George - Despite missing nine kicks at goal, the Leopards beat the SWD Eagles
35-24 (half-time 25-17) in their Absa Currie Cup First Division match at
Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.
The Leopards ran in seven tries but Adriaan Engelbrecht missed seven
conversions and two penalty attempts, but made up for his lack of
direction by scoring two tries.
The victory for the visitors means that they will travel to Port
Elizabeth to face the EP Kings while the Eagles will travel to Nelspruit
to take on the unbeaten Pumas in the other semifinal.
It was the home side who opened the scoring with a penalty from their
fullback, Gerrit Smith, after five minutes. But the Leopards struck back
three minutes later when Engelbrecht burst over for the first of his
Eight minutes later, it was the turn of the Leopards' openside flanker,
Phillip de Wet, who rounded off a good try to extend the lead to seven
points. The visiting fullback, Danie Dames, extended the lead further
after 23 minutes when he slid over the line for his try.
Four minutes later, the hosts were back in the game when they reduced
the deficit to five points with a converted try from loosehead prop Roy
Godfrey. But the hosts were to pay for some indiscipline when tighthead
prop Grant Kemp was shown a yellow card by referee Lourens van der Merwe
six minutes before the break.
The Leopards made their extra man count when De Wet crossed for his
second try. But the Eagles did not give up and struck back immediately
with a try by inside centre Marshall Boesak. Smith converted to reduce
the gap to only three points.
But a lack of concentration and being one man down resulted in
Engelbrecht scoring his second try on the stroke of halftime to give his
side an eight point lead going into the break.
The hosts were only able to add one more seven-pointer to their tally
through Shaun Raubenheimer halfway through the second half, which Smith
The Leopards rounded off a deserved victory with two further tries from number 8 SJ Niemand and lock Brendon Snyman.
SWD Eagles - Tries: Roy Godfrey, Marshall Boesak, Shaun Raubenheimer ; Conversions: Gerrit Smith (3) ; Penalty: Smith.
Leopards - Tries: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2), Phillip de Wet (2), Danie Dames, Brendon Snyman, SJ Niemand.