Leading 36-15 at half time, the Mpumalanga Pumas registered a 48-22 win over a Kenya Select side in an international friendly played at the RFUEA grounds Wednesday evening.
Two tries from Ashley Buys and Chris Jordaan, alongside a Carl Bezuidenhout within the opening ten minutes saw the Pumas take a 12-0 lead before Kenny Andola pulled one back for the Kenya Select side, slotting home a penalty four minutes later.
Benzuidenhout would convert Rudi Mathee’s seventeeth minute try before outside center Dennis Muhanji grounded the ball with Andola converting to take the scores to 19-10 in favor of the tourists after twenty minutes of play.
Corné Steenkamp’s converted try took the Pumas 26-10 ahead before Allan Omuka, enjoying a fine season thus far, scored an unconverted try that brought the scores to 26-15. Two unconverted tries from Tian Marx and Dawie Steyn saw the Pumas take a 36-15 lead into the interval.
Marx would convert J.W. Jonker’s try a minute into the second half, stretching the visitors lead to 43-15 before Muhanji landed his second try of the match, Andola converting as Kenya Select trailed 43-22. Jonker would emulate Muhanji’s feat, landing his brace courtesy of an uncoverted try that saw the Pumas run off with the 48-22 result.
The Pumas face the Kenyan national team at 4.00pm on Saturday 11th June 2011 at the same venue.