Pumas trained hard this week and were rewarded by an outstanding victory against a travelling Alton side who were made to look very ordinary.
From the kick off the Pumas dominated both the scrum and lineout and were competing continually at the breakdown. on 8mins James Campbell covered the ball at the breakdown and fed a good pass to Lee Giles coming in off his wing to open the scoring. Robbie Connell converted.
However in the opening 20 mins what was frustrating was the large penalty count building up against the Pumas. They were doing all the good play only to be push back into their half as Alton cleared their lines. But on 33 mins Alton also started to feel the pressure and Robbie Connell kicked a resulting Puma penalty. This action spurred the Pumas on for the remained of the half. Great scrumaging continually pushed the visitors back and a break from Full Back Robbie Connell showing good pace cuts back inside to feed flanker Chris Kitson who scores under the posts. Robbie Connell Converted.
With half time approaching the Pumas continued to push Alton back towards their try line and a line out 7 yards out was taken by Chris Kitson and the resulting maul began to strikeout for the line only to be collapsed some 2 yards out by Alton and a Penalty Try awarded. HT 24-0 and Pumas in complete control.
The second half start was slightly delayed as Alton could not field a complete front row so the match went uncontested and the Pumas lost one of their main strengths. In the opening 10 mins of the half frustration set in for the Pumas as they looked to run everything but one move saw Robbie Connell pick up a Yellow Card for using his fore arm. But going down to 14 only pushed the Pumas on more. Veteran Jon Barfoot picking up his first Puma start of the season continually fought at the breakdown and fed a great ball to skipper Joel Stocker in center field to score under the posts. Nick Destefano took over the kicking duties and converted. score 31-0
But the best try went to man of the match James Campbell who took another offload from Jon Barfoot in the Puma half for him to sprint 50m and score out wide. Here the score remained at 36-0 as on 70 mins Alex Ainscough was sent to the sin bin for coming in at the side. In itself not a bad crime but the ref just had enough as Pumas continued to give away penalties. Alton tried hard in the last 10 mins to get something from the game but the Pumas defence did well to keep them shut out.
This was a great result for the squad that saw the bench used well and the attacking lines the Pumas ran was good for the supporters to see.