A first-half hat-trick of Currie Cup tries to flanker Jaco Bouwer set up an impressive victory for the Pumas at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, as the men from Mpumalanga got their campaign back on track following their 32-23 first-round defeat away to the Leopards.
The Kavaliers would have wanted a positive start following their 25-20 home defeat to the EP Kings in Round 1, but they were stunned by the ferocity of the home team's forwards, and in particular a driving maul which they used to telling effect to build up an insurmountable lead by the break.
The alarm bells began ringing for the Bolanders as early as the third minute when Bouwer crossed for his first try, with Pumas flyhalf Carl Bezuidenhout also going on for a try and kicking three conversions to open up a 23-point halftime lead.
Final Score Pumas 33 (26) Boland Kavaliers 10 (3)
Tries: Jaco Bouwer (3), Carl Bezuidenhout, JW Jonker
Conversions: Bezuidenhout (4).
Try: Jonathan Francke
Conversion: Elgar Watts