The Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week in Pretoria is proving to be a bit of a hard nut to crack for the Eastern Province team as they stuttered to a 2 point win over the Pumas after a glorious start to the clash today.
The clash between the Pumas and Eastern Province was a tense affair as both teams tried hard to get on the front foot. The Port Elizabeth side, however, had the upper hand in the first half as they scored two converted tries within five minutes to only one by the Pumas to take a 14-5 lead at the break. The Pumas, however, hit back in the second half with three tries, while Eastern Province added two to their total. This earned Sibabalwe Mzanywa his hat-trick. The difference on the scoreboard, however, was an extra conversion by Eastern Province flyhalf Malan Olivier.
The players will have Wednesday off to recover from the opening two rounds, with the final day’s play being hosted on Thursday.
- Pumas – Tries: Du Preez Van der Merwe, Johannes Christoffel Pretorius, Ryno Pieterse, Waldo Conradie. Conversions: Du Preez Van der Merwe (3).
- Eastern Province – Tries: Sibabalwe Mzanywa (3), Sihle Njezula. Conversions: Malan Olivier (4).