Jean-Luc du Plessis converted a last-minute try as Western Province came back to beat the Pumas in the Currie Cup match at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.
In a match where the lead changed hands three times, the Province flyhalf scored a try, kicked two conversions and nailed a penalty for a 22-14 victory.
The Pumas, defending champions, took an early lead when loosehead prop Cameron Dawson crashed over for a converted try, but Du Plessis levelled the scores when he converted Godlen Masimla’s try at the end of the first quarter.
The Pumas lost winger Lundi Msenge to a yellow card for a deliberate knock down and Du Plessis made them pay when he dotted down to give the hosts a 12-7 lead at the break.
But the Pumas came out of the shed with renewed vigour and they were rewarded when Andrew Kota streaked across the line and flyhalf Tinus de Beer converted to give the visitors a 14-12 advantage with 30 minutes to go.
Du Plessis’ successful penalty put WP back in front midway through the final quarter before lock Adre Smith powered in for a converted try at the death.