Truimphant return for Pumas

2014-08-11 00:00

NELSPRUIT — The Pumas made a triumphant return to top-class domestic rugby with a determined 28-21 (half-time 15-16) victory over the Free State Cheetahs in their Currie Cup Premier Division match at the Mbom-bela Stadium on Saturday.

It took a controversial 66th-minute try by outside centre JW Jonker to seal the Pumas’ victory, after eighth-man Renaldo Bothma tapped a grubber from Stefan Water-meyer back infield even though his legs were on the touchline. Even though Bothma, who was a rampaging ball-carrier throughout, was clearly in touch, the laws state that “a player in touch may kick or knock the ball, but not hold it, provided the ball has not crossed the plane of the touchline”.

The Cheetahs had only themselves to blame for their loss, however, as they failed to gain a platform up front and made a host of unforced errors.

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