The fifth round of the Vodacom Cup was not the best one for Argentine side, Los Pampas XV. The South Americans were defeated 28-17 at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town by Western Province. In losing, the Argentine side now sits in third position in the Southern Section and faces the danger of dropping out of the play-off´s zone. The section is led by the Sharks XV who are well out on front with a five point lead.
Daniel Hourcade will likely have complaints to make to his players after Western Province recovered after the Argentine side had made a perfiect start with winger Manuel Montero scoring a try in just the second minute. Pat Howard went over in the ninth minute but the first half was all about the Pampas XV as the Argentine team held a comfortable halftime lead following an eighteenth minute try to the Worcester Warriors bound backrower Leonardo Senatore. Indeed, the Pampas XV looked to be on course for victory as a try in the fourth minute of the second half by fullback Matías Masera extended the lead. Instead, however, the home side took advantage as Los Pampas XV failed to score any further points while Western Province scored three and also added points through a dropgoal and penalty.