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Leopards maul Border Bulldogs
MWP
July 19, 2014
The Leopards scored 15 tries in beating the Border Bulldogs 103-15 (halftime 54-3) in a lost cause at Profert Olen Park on Saturday.

The Leopards knew they had to win with a bonus point to have any hope of catching the Griquas in the race to the Currie Cup Premier Division, and they did what they had to do with clinical efficiency in a free-flowing rout.

They kicked off with hope in their heart and a determination to push all the way. But it was all in vain as, at about the time they put boot to ball, the Griquas scored their fourth try against SWD Eagles and all but sealed their promotion after just half an hour's play in George.

The bitter news probably filtered through during the match, but never did the Leopards let up, playing as they have throughout the season by putting the ball out wide for the dynamic backline. Right wing Sylvian Mahuza notched a hat-trick of tries before halftime, among five others. He went on to touch down four times, as did left-wing flyer Luther Obi. The two wings ended top try-scorers of the qualifying series with 10 apiece.

Obi started the rout in the fourth minute and the bonus point was secured by two tries from Mahuza and one by centre George Tossel within 21 minutes.

The hapless Border team, who ended the series without a win, made early substitutions, captain and hooker Blake Kyde and No 10 Oliver Zono departing in the 27th minute.

But nothing they did could stop the flow, and they were eight tries down by halftime. They regained some pride when they scored twice in the second-half. But the Leopards added seven tries after the break, only one coming from the forwards.

Leopards captain Andre Pretorius collected a personal tally of 28 points through 14 conversions, missing just one effort at goal. The Leopards will look back at the one-point loss they sustained at Griquas in June. Throughout the season, they gathered six four-try bonus points in five wins with their enterprising play.

Scores:

Leopards (103) – Tries: Luther Obi (4), Sylvian Mahuza (4), George Tossel (2), Hoffman Maritz, Dillon Smit, Morne Hanekom, Francois Robertse, Kobus de Kock. Conversions: André Pretorius (14).

Border (15) – Tries: Michael Makase, Bangi Kobese. Conversion: Masixole Banda. Penalty: Masixole Banda

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, October 03 2014
12:45 - Leopards U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:30 - Down Touch Griffons vs SWD Eagles
North West Stadium, Welkom
Absa Under 21 Competition
14:15 - Leopards U21 vs Golden Lions U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 19 Competition
15:00 - Sharks U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Under 21 Competition
15:00 - EP Kings U21 vs Limpopo BB U21
Framesby High School, PE
Absa Currie Cup First Division
16:00 - Leopards vs Valke
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:45 - Sharks U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Cell C Sharks vs Xerox Golden Lions
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
19:10 - Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, October 04 2014
00:00 - Boland U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington

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