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Leopards experiment in Currie Cup friendly



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Both the Leopards two front-line flyhalves Clayton Durand and True Blue Smit have been cleared to take the field in a friendly against the Pumas in Potchefstroom on Friday afternoon in a  Currie Cup friendly.

Neither of the pair is likely get more than 20 minutes on the field which will probably see Theo van Wyk and Russell Jeacocks also getting a run at flyhalf.
Van Wyk, contracted as a scrumhalf, was cleared from a concussion scare and will probably start the game in an unfamiliar role at 10.

Durand’s been the number one flyhalf for the past two season and the kicker with the best conversion rate in SA rugby, while Smit is an attacking option and could play any other position in the backline.

Jeacocks has made the fullback spot his own, but could be devastating closer to the action and both he and Smit could well be the solution at inside centre.

The Leopards field another experimental side against the Pumas with a macro pack which includes all four locks with weight and height obviously playing a role.

Os van der Walt is the biggest of the tightheads under contract but has had very little game-time.
Both flankers Rudi Mathee and Ligtoring Landman are probably better locks, but they might be needed to bulk up the pack at some stage this season against some of the heavier packs.

This experiment could also prove how important Draad Linde is to the Leopards lineout and the role he plays, not only as the main ball-winner, but organising this facet of play.

Regular captain Wilhelm Koch should also get a run after returning from Nairobi where he represented the Emerging SA Sevens side.

Leopards team:

Russell Jeacocks; Nicky Kritzinger, Basil de Doncker, Japie Nel, Colin Lloyd; Theo van Wyk, Michael Bondesio; Christo van Niekerk ©, Ligtoring Landman, Rudi Mathee, Draad Linde, Anthonie Gronum, Os van der Walt, Gavin Williamson, Nardus Lombard.

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