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Leopards get their first Currie Cup win

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The Leopards lifted themselves off the bottom of the Currie Cup log with their finest display of the season in Potchefstroom on Friday night, beating the Boland Cavaliers 50-16.

The Leopards scored six tries in their first victory of the competition, which could have a significant effect on the rest of their season including play-off qualification in the later stages. New Leopards flyhalf Cecil Dumont notched up 25 points.

Two of the Leopards players, left winger Bom Samaai and new No 8 Christo van Niekerk, each scored a brace of tries, with one going to Dumont and another to livewire scrumhalf Michael Bondesio.

Van Niekerk had his best game in a Leopards jersey since joining the side from the Griffons two seasons ago, but he wasn’t the only star.

Tighthead prop Philip Lemmer was brilliant with a work-rate not often seen by a No 3, tackling like a loose-forward, scrummaging well and handling the ball. Lemmer and locks Ligtoring Landman and Draad Linde in particular laid the foundation for their loose forwards to play forward.

Bondesio always kept the Boland defenders honest and Dumont did all the small things correctly. Samaai can thank outside centre Jovan Bowles for both his tries after neat grubbers behind the defence.

This victory should lift the Leopards’ confidence for next weekend’s home game against Griquas.

Final Score Leopards 50 Boland Cavaliers 16

Scorers:

Leopards:
Tries: Bom Samaai (2), Christo van Niekerk (2), Cecil Dumont, Michael Bondesio.
Conversions: Dumont (4).
Penalties: Dumont (3).
Drop goal: Dumont.

Boland:
Try: Carel Hoffmann.
Conversion: Justin Peach.
Penalties: Peach (3).

_ The Leopards Under-21s also picked up their first win of the season, beating their Boland counterparts 43-19 in a curtain raiser

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