Leopards hat trick sees Leopards down Pumas

An impressive hat-trick of tries from right wing Danie Dames made all the difference as the Platinum Leopards got their campaign off to a winning start in front of their home fans at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom.


The Leopards scored five tries and would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for a number of missed kicks by flyhalf Gerhard Nortier. The result wasn’t always so certain, with the visitors holding a slender 16-15 lead with just half an hour left of a hard-fought battle between two sides who had been playing Premier Division rugby in 2011.


With the home side trailing 13-5 in the first half, Dames showed just how dangerous his backline could be when given good first-phase possession when, from a scrum near the Pumas’ 22, the ball went through a number of pairs of hands until finding its way into the hands of the strapping winger, who cut inside to wrong-foot the cover defence.


Dames completed his hat-trick after an hour with yet another impressive display of power running, before centre Adriaan Engelbrecht’s penalty made Jaco Bouwer’s late try for the Pumas nothing more than a consolation score.


Platinum Leopards 32 (10) Pumas 23 (13)


Scorers


Platinum Leopards
Tries: Danie Dames (3), Allister Kettledas, Ernie Strydom
Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2)
Penalty: Engelbrecht.


Pumas
Tries: JW Jonker, Jaco Bouwer
Conversions: JC Roos (2)
Penalties: Roos (3).

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