Pumas now targeting away wins

Date published: August 30 2014

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Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse will be targeting away victories following their 32-22 victory over defending champions the Sharks

Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse will be targeting away victories following their 32-22 victory over defending champions the Sharks.

“The sign of a good team is whether they can win away from home and although it was easier in the First Division we won all our away matches which is difficult in the Currie Cup Premier Division,” said Stonehouse.

“Our first aim is to get the bonus point when we are playing away. Obviously you go for the victory – but you hope things stick and come away with a win.”

Victories over the Free State Cheetahs and Griquas maintained the Mbombela-based outfit's perfect record in their backyard.

Against the Sharks, the Pumas again demonstrated a willingness to attack from depth which paid dividends as they scored four tries for the full complement of points.

At the interval the home side enjoyed an 18-9 lead but an improved performance saw the Sharks claw their way back into the match.

The Pumas also allowed the visitors back into the game when they opted for attacking lineouts twice in a row instead of taking the three points on offer when the Sharks had Odwa Ndungane in the bin.

“We've let them into the match when we could have taken three points and Corne Steenkamp (captain) kicked for the lineout,” added Stonehouse.

“We back him on that decision because the confidence was high at that stage but then we lost that lineout.

“We were concerned about letting the game slip but at this stage our ability to fight for the bonus point is very high.

“They have shown they can compete and I see already people writing that it was their B team but they still had six Springboks and international players including 13 Super Rugby players.”

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