As part of SuperSport’s efforts at taking the game back to its roots, round four of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge saw the Steval Pumas welcoming the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias at the uniquely family-managed Bill Jardine Stadium in Johannesburg.
The game started at a furious pace, quickly leading to Ryan Nell’s first try in a Steval Puma jersey after 5 minutes, 5-0.
Sustained pressure by the Steval Pumas saw long periods of play within the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias’s 25 before Frankie Herne rounded off a driving maul with a try. Marais pushed the conversion wide, 10-0.
The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias showed the World Cup credentials of some of their players as they forced their way back into the game, eventually resulting in a penalty, 10-3.
The Steval Pumas replied in the best possible way with an almost immediate, converted, Ruwellyn Isbell try, 17-3. Kobus Marais crossed the whitewash minutes later to take the score to 24-3.
In the meantime, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias received two yellow cards and were reduced to 13 men.
A quickly taken 34-minute penalty allowed JP Lewis to make a strong run. Carel Greeff would eventually score the converted try to take the half-time score to 31-3.
The Steval Pumas started the second half on the front foot, a sustained drive eventually leading to a Ruwellyn Isbell try to take the score to 36-03.
10 minutes later, Emile Temperman would score under the uprights to take the score to 43-3.
Despite some Windhoek Draught Welwitschias pressure, a quick turn-over would see Devon Williams showing his speed and scoring in the corner. The conversion is good, 50-3.
For all their endeavour, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias scored an unconverted try to take the score to 50-8.
Quick service from the base of the ruck would put Brian Shabangu over next to the posts, the conversion was good, 57-8.
The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias tried playing out of their own 25 but a turn-over would allow the Steval Pumas to score another 7 pointer to take the final score to 64-8.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said the team scored a couple of good tries.
“All round I am happy with the effort of the players. They wanted to play today, they gave of their best which for me is always the first box that I like to be seen ticked. But I think we did leave quite a number of tries out there on the field, it was difficult conditions though, out there it was quite slippery,” said Janse van Rensburg.
For Janse van Rensburg it is important that they take it one week at a time. “We really need to make sure that we play to our full potential every week and improve, to fight for every point on the field.”
Pumas: Try: Ryan Nell (1), Frankie Herne (1), Ruwellyn Isbell (2), Kobus Marais (1), Carel Greeff (1), Emile Temperman (1), Devon Williams (1), Brian Shabangu (1), Sias Ebersohn (1)
Conversion: Kobus Marais (3), Sias Ebersohn (4)
Welwitschias: Tries: Lesley Klim (1)
Penalty: Theuns Kotze (1)
Man of the Match: Brian Shabangu