Johannesburg - The visiting Leopards were in a dominant mood and scored six tries en
route to their 45-17 (halftime 31-10) victory over the Regent Boland
Cavaliers in the Currie Cup first division match played at Boland
Stadium, Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
According to the supersport.com website, Boland were the first side on the scoreboard after flyhalf Eric Zana
kicked an early penalty and the hosts were ahead 3-0 with barely four
minutes gone in the match.
This stunned the visiting Leopards into action and after great hands by
hooker Edgar Marutlule it was outside centre Hennie Skorbinski who
dotted down. Adriaan Engelbrecht kicked the conversion and the score was
7-3 to the team from Potchefstroom.
Engelbrecht kicked a penalty to extend the lead after Boland were guilty
of an indiscretion on the ground. Boland flanker Ben Venter was then
shown a straight red card after he punched an opponent and this proved
to be vital in the context of the afternoon.
Winger Edmar Marais scored a splendid try after he was released by
fullback Jarryd Buys and Engelbrecht kept his perfect record intact with
Barely two minutes later Marais returned the favour and after a superb
run down the touchline he drew a couple of would-be defenders and passed
the ball to Buys. The debutant scored his first Currie Cup try and the
Leopards were ahead 24-3 with 28 minutes gone.
After sustained pressure on the Boland tryline it was Marutlule who
barged over to score the bonus-point try for the visitors. Engelbrecht
added the extras and Boland seemed dead and buried, trailing 31-3 with
five minutes left in the half.
Braam Gerber scored on the stroke of halftime and Zana converted the try
give his side a glimmer of hope going into the break trailing 31-10.
Zana showed a superb turn of pace and individual skills with a line
break to allow his fullback Jacquin Jansen to score a try with five
minutes gone in the second half.
The conversion by Zana narrowed the deficit to 31-17 and Boland had the
opportunity to impose themselves in the game, especially as Marutlule
was yellow-carded for a professional foul.
George Tossel then proceeded to put the result beyond doubt with two fine tries in the space of eight minutes.
The first was after the centre had broken the line and the second was
after the Leopards had pounced on the counter and he rounded off under
Engelbrecht kicked both conversions and the visitors had opened up a substantial gap at 45-17.
The last quarter of the game was a scrappy affair with both teams giving
their substitutes a run. Neither team managed to trouble the scorers
further and when the Leopards knocked on after the siren had sounded,
referee Ben Crouse blew his whistle to end the encounter.
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Braam Gerber, Jacquin Jansen; Conversions: Eric Zana (2); Penalty: Zana
Leopards – Tries: Hennie Skorbinski, Edmar Marais,
Jarryd Buys, Edgar Marutlulle, George Tossel (2); Conversions: Adriaan
Engelbrecht (6); Penalty: Engelbrecht