Leopards claw their way back to beat Pumas

The Leopards climbed off the bottom rung of the Currie Cup ladder with a convincing 27-15 win over the Pumas in Potchefstroom on Friday night.


The hosts fought back from a 14-7 deficit to secure a morale boosting win, their first of the competition, with debutant flyhalf Wesley Dunlop securing 12 of their points.


Leopards wing Danie Dames went over in the seventh minute and Dunlop converted to give them the early lead.


The Pumas, however, struck back with force as winger Deon Scholtz and centre Dewald Pretorius dotted down within seven minutes of each other.


Flyhalf Coenie van Wyk was successful with both conversion attempts and the visitors held a 14-7 lead midway through the first half.


Dunlop countered with a penalty, and flanker Luvuyiso Lusaseni and fullback George Tossel stormed over before half-time, with Dunlop converting both tries, as the Leopards took a 24-12 advantage into the break.


Van Wyk missed a penalty five minutes after the restart, but made up for it shortly afterwards with his team’s only three points of the second period.


Dunlop was also successful with a penalty attempt in the 58th minute, bagging the last points of the match.


The Pumas were left struggling after four rounds of the domestic competition as the only team without a win.


Final Score Leopards 27 (24) Pumas 15 (12)


Scorers


Leopards
Tries: Danie Dames, George Tossel, Luvuyiso Lusaseni
Conversions: Wesley Dunlop (3)
Penalties: Dunlop (2).


Pumas
Tries: Deon Scholtz, Dewald Pretorius
Conversion: Coenie van Wyk
Penalty: Van Wyk.

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