RW Kember ran in a brace of tries as the Ford Pumas beat the Platinum Leopards 38-27 (half-time 18-10) in their Absa Currie Cup First Division match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday.
Eighthman Kember scored two first-half tries while fullback JC Roos kicked 18 points courtesy of four penalties and three conversions as the Pumas avenged the 32-23 loss they had suffered at the hands of the Leopards early in the season.
The result also helped the Pumas leapfrog the Leopards on the log to move into second place, seven points behind the log-leading EP Kings and the Leopards drop from second to fifth.
Roos and Leopards flyhalf Andre Pretorius traded early penalties before the visitors moved into the lead with a try from the prolific wing Allister Kettledas who went over for his seventh five-pointer of the season.
However, Roos narrowed the gap with his second penalty before the Pumas regained the lead when the barnstorming Kember went over for a converted try in the 29th minute.
Kember grabbed his second try five minutes later as the Pumas went to the break holding an eight-point lead.
The second half was a far more thrilling affair with both teams combining for five tries although the Pumas never lost their half-time lead.
Roos kicked a penalty three minutes after the restart but the Leopards hit back nine minutes later when replacement loose forward Samuel Niemand dotted down.
With the match approaching the final quarter Pumas scrumhalf Shaun Venter scooted over for a converted try before the Leopards hit back once again with a try from hard-working flank Philip de Wet.
But the Pumas made sure of their victory with yet another Ross penalty and a try for replacement flyhalf Coenie van Wyk although the Leopards did have something to cheer about as they grabbed a bonus point for scoring four tries when replacement scrumhalf Jaco Grobler dotted down in the final minute.
Ford Pumas – Tries: RW Kember (2), Shaun Venter, Coenie van Wyk; Conversions: JC Roos (3); Penalties: Roos (4).
Platinum Leopards – Tries: Allister Kettledas, Samuel Niemand, Philip de Wet, Jaco Grobler; Conversions: Andre Pretorius (2); Penalty: Pretorius.