The Pumas can have a chance to defend their Currie Cup title in Bloemfontein after bravely holding out for a slim victory over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday night time.

A second-half maul attempt from hooker PJ Jacobs was sufficient for the Pumas to see out a 14-man Sharks for a 26-20 semi-final victory at Kings Park.

The defending champions will meet the quantity one-ranked Cheetahs within the Currie Cup remaining in Bloemfontein subsequent weekend.

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The Pumas had been full worth for his or her win, as they received off to a flying begin and solely relinquished their lead for a short interval within the second half.

Tries from loosehead prop Corne Fourie, who scored within the first play of the match, and tighthead Simon Uncooked noticed the Pumas go 12-0 up within the first half.

Whereas the Sharks used the ability of their pack to combat again, they went into the break trailing by two factors.

The second half was was a defensive dogfight, whereas each groups misplaced a participant to the sin bin for harmful tackles.

The Sharks suffered a significant blow when inside centre Alwayno Visagie was red-carded after colliding with Pumas wing Etienne Taljaard within the air.

Nonetheless, the hosts got a late alternative to win the match by means of a Pumas error, however the guests defended for over 20 phases and finally compelled Lionel Cronje into contact to say the win.

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