U Mumba won their first Maharashtra derby this season by beating Puneri Paltan 31-22 on Saturday. This was Mumbai's first win against Pune in their last five encounters.
Mumbai lost the last two Maharashtra derbies against Puneri Paltan this season. With revenge on their minds, Mumbai pushed towards a good gap between Puneri Paltan and themselves in the first half, starting the game on a strong note.
U Mumba went into the half-time with a nine-point lead at 19-10 against Puneri Paltan, who had no answer to Mumbai's strong defence.
After a flurry of empty raids in the beginning of second half by Mumbai, Puneri Paltan attempted a comeback.
Two super tackles by Puneri Paltan reignited some hope for them. GB More made a stunning ankle hold on Darshan Kadian for an empty raid and Puneri Paltan bridged the gap to five points, 22-18 in favour of U Mumba.
Surendra Singh inflicted the all out on Puneri Paltan with just over 5 minutes remaining. U Mumba rushed to a 10-point lead and they went up to 28-18 at the moment.
U Mumba held on to their lead to see-off their rivals in the Noida leg.