Potchefstroom - Allister Kettledas blazed his way to a hat-trick but the loose trio
were the leading lights as the Leopards hammered the Falcons (half-time 29-3) in their Absa Currie Cup First Division match at Profert
Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Friday.
According to the supersport.com website, while Kettledas, the competition's leading try-scorer, cut through the
Falcons defences like a laser to score his three tries, the Leopards'
loose trio of Juan "Spanner" Pretorius, Robert Kruger and Morne Hanekom
were superb, showing great penetration with ball in hand and being
incisive at the breakdowns.
A large and enthusiastic tight five also had much to do with the
Leopards' victory and they were seldom in any danger of losing as they
built up a sizeable 29-3 lead at halftime. Veteran former Springbok
flyhalf Andre Pretorius is also clearly enjoying his new life in
Potchefstroom as he kicked superbly in the gusting wind and also showed
great vision at times.
The Falcons made a lively start, but seemed to have the stuffing knocked
out of them by a yellow card to prop Stefan Bezuidenhout for illegally
disrupting a rolling maul close to his own tryline.
The power and skills of eighthman Juan Pretorius saw him charging over
the tryline soon afterwards and the superb support play and pace of
Kruger set up the second try, for centre Adriaan Engelbrecht.
The vision of Andre Pretorius, who pouched an interception and then sent
a long pass out wide to wing Kettledas, set up the Leopards' third try
and, with a 22-3 lead after half-an-hour, the home side were already
Kettledas tapped and dived over for his second try just before halftime
and the Leopards were soon swarming on to attack again from the
Wing Andrew van Wyk cleaned up well after an attack had been disrupted,
drew a couple of defenders and allowed Engelbrecht to glide over for his
Andre Pretorius's fifth successful kick stretched the Leopards' lead to
36-3, but the Falcons' balloon had not yet been burst and, keeping the
ball alive for nine phases, they created the space for fullback JW Bell
to go over for their first try.
But the Leopards struck back and made the score 43-10 two minutes later
as centre Hennie Scorbinski made a half-break and made the space for
replacement fullback Gerhard Nortier to dash down the right and score,
and Andre Pretorius slotted an excellent conversion.
Just after the hour mark, great work by "Spanner" Pretorius and Kruger
saw the Leopards swarming on to attack and Hanekom then dived over the
tryline as if he was diving over breakers on the beach to score a
The Valke had not just been idle opposition in the second half, playing
with great determination but not enough accuracy. But, in the 64th
minute, replacement flyhalf Karlo Aspeling, who had been providing great
balls for his backline, sparked another attack and scrumhalf Anrich
Richter went over for the try as the Leopards defence scrambled.
There was even some humiliation in store for the Leopards as Falcons right
wing Sandile Ngcobo skinned the defence to score, but the home side had
the last say as the pace of Kettledas took North-West from defence on
The Falcons dropped the ball inside the Leopards 22, Kettledas kicked
through, regathered and then got the ball back from Nortier to score the
The Leopards' victory keeps them in third position on the log and still in line for the semi-finals.Scorers:
Leopards -Tries: Juan Pretorius, Adriaan Engelbrecht (2), Allister Kettledas (3), Gerhard Nortier, Morne Hanekom. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (6), Ernest Nortje. Penalty: Pretorius.
Falcons - Tries: JW Bell, Anrich Richter, Sandile Ngcobo. Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2). Penalty: Juan Kotze.