Cape Town – Pumas flyhalf JC Roos struck five penalties to give his team a narrow 15-13
win over the EP Kings in a nail-biting Absa Currie Cup encounter at the Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The match ended in thrilling style as the Kings fought in vain for their
first victory of the season. A breakout from their own tryline with minutes
remaining saw them come within metres of scoring their second try of the
evening. However, the Pumas defence held firm and an attempted drop goal which
would have snatched victory drifted wide.
After trailing 6-3 at half-time and then 9-6 when Roos struck his third
penalty in the 55th minute, the Kings hit back when a period of relentless
pressure saw powerful prop Lizo Gqoboka surge over the line for the only try of
Fullback Scott van Breda added the conversion and the Kings took the lead
for first time on the night, 13-9.
However, Roos’s accurate boot proved telling in the final analysis as the
Pumas forced two more errors in the Kings’ half for the flyhalf to boot his
fourth and fifth penalties, putting the visitors 15-13 ahead in the 74th
Van Breda had a shot from the halfway line, 10 metres in from touch, to try
put the Kings back in front, but that fell short. Then came the home team’s
final surge for victory, only to be thwarted by a desperate Pumas defence.
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