Vodacom Cup

Leopards secure quarter-final spot

2015-05-09 09:27
Adriaan Engelbrecht (Gallo Images)

Windhoek - The Leopards XV secured their spot in the Vodacom Cup quarter-finals with a bonus-point 33-25 (half-time 26-15) victory over the Welwitchias at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Friday evening.

Vice-captain and flyhalf Shaun Michael Kaizemi dominated the scoreboard for the Welwitchias but it was not enough to prevent the Leopards from securing fourth spot on the log and a trip to either the Cape or Kimberley to face Western Province or Griquas respectively in the quarterfinals.

Kaizemi scored a brace of tries, a conversion and a penalty for a match haul of 15 points while lock Nico Esterhuyse and fullback Russell van Wyk completed the solitary bonus point for the hosts.

But the night belonged to the Leopards, who secured their bonus-point before halftime with tries from flankers HP Swart and Jaco Jordaan, prop Stephan Bezuidenhout, flyhalf Kobus de Plessis and hooker Dane van der Westhuizen. Inside centre Adriaan Engelbrecht slotted four out of his five shots at goal for a near-perfect night with the boot.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring through Esterhuyse as early as the fifth minute but the Leopards struck back almost immediately with their first try through Swart. Engelbrecht slotted the conversion to hand the visitors a 7-5 lead.

It took just three minutes more for the visitors to extend their lead when Bezuidenhout rumbled his way over the line for a 14-5 lead as Engelbrecht added the extra two points.

Kaizemi then stamped his mark on the game halfway through the first half as he slotted a penalty and then scored and converted his own try to hand the hosts a slender one-point lead after 21 minutes.

But the lead was short lived as the Leopards came storming back with a try through Du Plessis which Engelbrecht converted. Engelbrecht missed his only kick of the night after Jordaan landed the bonus-point punch in the corner as the Leopards entered the changeroom 26-15 to the good.

Kaizemi was at it again after the restart, slicing his way through the Leopards’ defence with his second try of the match, although the flyhalf wish he had remembered his kicking boots as he missed his third kick of the night.

Kaizemi compounded his kicking misery when he sliced his penalty attempt just five minutes later – a total loss of nine points for the evening.

The Welwitchias were right back in the game after 53 minutes when fullback Van Wyk dived over in the corner for his side’s fourth try to bring the hosts to within one point of the Leopards as Kaizemi missed yet another chance at goal.

Hooker Van der Westhuizen rubbed salt into the wounds in the final ten minutes when he scored the visitors' fifth and final try of the night as the Leopards made sure of a pleasant trip home.



Tries: Shaun Michael Kaizemi (2), Nico Esterhuyse, Russell Steven van Wyk

Conversion: Kaizemi

Penalty: Kaizemi

Leopards XV

Tries: HP Swart, Stephan Bezuidenhout, Kobus du Plessis, Jaco Jordaan, Dane van der Merwe

Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (4)

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