Potchefstroom - The Leopards turned in a strong second-half performance to see off the
Regent Boland Cavaliers 39-34 (half-time 15-24) in an entertaining Absa
Currie Cup First Division match at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom on
According to SuperSport's website, The Leopards outscored their opponents by 24 points to 10 in the second
half as their powerful forwards took charge of the encounter, but both
teams played their part in serving up an enjoyable match as they
combined for 10 tries.
The hosts kept their semi-final hopes alive as they ran in four
second-half tries, and six in total, while Boland slipped to their
eighth defeat in 10 matches. However, they picked up two bonus points
for their efforts against the Leopards.
The home team made an electric start to the match when they scored the first try just nine seconds after the game had started.
The hosts had kicked off but the Leopards made a hash of gathering the
ball and Leopards’ left wing Berty Visser showed wonderful awareness to
gather the loose ball before running clear to score.
Boland narrowed the gap thanks to two penalties from outside centre
Cheswin Williams before the visitors took the lead when Williams scored
an unconverted try.
Williams ended the match with 19 points courtesy of a try, conversion and four penalties.
Leopards’ flyhalf Andre Pretorius had a kicked charged down by his
opposite number Adnaan Oesman deep inside the host’s 22-metre area. The
ball took a wicked bounce inside the in-goal area and Williams was alert
enough to gather the ball to score to make the score 11-7 after 19
But the Leopards hit back six minutes later when flank Marius Fourie was
on hand to drive over from close-range after a sweeping backline move
had carried the ball into Boland’s 22-metre area.
However, the Cavaliers were playing with increasing confidence and 10
minutes before the break they grabbed their second try after scrumhalf
Bolla Conradie took a quick tap free-kick on the Leopards’ 22-metre
Conradie drifted through the Leopards’ defence before off-loading to his
unmarked fullback Eric Zana who dotted down in the right-hand corner.
Williams and Andre Pretorius then traded penalties before the Kavaliers
ended the half strongly when right wing Cornal Hendricks rounded off a
backline move to score in the tackle.
Boland may have ended the first half strongly but the Leopards came out
all guns blazing and they grabbed a try just 26 seconds after the
restart when eighthman Spanner Pretorius broke clear from deep inside
his own half before putting in a speculative kick ahead.
Replacement scrumhalf Jaco Grobler was the quickest man to the ball and he went over between the posts for a converted try.
The Cavaliers hit back seven minutes later when No 8 Zandre Jordaan
intercepted a pass on the Leopards’ 10-metre line before galloping clear
for a converted try.
The tries were continuing to flow and the Leopards nabbed their
bonus-point try in the 53rd minute when flank Robert Kruger was mauled
over to make the score 31-27 in Boland’s favour.
Williams stretched the lead with a 57th-minute penalty before the
Leopards clawed their way back into the contest once again when hooker
Edgar Marutlulle barged his way over in the left-hand corner for a
The Leopards then hit the lead for the first time since the 30th minute
when lock Brendon Snyman barged his way over from close-range for a
converted try in the 67th minute to make sure of the victory.
Leopards – Tries: Berty Visser, Marius Fourie, Jaco
Grobler, Robert Kruger, Edgar Marutlulle Brendon Snyman; Conversions:
Andre Pretorius (3); Penalty: Pretorius.
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Cheswin Williams, Eric Zana, Cornal Hendricks, Zandre Jordaan; Conversion: Williams; Penalties: Williams (4).