The Pampas XV maintained their undefeated run in this year’s Vodacom Cup in Potchefstroom on Saturday night following their 25-20 victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Profert Olen Park.
The Argentineans previously claimed the scalps of the Golden Lions (15-9) in round two and the Tasol Solar Griffons (52-29) in the opening weekend of the competition, and on Saturday stunned the defending champions by consigning them to their third consecutive defeat of the season.
Both teams scored three tries in this match. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Leonardo Senatore and Nicolas Ariel Bruzzone ran in the Pampas XVs’ three five-pointers while Iglesias kicked three conversions and a penalty. Nicolas Sanchez also converted one penalty kick.
Winger Akona Ndungane, Marnus Schoeman, Okkie Kruger were the try-scorers for the Vodacom Blue Bulls who are still winless after three rounds. Francois Brummer – who slotted a penalty – and Louis Fouche each kicked one conversion.
Former DHL Western Province centre Morgan Newman scored a brace for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs on Saturday as the Bloemfontein team secured their second victory of the competition during their 38-24 win over the Platinum Leopards.
The hosts ran in five tries while the visitors crossed the try line on three occasions. Winger Eddie Fredericks, centre Corné Uys and former SA Under-20 prop Marcel van der Merwe were the other Toyota Free State Cheetahs players to score five-pointers during this match. Flyhalf Louis Strydom kicked five conversions and a penalty.
Shandré Frolick, Joubert Engelbrecht and Jaco van Zyl were the try-scorers for the Platinum Leopards while Clayton Durand kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Former SA Schools centre Piet Lindeque scored a hat-trick of tries as the Sharks XV comprehensively defeated the Valke 67-26 in Margate on Saturday. The Durban side are currently in pole position on the South Section log with 15 points and ran in eleven tries by outplaying their opponents during this match thanks to their attacking brand of rugby employed at the Ugu Stadium.
The Sharks XV’s other five pointers were scored by Lee Thompson (2), Howard Mnisi, Kobus de Kock, Daniel Ojiambo, Jerome Pretorius, Kyle Cooper and Ross Cronjé. Flyhalf Guy Cronjé and De Kock each kicked three conversions. The Valke managed to achieve a bonus point for scoring four tries. Their five-pointers were scored by Kyle Hendricks, Jaco Snyman, Arno Poley and Coert Cronjé. Flyhalf Dewald Nel kicked three conversions.
Meanwhile former SA U20 Player of the Year (2009) Lionel Cronje notched up 21 points as DHL Western Province outclassed the Welwitschias during their 59-6 victory over the Namibians at DHL Newlands on Friday.
The talented fullback scored a brace, and kicked four conversions and a penalty in this match which saw the hosts run in nine tries. Shuaib Samaai, Johann Sadie, Wimpie van der Walt, Louis Schreuder, JJ Engelbrecht, Alistair Vermaak and Marcel Brache were the other try scorers for the Cape Town team. The Welwitschias’ points came via the boot of Chrysander Botha who kicked three penalties.
In the other Vodacom Cup games of the weekend, the Golden Lions secured their first victory of the 2011 competition following their 32-10 win over the Boland Cavaliers in Moorreesburg on Saturday; as did the Border Bulldogs who recorded a 19-16 result against the Tasol Solar Griffons.
The GWK Griquas were impressive during their match against the SWD Eagles and held the hosts scoreless during their 33-0 victory in George. In the other Vodacom Cup fixture of the weekend, the EP Kings retained their undefeated status in this season’s competition following their 23-8 win over the Ford Pumas in Port Elizabeth on Friday.