Western Province broke a two-game losing streak with a much-need victory over the Pumas in Nelspruit on Sunday.
WP have been struggling for form, winning just two of their five matches to date and coming into this clash on the back of consecutive defeats against Griquas and the Cheetahs. But they overcame a tough challenge on Sunday to claim 37-18 bonus-point victory.
Matchflow: It was a closely fought first half, with the Pumas holding their own against their more accomplished opponents, but a yellow card in the 11th minute cost them. Tim Swiel knocked over a penalty before Gerrie Labuschagne equallised.
But two further penalties goals and a try by wing Tristan Leyds set WP on their way to a 16-10 lead at the break.
The Pumas would close the deficit to three after the interval, but any hopes of a momentum shift was dashed as the visitors scored 21 unanswered points for what proved to be an unassailable lead.
There would be a late score for the hosts, but it was mere consolation in the end.