In their first match of the season the defending Vodacom Cup champions the Pampas XV blew a 14 point lead to suffer a disappointing 26-34 loss to the Eastern Province Kings in Stellenbosch.
The match started very positively for the Argentine team, with winger Ramiro Moyano was on fire, after rounding Norman Nelson for the first try after 4 minutes, the second try was set up by him as well as his sheer pace was too much for the Kings defenders and the try came as he simply drew the last man for Lisandro Gómez Lopez to power through in support.
The Kings maul was gaining metres all match and the move resulted in a try for them at 56 minutes as flanker Boetie Brits touched down. Scrum Half Falie Oelschig had a very wayward boot (he was eventually relieved of the kicking duties) and failed to fully capitalise on the dozens of penalties conceded and that as well as the perfect boot from Santiago González Iglesias kept the Pampas in the match
Lisandro Gómez López on his way to
score the first try for the Pampas XV
After 17 minutes the Pampas XV were 17-3 ahead, but the match unravelled for them at this point as the EP Kings came back into the match as they began to dominate the set piece and and with the help of a very undisciplined display from the Pampas XV they began to take control of the match.
After pressure from the Kings forwards, number 8 Jacques Engelbrecht went over from short range and fly half Shane Gates brushed past weak defence to score and the Kings took a 21-20 lead into half time.
The Kings continued to gradually take the game away from the Pampas XV in the second half as due to indiscipline which totalled an unacceptable 22 penalties throughout the match the Kings were allowed to develop territory and their forwards dominated the Pampas XV at set piece in the lineout, and especially in the maul.
Santiago González Iglesias
was faultless with the boot
But after the referee sent prop Nahuel Lobo to the sin bin due to the mounting infringements by the Argentines, the maul then scored a second try for them at 67 minutes and the match in the bag for the Kings with 34 points.
The Pampas XV didn’t give up and they were disallowed a try towards the end after a knock on from Tomás Leonardi was spotted by the video referee. But they came up short in the end in a disappointing defeat.
26 - 34
|Tries||Moyano (3), Gómez López (17)||Engelbrecht (20), Gates (40), Brits (56, 67)|
|Conversions||González Iglesias (4, 18)||Oelschig (40)|
|Penalties||González Iglesias (15, 24, 46, 70)||Oelschig (12, 30, 34, 48)|
Pampas XV: 15 Román Miralles, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Juan Pablo Estelles, 12 Lisandro Gómez López (Matías Orlando 70), 11 Manuel Montero; 10 Santiago González Iglesias, 9 Martín Landajo (Tomás Cubelli 60); 1 Francisco Piccinini (Nahuel Lobo 60), 2 Bruno Postiglioni, 3 Juan Gómez (Germán Aráoz 53); 4 Santiago Guzmán, 5 Mariano Galarza; 6 Julio Farías Cabello (Rodrigo Báez 45), 7 Genaro Fessia (Rodrigo Bruno 58), 8 Tomás Leonardi
Eastern Province Kings: 15 Kieran Goss, 14 Norman Nelson, 13 Scott van Breda, 12 Tiger Mangweni, 11 Marcello Sampson; 10 Shane Gates, 9 Falie Oelschig; 1 Jaco Engels, 2 Hannes Franklin, 3 André Schletcher (Elrich Kock 68); 4 Darron Nell, 5 David Bulbring; 6 Boetie Brits, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo (Devin Oosthuizen 53), 8 Jacques Engelbrecht