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Leopards rout Valke in Potch
Craig Ray
MWP
March 22, 2013

Veteran former Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius turned back the clock with a polished performance to steer the Leopards to a comfortable Vodacom Cup win over the Valke in Potchefstroom on Friday.

Pretorius landed six conversions for a personal haul of 12 points as the home team scored seven tries to earn five points from the match and temporarily move to top of the northern section standings on 10 points.

Last week the Leopards thrashed the Limpopo Blue Bulls 110-3 and against the Valke they simply picked up where they had left off six days earlier.

The home team had scored three tries after only 11 minutes and with more than an hour to play the result was already beyond doubt.

The Valke were a fumbling mess and were strangely subdued a week after they had thrashed the Golden Lions 27-22 in Brakpan.

Pretorius, who played the last of his 31 test matches nearly six years ago, calmly dictated matters with great tactical awareness behind a dominant pack.

The 34-year-old has lost pace and may never grace a higher stage again, but at this level he showed that class is permanent, even when measured against the ravages of time and an injury list that would fill its own casualty ward.

Scrumhalf Jacques Olivier slipped over for the Leopards’ first try in the fifth minute and No 8 Morné Hanekom completed the second only three minutes later. When fullback Danie Demas crossed for the Leopards’ third try in the 11th minute the small home crowd could scarcely believe what they were watching.

The Valke briefly fought back with a penalty by flyhalf Wesley Roberts and a try by No 8 Friedle Olivier to narrow the deficit to nine points as the match reached the quarter mark.

But from then on the Leopards used their forward dominance to subdue the Valke and add another four tries to secure the five points.

SCORERS:

LEOPARDS – Tries: BG Uys, Danie Damas, Edmar Marais, Jacques Olivier, Morné Hanekom (2), Akker van der Merwe. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (6).

VALKE – Try: Friedle Olivier. Conversion: Wesley Roberts. Penalty: Roberts. Drop-Goal: Juan Kotze.

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Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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