Sharks rout Pumas in strong showing

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 16 Feb 2013 at 12:58
Tagged with : , , , , , , , ,

It may have taken them a while to really get going, but the Sharks hit their straps and scored eight great tries in a 50-19 demolition of the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday evening.

John Plumtree, who expressed his frustration earlier in the week at both the lack of quality opposition afforded by the Leoaprds in the previous warm-up fixture, as well as the injury toll coming out of the game, will have been a lot happier with proceedings last night; not only did the Sharks face a fired-up and competitive Pumas outfit, they managed to escape the Kanyamazane intact, with no fresh injury concerns ahead of next week’s Super Rugby opener against the Cheetahs.

The first half saw the Sharks and Pumas trade blows, with the visitors scoring four ties to the hosts’ two. Veterean flanker Jacques Botes, himself a former Puma, did the bulk of the damage, scoring twice for the Sharks, while Louis Ludik and Marcel Coetzee added the first and fourth tries respectively. At 26-14 ahead at the break, the Sharks will have felt that they gave a good showing, but also would have rued the defensive lapses that allowed the Pumas in.

The second period went better, with unanswered tries by Botes (again), Coetzee (again) and then a brace from Paul Jordaan within the space of minutes, seeing the men from Durban race out to a 50-14 lead. A late consolation from the hosts saw the final score stand at 50-19.

Pumas (19) : Tries Uzair Cassiem (2), Stefan Watermeyer. Conversions Tiaan Marx (2).

Sharks (50): Tries Louis Ludik, Jacques Botes (3), Marcel Coetzee (2), Paul Jordaan (2). Conversions Pat Lambie (3), Meyer Bosman (2)


  • Saw footage of one of Paul’s tries…all i can say is that he is going to have a Jol playing outside Frans Steyn this year…gonna make lots of line breaks this year that’s for sure!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.13 13:39:05 by JJR Reply
  • Let’s just hope Paul has an injury free season. He is a devastating runner!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.13 14:11:25 by MikeVS Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 1) : @MikeVS (Comment 2) : and hopefully Frans doesn’t play like he does for the Springboks, bash bash and more bash bash

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.13 14:33:35 by Ludz Reply

  • Competitive or not – it is still just the Pumas. Super Rugby will be a different story entirely. That said we have exciting centers and an exciting flyhalf – something we couldn’t say a few years back. Let’s up the locks stand-up this season as well.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.13 19:44:00 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • @JJR (Comment 1) : Is the footage avialable on SuperSport (for once)?

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.13 19:45:19 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • Let’s hope the sharks can continue this try scoring streak when the super rugby kicks off for us next week. Especially when we play the kings in round 3.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.13 07:38:07 by Viking Reply
  • Loosies and outside backs scoring -good news 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.02.13 11:33:16 by Talent Reply
  • Antz baie gelukkige verjaarsdag. Laat die jaar vorentoe beter wees as verlede jaar

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.02.13 07:06:58 by Marietjie Reply

  • 5 dae en naweke sal voel weer normaal :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.02.13 07:19:29 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 9) : 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.02.13 07:45:49 by Viking Reply

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.