Monday, March 14, 2011

Los Pampas XV 27-22 Blue Bulls

Los Pampas XV made it three wins from three appearances in the Vodacom Cup as they defeated the Blue Bulls 27-22 in Potchefstroom on Saturday. The Argentina side got the victory by playing attacking rugby - a style of play that produced superb tries, none better than the first try of the match which started with a sliding chip kick from scrumhalf  Nicolás Bruzzone which he himself collected following a turnover and then after two phases flyhalf Santiago González Iglesias went over for the try. The try made the scores 10-3 to Los Pampas XV in the 28th minute after González Iglesias François Brummer had traded early penalties. Ten minutes latter, Los Pampas XV scored the games second try following a push over scrum which backrower Leonardo Senatore touched down to make it 17-3 at half time.

The secondhalf started off nicely for Los Pampas XV as they pressed the Blus Bulls defence line which allowed Bruzzone to dart over for a try which González Iglesias again converted to put the Argentina side in a comanding 24-3 lead. From this point the Los Pampas XV players seemed to take their feet off the accelerator as South African international winger Akona Ndungane scored his sides first try in the 62nd minute. Brummer converted the try from the touchline and four minutes latter the Bue Bulls scored again with Marnus Schoeman going over for an uncoverted try which cut Los Pampas XV lead to nine points. With backrower Miguel de Achaval yellow carded, the South Africans had a numerical advantage in the pack and used it to their advantage as Okkie Kruger´s converted push over try cut Los Pampas XV lead to two points as scores were 24-22 in the 70th minute. The South Americans hit back with a penalty to Nicolás Sánchez four minuite from full time to give Los Pampas XV a five point advantage and close out the match.

The win was the third consecutive victory for Los Pampas XV and makes the side one of only three undefeated teams in the Southern Pool and one of four sides over all in the Vodacom Cup not to have lost a match so far.

Northern Pool

1 Griquas 15
2 Pumas 9
3 Golden Lions 8
4 Leopards 6
5 Griffons 4
6 Blue Bulls 2
7 Valke Falcons 1
8 Welwitschias 0 

Southern Pool

1 Sharks XV 15
2 Eastern Province 13 
3 Pampas XV 13 
4 Western Province 12 
5 Free State 12 
6 SWD Eagles 6 
7 Border 5 
8 Boland Kavaliers 4

1 comment:

  1. Nice article and awesome site, Paul.
    And I wouldn't mind having a World Cup at home, so let's see if there's any luck for 2023...