The Pumas beat the Free State Cheetahs 28-21 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday in their opening 2014 Absa Currie Cup match. Justin Van Staden got the first half started although his effort did not reach the line. Luckily for the hosts, this was not a sign of things to come.
Rayno Benjamin managed to skip his way past three defenders before scoring a try. Willie Du Plessis added the extra points. Luan De Bruin was blown up for illegal scrumming as Van Staden kicked a penalty. Still trailing, things turned around for the home team when JW Bell beat the Cheetahs defence to go over for a superb try. The first half ended with the visitors up 16-15.
Du Plessis got the second half going before Sarel Pretorius received a yellow card. Van Staden still had the same energy from the first half as he put his team back in front after he kicked two penalties in a row. JW Jonker would score the try that put daylight between the newly-promoted boys and the established Free State union that have won the Currie Cup on four previous occasions.
Benjamin managed to score another try but it was nothing but consolation as the men from Mpumalanga ran out 28-21 victors.