Maties retained their top spot with a convincing win over Pukke, scoring six tries for the bonus point win at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Monday afternoon. It was a must-win match for Pukke as they did battle against an undefeated and top-of-the-table Maties at Soccer City in Soweto on Monday afternoon. The match began with tactical kicks being exchanged between both teams’ kickers, looking for territorial advantage early on.
Craig Barry of Maties had a try disallowed in the opening minutes of the match, when the referee adjudged an earlier pass to have been forward, but just a few minutes later he had his try. Pressure told on the Pukke defence, as Barry cut inside to find a gap and put his side 7-0 up. Pukke’s Malherbe Swart’s quick thinking helped his side pull it back to 7-5 soon after that, but after that it was all Maties in the second half.
A brilliant solo effort by Edwill Van Der Merwe from inside his own half, earned Maties another nine points. Not long after that a slick exchange between Paul Streicher and Craig Barry resulted in another nine-point try, scored by Streicher. Maties led 32-5 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half and Pukke pulled one back through some quick thinking by Benhard Janse Van Rensburg, who scored a try for his side and pulled it back to 32-12. But 10 minutes later a loose ball on the halfway line was kicked forward by Maties fullback Craig Barry, who outsprinted the Pukke defence to gather the ball and cross for another seven points. Two penalty kicks by Ernst Stapelberg extended the Maties lead to 47-12, before another display of smooth offloading set up Duncan Saal for a try in the corner and Maties led 56-12 with 10 minutes to play.
The scores ended 56-12, as Maties defeated Pukke in emphatic fashion.
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