Pumas punish ill-disciplined KZN
Pumas punish ill-disciplined KZNSHARE
Mpumalanga were complete value for their 40-18 win over a poorly disciplined Kwa-Zulu Natal side on Day three of Craven Week in Polokwane.
The Pumas drew first blood through a Brandon Thomson penalty and led 3-0 after just over four minutes.
Kwa-Zulu Natal's Kurt Webster cancelled out the early penalty from the Pumas with a kick of his own and it was 3-3 after six minutes of the game.
A lack of discipline from the side from Mpumalanga meant that Webster put Kwa-Zulu Natal in the lead 6-3 just shy of the 10 minute mark.
The Pumas managed to draw level with Kwa-Zulu Natal at 6-6 after 25 minutes after Thomas knocked over another penalty. They maintained the pressure for a long period of time and managed to win the penalty but they would have loved a try.
A well deserved try from the Pumas after another period of sustained pressure on the Kwa-Zulu Natal side. They crashed it up a number of times and Willandre Kotzenberg scores the vital try before the break. The conversion was successful from Thomson and the Pumas opened up a 13-6 lead in the shadows of half-time.
Webster pulled a tough kick at goal on the half-time whistle and the Pumas were ahead 13-6 at half-time.
Kwa-Zulu Natal had the perfect start to the second-half and after a number of scrappy offloads in the tackles the ball got to flyhalf Kurt Webster who went over for the try. His conversion was wide and the Pumas lead was cut to 13-11.
A try from nothing for Mpumalanga as Mauro Bucuchane put a chip through after there was nothing on, the cover defence from Kwa-Zulu Natal fullback Morne Joubert was not good enough and he could not gather and Bucuchane picked it up and went over for the try. The conversion was successful from Thomson and the Pumas were 20-11 ahead just under 10 minutes into the second period.
Natal reply in the best way possible as Kelvin Elder shows some great individual skill to beat his defender and then swerve inside to run the try in under the posts. Webster's conversion was successful and it narrowed the gap to two points at 20-18.
Another penalty from Thomson after Natal's discipline let them down again. 23-18 to the Pumas on the 50 minute mark.
A second high tackle from Kwa-Zulu Natal in four minutes meant that Thomson added another three points to his personal tally and to his teams tally as increased the lead to 26-18.
The Pumas put the game beyond doubt as Mzwakhe Fransman ran in the try from about 40 metres out. Thomson knocked the conversion over from a tough angle and the Pumas were ahead 33-18 with just over five minutes to go.
Mauro Bucuchane got his second try of the game after a speculative pass from Kwa-Zulu Natal is intercepted by the flying winger and he ran in the try from 40 metres out. Another successful conversion from Thomson turned the game into a rout at 40-18.
Man of the match: The Pumas loose forwards were massive and Willandre Kotzenberg gets man of the match for a great performance both on attack and on defence.
For Kwa-Zulu Natal:
Tries: Webster, Elder
Pens: Webster 2
Tries: Kotzenberg, Bucuchane, Fransman
Cons: Thomson 3
Pens: Thomson 4
KwaZulu Natal: 15 Morne Joubert, 14 Banele Jacob Ngwenya, 13 Marcel Saayman Coetzee, 12 Kelvin Elder, 11 Sphamandla Ngcobo, 10 Kurt Erwin Webster, 9 Reece Neil McHardy, 8 Jacobus Coetzee, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Muziwandile Mervyn Mazibuko, 5 Daniel du Preez, 4 Ntokozo Mzamomuhle Vidima, 3 Mzamo Majola, 2 Roy Jordan Meaker, 1 Thabiso Sbongakonke Only Zuma.
Replacements: 16 Kerron Thomas van Vuuren, 17 Njabula Gumede, 18 Tijde Visser, 19 Ayron Garret Schramm, 20 Akhona Lonwabo Nela, 21 Tristan James Tedder, 22 Christopher Renwick Lines.
Mpumalanga: 15 Lindelwe Siyanda Zungu, 14 Mzwakhe Coneth Fransman, 13 Mauro Bucuchane, 12 Helgaard Viljoen, 11 Abednigo Mashabane, 10 Brandon Terry Thomson,9 Christiaan Willem Erasmus, 8 Daniel Johannes Maartens, 7 Tristan Jooste, 6 Willandre Kotzenberg, 5 Christopher Leonard van Leeuwen, 4 Thulane Mkhonto, 3 Jacobus Conradus van Vuuren, 2 Cauwen Mashaba, 1 Bhekisa Shongwe.
Replacements: 16 Michael Jacobus Vosloo, 17 Jon Pierre Herbst, 18 Michael Basson, 19 Menzi Khethukuthula Nhlabathi, 20 Rowan Petrus Christiaan Gouws, 21 Johannes Petrus Du Plooy, 22 Odwa Vincent Nkunjana.