NELSPRUIT – A hattrick by Blue Bulls speedster Rosko Specman steered the team to their first victory of the season in the Currie Cup, with the side defeating the Pumas 25-17 at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.
It was a game fuelled by desperation, as both teams gave everything in the hope of earning a victory to stay alive in the competition after defeats in their opening two games, and the scoreboard reflected this from start to end.
The first half was tight as both teams ran hard at one another, which resulted in a balanced display with most of the rugby being played in the middle of the field. But it was two tries by Specman – one from an intercept and another from a sharp pass which he gathered - that handed them a 12-10 halftime lead.
The Pumas struck first in the third minute after capitalising on a vital turnover, with the team displaying fantastic energy on attack and good support play, which paved the way for winger Etienne Taljaard to dash over the chalk, and the conversion saw them take a 7-0 lead.
They threatened to score on a handful of occasions as the half progressed, but turnovers at crucial times denied them from scoring. A successful penalty goal shortly before halftime, however, allowed them to enter the break two points down at 12-10.