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Leopards make the big step up

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams on 25 Oct 2008 at 07:06

The Leopards will hunt with the big game of the Currie Cup competition next season, after defeating the Falcons for a second weekend in a row in Potchefstroom on Friday.

They outscored the Falcons 27-19 in their gutsiest performance of the season.

Rugby 365 reports that in the end the victors scored two tries to the Falcons’s one, both superb efforts by their wings Jan van Zyl and Vuyo Zangqa, the latter probably the Man of the Match.

The Leopards tackled like true champions for the first time this season in a first half dominated territorially by the Falcons and they put their bodies on the line.

Absorbing the pressure for as long as 25 minutes, pinned down in their own 25, finally won them the match.

They turned 9-13 down at the break, with three penalties by their ace goal-kicker Clayton Durand to show for their guts.

Falcons fullback Petrus van Rooyen scored all his teams points, which included a brilliant break-away try from deep inside his own half when they turned over possession.

There were more than just two Leopards stars on the park, but Zangqa needs a special mention. His magic turned the tide when the Falcons had an iron grip on the game, both on attack, in defence and with his underrated boot.

Fullback Van Zyl had a second try disallowed by the TV ref, but this helped him to equal the all-time Leopards record of 19 in a season.

Scrumhalf Michael Bondesio also warrants special mention. He absorbed great pressure in the first half and showed that he is indeed the best No.9 currently in the province.

The Leopards often turned over possession during their time near their goal-line which kept the Falcons from scoring and away from their try-line.

It was an all-out team effort and youngster WD Botha chipped in with eight vital points when the chips were down, to take the Leopards clear of the Falcons in the final quarter.

He slotted two penalties and a difficult conversion after attempting a monster 60-metre kick soon after taking the field.

The Falcons will have to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of this defeat, with many of their star players leaving the union.


For the Leopards:
Tries: Van Zyl, Zangqa
Con: Botha
Pens: Durand 3, Botha 2

For the Falcons:
Try: Van Rooyen
Con: Van Rooyen
Pens: Van Rooyen 4


Leopards: 15 Jan van Zyl, 14 Vuyo Zangqa, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Basil de Doncker, 11 Colin Lloyd, 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Riaan Swanepoel (captain), 7 RW Kember, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Draad Linde, 4 Antonie Gronum, 3 Dietlov Coetzee, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Nardus Lombard.
Replacements: Pellow van der Westhuizen, Os van der Walt, Rynard Landman, Bennie Adams and three from Theo van Wyk, WD Botha, Japie Nel, Paul Bosch, Anvor Schooney.

Falcons: 15 Petrus van Rooyen, 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Franco Booysen, 12 Alwyn Burger, 11 Johan Swartz, 10 Hanno Coetzee (captain), 9 Gerrie Odendaal, 8 Reg Muller, 7 Thabo Mamojele, 6 Gert Lubbe, 5 Doepie du Preez, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Frik Venter, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Gavin Whittingham.
Replacements: 16 Jody Jeneker, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Daan-Roux van Coller, 20 Sean Plaatjies, 21 AN Other, 22 AN Other.

Referee: Marius Jonker
Touch judges: Willie Roos, Peter de Bruin
TMO: Michael Cupido


  • I really do feel for the Valke, the have just not had the buying power to stay with the bigger unions in an attempt to keep their players.

    That said though, I think the Leopards have got the necessary financial backing to build a team that could see them take over top spot of the three minnow teams in no time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.10.08 07:13:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • well done leopards, new meat for the sharkies lol

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.10.08 07:36:27 by jarsonx Reply
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  • The Valke had most of the ball in the match and camped in the leopards half, but they just couldn’t convert it into tries. A few times they had overlaps and players went themselves and were stopped.

    Their future is a bit uncertain now. The Leopards will have to buy a few players if they want to compete in the top 8

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.10.08 08:24:34 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) :

    The Leopards have actually already announced a player signing or two last week if I recall correctly.

    Valke were losing 9 players even BEFORE this result.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.10.08 08:55:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Was at the Game on friday night… you could see that the leopards wanted it more than the Valke, but i would have to agree with you on the fact that the leopards need a few seasoned campainers, just to lead the young one`s… looking forward to see the 2008 Currie Cup Champs in my hometown in 2009…

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.10.08 08:22:36 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 5) :

    I think they have already signed a Valk or two, I’m sure we will see more names in the next few days.

    I am looking forward to see them next season.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.10.08 08:38:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : yip, hope we still get a few. Leopards have good Structures, if they can get to keep their players, they could match the griquas all the way… or maybe even better them…

    all the unions signings will come through this week hey? or they should. i see in the Rapport that Victor said that they are looking at a few guys at flank for the Bulls… wonder who they can be?

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.10.08 09:27:47 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 7) :

    they probably want Deysel 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.10.08 09:29:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : They can keep on dreaming… 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.10.08 09:42:35 by just blackshark Reply

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  • i think this is good for rugby. potch and rustenberg have the resources to get a strong team going. the valke are the griffons of gauteng, they feed off the discards of other unions instead of building up a team. leopards could become the sixth team with some good financial backing from the platinum mines of the nw.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.10.08 09:44:26 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Talking bout Deysel….well done for making sure that last ball is almost out of teh stadium!!! 😆 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.10.08 09:45:26 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 11) :

    Yeah He BOOTED that thing. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.10.08 09:49:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 11) :

    He probably tuned Steyn afterwards. “THAT’S how you kick a ball into touch”

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.10.08 09:50:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: At least we know now that he really pays attention… 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.10.08 09:52:18 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • the only area that really needs to pull its socks up now is eastern cape. but as long as corruption is number one business policy there, they will never get out the slump they are in. ep and border need to look at cleaning out their boards and maybe even create a new union with the intent on becoming a top 8 currie cup team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.10.08 09:53:12 by try time Reply

  • My dad’s a WP supporter, he reckons if WP dissapoints next year , he’s goona shout for Border…at least then he knows what the outcoem of each game would be and wont be nervous when they play! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.10.08 09:55:20 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 16) : 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.10.08 10:16:22 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 16) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – Hey, now we can proudly give our choker necklace to Province… oh, i forgot, you have to actually get to a final to choke… 😉

    GO SHARKS and Leopards!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.10.08 10:33:27 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) : WP Currie Cup winners 32 times.Chokers.Ja.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.10.08 10:51:36 by PJLD Reply
  • @VanWilder (Comment 18) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    @PJLD (Comment 19) :

    Net ‘n ou grappie… 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.10.08 10:56:34 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 20) : Moet my teampie a bietjie defend, jy weet mos.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.10.08 10:57:56 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 21) :

    which is fair… 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.10.08 11:02:23 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Watched the leopards Valke game and glad with the outcome. Think the Leopards is here to stay, they have a stronger structure the most provinces. Wont be easy to play the MielieBoere in Potch and they have Pieter van Zyl backing them to keep the refs in tact. 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.10.08 11:02:50 by PaarlBok Reply

  • By the way congrats to all the Sharks suporters, hope you had a great weekend. Myself was pretty upset with our powercut and havent watched the first half at all.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.10.08 11:04:02 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 23) : ha ha! Good old Piet. I wonder what’s become of him

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.10.08 11:06:05 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 21) :

    As jou teampie net vir ‘n slag wil defend dan sal dinge makliker wees vir jou. 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.10.08 11:08:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) : dankie boet.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.10.08 11:08:44 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) :

    Geez Parools, you should know what the language in my house was when SS transmission was interrupted!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.10.08 11:10:40 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 27) : Plesier. As a neutral I can promise Paarl was stunned by the result. Not many Sharks supporters around here, but plent Brute and All Black ones, that is if WeePee dont play.

    Think you lot have to take rocall, those not on duty maybe in the Tjoekie after saturday.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.10.08 11:13:04 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 28) : Do you had the laptop on your skoot? ❓

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.10.08 11:14:26 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) : Thanks PB…

    @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 25) : Speaking of Piet, I wonder how our friend Piet Pienaar is doing… 😀

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.10.08 11:15:01 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 28) : how did they manage that? Sky didn’t lose picture…

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.10.08 11:16:27 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 31) : didn’t you see the news? Pienaar spent yet another night drying out in the chookie…

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.10.08 11:17:14 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 32) : Somebody is in the unemployment line today.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.10.08 11:19:30 by PJLD Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 32) :

    The excuse they gave on TV was that weather knocked the feed to Randburg out.

    That pissed me off even more. because if that was the case how could they distribute from Randburg to Sky and to Showsport?

    unless the game was important enough for Showtime and Sky to send their own crews to cover the match.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.10.08 11:20:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 32) :

    Supersport had no signal for just over 10minutes. came on just after Ruan had scored his try.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.10.08 11:22:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 30) :

    Not te tiekie!! Eks soos jy! LOL

    @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 32) :
    @PJLD (Comment 34) :

    Agree PJLD!! I grabbed the baby’s cd player and listened to RSG in those few minutes! :mrgreen: And it was when Habana made a run for the line and Fred tapped and Frans tackled…sheesh – that was nerve wrecking few minutes!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.10.08 11:23:01 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 33) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.10.08 11:23:12 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 37) :

    Habana made a run for the line and Fred tapped and Frans tackled

    Ja I still haven’t seen that bit 🙁

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.10.08 11:26:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : nope… sky definitely showed the SS feed.

    @PJLD (Comment 34) : nah – he’ll still write for us

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.10.08 11:28:06 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) :

    Saw it yesterday in te re-view…whateve you call it…heruitsending! :mrgreen:

    Habana looked SCARED!!

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.10.08 11:29:01 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : moment of the match

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.10.08 11:29:29 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : Me neither

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.10.08 11:42:06 by PJLD Reply
  • To get back to the MielieBoere game. Was impressed by their passion and intensity in that final stanza.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.10.08 11:44:13 by PaarlBok Reply


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