Currie Cup

Pumas hang on for Leopards Currie Cup win




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The Pumas hung on as the Platinum Leopards came back from a 20-13 halftime deficit to win Friday night’s Currie Cup match in Potchefstroom 27-26.

The visitors scored four tries to two but had the good fortune to have a conversion awarded that looked to be off target – and that could have made the difference as the losers slumped to their 22nd defeat in 23 matches in the Premier Division of the 2009 and 2010 Currie Cup competitions.

The win was the Pumas’ third of the season while the Leopards remain winless. Clayton Durand accounted for 16 of the Leopards’ points.

The home side would have been especially disappointed with conceding the two early tries as they had more to do with defensive lapses than too much industry from the attackers.

Slowly but surely the Leopards clawed their way back into the contest and they grabbed their first try, through industrious scrumhalf Theo van Wyk, in the 15th minute.

Ten minutes later the hosts grabbed the lead for the first and only time in the match thanks to a penalty from flyhalf Clayton Durand.

However the Pumas sneaked backed into the lead courtesy of a Pretorius penalty before Johan Jackson stretched the gap to seven points with a try five minutes before the break.

The Pumas began the second half well when centre Tiann Meyer, rounded off a move to dot down for a converted try.

But the Leopards then scored a good try through speedy winger Dumisani Matyeshana and two penalties from Durand left them one-point short of their opponents with eight minutes of the match left.

Final Score Pumas 27 Leopards 26


Platinum Leopards:
Tries: Theo van Wyk, Dumisani Matyeshana;
Conversions: Clayton Durand (2);
Penalties: Durand (4).

Tries: Braam Pretorius, Shaun Venter, Johan Jackson, Tiann Meyer;
Conversions: Pretorius (2);
Penalty: Pretorius.

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