De Beer penalty made it 20-22 but the Pumas still held a crucial two point lead going into the final 10 minutes.
With just two minutes on the clock, the Pumas were pinged in their half and a De Beer penalty moved Griquas into a 23-22 lead.
But it wasn’t over yet as a huge Pumas scrum just before the hooter resulted in a penalty and a chance for Fouche to clinch victory for the visitors.
The Pumas flyhalf saw his attempt go wide of the right-hand upright as Griquas came away victorious.
Tries: Etienne Taljaardt, Simon Westraadt, Penalty Try
Conversions: Eddie Fouche
Penalties: Eddie Fouche
Tries: Daniel Kasende
Penalties: Tinus de Beer (6)