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Sat 14
Pumas 1XV
N Destefano (2)
S Nuttall, J Crook
Pumas stifle Overton in Cup with great forward display

Pumas stifle Overton in Cup with great forward display

By George Winch
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Strong forward play with great defence in backs sends Overton back without scoring

Pumas showed Overton who play in Hants League 1, how to win and close out a cup match. The visitors started strongly in the opening 10 mins and forced a lot of easy penalties from the Pumas, narrowly missing the posts on two occasions. But from then on it was all the homeside who took control as the Pumas began to build.

The forwards started to dominate at the breakdown and recycled quick ball and on 15 mins were awarded a penalty as frustration from Overton began to mount. Nick Destefano at fly-half converted.

But the Pumas continued to force Overton deeper back into their half and were rewarded by a great break out by right inger Gus Flack, who stole the ball just inside the Puma half and race forward supported by flanker Chris Kitson who continued the run. Brought down just on the 15m mark the ball was quickly recycled by scrum-half Matt John out to the backs with captain Joel Stocker putting outside center Sean Nuttall in at the corner 3 mins before half time.

The second half also started strongly for Pumas as they used their strong bench and on 56 mins after a lot of pressure the forwards again drove for the line. Pick and go, pick and go recycling 5 times left man of the match at Lock Jake Crook to stretch for the line to score.

As it was a cup match the only thing now was to close the match out and the Pumas continued to show strength denying Overton the ball. A personal victory for the front row was when the only real attacking opportunity for Overton late in the game was then quashed as they failed to hold up their attacking scrum and had a penalty awarded against them.

The finally kick of the match was a penalty converted by Nick Destefano . Coach Al Palmer said "it was good to see some new faces get some game time and whilst the scoreline was tight we never looked like losing control of the game playing deep in the Overton half for much of the match."

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Sat 14, Oct 2017



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2 wins and we are in the final