SWD Eagles beat Leopards in thrilling 97 point match
The SWD Eagles managed to hold on and beat the Leopards by 47-50 in Potchefstroom. In a match that saw 11 tries it was a battle untill the final whistle.
The Eagles took a 20-16 point lead into the break. It was however the Leopards that started the game looking like they might run away with the game. Morne Hanekom scored the opening try just 6 minutes in and after the conversion and a penalty by adriaan Engelbrecht they were 10-0 up. The Eagles fought back and after some brilliant pressure Shaun Raubenheimer crossed the line. Justin van Staden converted the try.
The Leopards hit back with another Engelbrecht penalty. The Eagles took the lead after a Dumisane Meslane try being converted. The sides then trade penalties before the break.
The second half started with a yellow card for the Eagles’ Schalk Oelofse and the Leopards scored immediatly with Edgar Marutlulle getting over the line. Van staden then slotted a penalty to fraw the scores level. The leopards regained the lead through a Johann Laker try. The conversion was missed. The Eagles hit back with a penalty before the Leopards’ hanekom scored his second try. This time Engelbrecht made sure of the conversion.
Van Staden drew it back to a 7 pointer before the Leopards’ Peet van der Walt got yellow carded. The Eagles took advantage of the extra man and Martin du Toit and Gerrit Smith went over. , both of which were converted by Van Staden.
Alshaun Bock then added to his tally of tries this season. He has 12 tries behind his name now, including 2 hat-tricks. Van Staden converted to make it 35-50.
The Leopards with just over 6 minutes left on the clock ran in two quick tries. Jarryd Buys scoring first with Engelbrecht converting. Then it was Martin Dreyer that score. This time the conversion was missed. The Leopards however kept coming and then lost the ball long after the hooter had sounded. A knock on stopping them and giving the Eagles victory.
Leopards – Tries: Morne Hanekom (2), Edgar Marutlulle, Johann Laker, Jarryd Buys, Martin Dreyer. Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (4). Penalties: Engelbrecht (3).
SWD Eagles – Tries: Shaun Raubenheimer, Dumisane Meslane, Martin du Toit, Gerrit Smith, Alshaun Bock. Conversions: Justin van Staden (5). Penalties: van Staden (5).
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