NEWS ARTICLES
Leopards hold off fast-finishing Border
MWP
September 21, 2012

The Platinum Leopards had to fight off a strong second-half performance from the Border Bulldogs before securing a narrow 43-40 (half-time 31-14) win in their Absa Currie First Division match at the BCM Stadium in East London on Friday.

Both teams ran in six tries but the Leopards must have thought that they had the match wrapped up by half-time as they took a 31-14 lead into the break against a Border team which has failed to win a match this season.

But the hosts turned it on in the second half with a second try to inside centre Niell Jacobs, a try to lock Gareth Krause, a try to left wing Joe Seerane and a penalty try to come within spitting distance over the Leopards who moved into third position on the log after the victory.

Left wing Allister Kettledas ran in a brace of tries for the visitors while flyhalf Andre Pretorius kicked five conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of 13 points.

The Leopards made a fast start to the match with a try in the second minute to centre Justin St Jerry and two minutes later his centre partner Hennie Skorbinski glided over.

Border finally hit back in the 17th minute when wing Chumani Booi dotted down for a converted try before Kettledas dotted down for the first time in the 21st minute.

The Bulldogs did narrow the gap Jacobs’ second try but on the hooter Leopards fullback Malan van der Merwe scored a wonderful break-out try after the Bulldogs had been hard on attack on the Leopards’ tryline.

Border’s fightback started in the fourth minute of the second half when they were awarded a penalty try before the Leopards re-re-established their dominance with two tries in nine minute to lock Brendan Snyman and Kettledas.

But Border nabbed three tries in 11 minutes through Jacobs, Krause and Seerane to narrow the gap to just three points with five minutes left in the match but it proved to be a bridge too far for the men from East London,

SCORERS

BORDER BULLDOGS – Tries: Chumani Booi, Niell Jacobs (2), Penalty Try, Gareth Krause, Joe Seerane; Conversions: Reinhardt Gerber (5).

PLATINUM LEOPARDS – Tries: Allister Kettledas (2), Hennie Skorbinski, Justin St Jerry, Malan van der Merwe, Brendan Snyman; Conversions: Andre Pretorius (5); Penalty: Pretorius.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, August 29 2014
16:00 - Border U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup First Division
18:00 - Border Bulldogs vs Valke
BCM Stadium, East London
19:00 - SWD Eagles vs Leopards
Outeniqua Park, George
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Steval Pumas vs Cell C Sharks
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
Saturday, August 30 2014
00:00 - Limpopo 2 (Potgietersrus) vs Pumas 2 (Sasol)
Absa Under 19 Competition
10:30 - Griquas U19 vs Valke U19
GWK Park, Kimberley
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Sharks U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:00 - Griquas U21 vs Valke U21
GWK Park, Kimberley
Absa Under 19 Competition
12:15 - Boland U19 vs Pumas U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:30 - Leopards U21 vs Sharks U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch

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