Lights out for Bulldogs as Leopards win
Peter Martin
September 19, 2014

The Absa Currie Cup First Division match between the Border Bulldogs and the Leopards ended in some confusion when the referee stopped the game after 18 minutes of the second half when the floodlights of the Buffalo City Stadium in East London refused to work.

At that stage the Leopards were leading 34-19 after taking a 29-14 lead at halftime. The visitors grabbed a bonus point and scored six tries to three.

Any ideas that the Border Bulldogs had of knocking off the spots of the visiting Leopards were soon dispelled when the visitors, playing some superb running rugby, had 14 points on the board after less than 12 minutes on the clock, and although Border managed to score two tries by halftime - both by eighthman Raynardt van Wyk - they were hopelessly outplayed by a more adventurous team.

Border scrumhalf Ntando Kebe led his team onto the field in celebration of reaching 50 caps for the Bulldogs.

Ably led by the experienced former Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius, the Leopards were continually looking to score, moving the balls skilfully among the backs.

The season’s largest crowd enjoyed the sniping runs of the Leopards’ backline, with scrumhalf Dillon Smit and Pretorius in complete control throughout the shortened game.

Pretorius enjoyed a breakaway try which he dotted down under the posts but he did not bring his kicking boots with him to East London, putting over only two of six conversions.

A feature of the match was that not one of the many kickable penalties was aimed at the post but each time the teams opted for lineouts and tries.

In the second half there was just enough time for Leopards wing AJ Jacobs to dot down for his second try while Border wing Makazole Mapimpi enjoyed a strong run down the right to score a magnificent try.


Bulldogs: Tries: Eighthman Raynardt van Wyk (2), right wing Makazole Mapimpi. Conversions: Coyi Banda (2).

Leopards: Tries: Flank Rhyk Welgemoed, flyhalf Andre Pretorius, fullback Rhyno Smith, left wing AJ Jacobs (2), centre Johan Deysel. Conversions: Pretorius (2).

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