Puma Shock Sharks in Durban

The Pumas won the battle both in the air and in terms of territory, while flying full-back Devon Williams led the aerobatics with both tries as they shocked the Sharks 20-10 in the Currie Cup match at Kings Park on Friday night.

The win wasn’t enough to get the Pumas into the top four, but they can definitely throw a challenge into the semifinals as they are now just one point behind Griquas in fourth place and five points adrift of the Sharks, who played an extra game.

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Williams accelerated to the opening try in the eighth minute after the Sharks overturned a lineout in their 22, with outstanding Pumas center Eddie Fouche then producing a telltale dart and then a lovely dump on midfield mate. Alwayno Visagie, who fed Williams left winger.

The Pumas took the lead 17-3 at half-time after excellent scrum-half Chriswill September sent a pass from the base of a high-wide ruck to right-winger Sebastian de Klerk, who switched to the jet Williams inside for his second attempt shortly before the break

Both coaches, Etienne Fynn of the Sharks and Jimmy Stonehouse of the Pumas, would have died many in the second aid.

The Sharks dominated the third quarter but overall were not skilled enough to cross the finish line more than once, thanks to substitute hooker Fez Mbatha’s try from a big rolling maul.

The Pumas, who were most effective in killing the Sharks’ momentum on the ruck, then regained their dominance but could only add a second Fouche penalty as they wasted several promising positions in the Sharks 22.


sharks: Attempt – Fez Mbatha. conversion – Boeta Chamberlain. Drop goal – Chamberlain.

puma: near –Devon Williams (2). conversions – Eddie Fouche (2). sanctions – Fouch (2).