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Rugby | Vodacom Cup

Tim Whitehead © Gallo Images

WP finish second after Leopards win



Western Province secured second spot in the South section of the Vodacom Cup with a 26-12 (halftime 17-12) win over the Leopards at Olën Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

The Leopards started off like a runaway train and had a lead of 12 points after only eleven minutes thanks to tries by Stompie de Wet and BG Uys.

The last try was converted by flyhalf Dauw Steyn, but unfortunately that is where the Leopards scoring stopped.

The visitors came to grips with the very wet turf and centre Tim Whitehead scored the first WP try in the 22nd minute.

Flyhalf Kurt Coleman converted to take the score line to 12-7 in the Leopards’ favour, but five minutes later it was the turn of wing JJ Engelbrecht to outsprint the defenders to score.

Coleman converted again, then added a penalty just before the break as WP took the lead and pulled away.

The rain came down in torrents in the second half but the superb playing surface was still playable, a compliment to Leopards groundskeeper Karen Crafford.

Coleman kept the scoreboard ticking along with penalties in the 57th, 61st and 79th minutes to take WP to a 14-point victory.

The wet conditions made running rugby very difficult, but the visitors showed their skills with a wet ball.

For the home team the scrumhalf Whes Moolman had a very good game. He never gave up and tested the visitors’ defence on numerous occasions.

Debutant captain Walter Venter led the team well and Ligtoring Landman showed that he has a better future on number seven flank than at lock.

The visitors were well captained by the veteran JD Möller while Adriaan Fondse and Quinn Roux dominated the lineouts. Coleman is a polished flyhalf and he only missed one attempt at goal while his distribution was outstanding.

Scorers:

Leopards 12Tries: Stompie de Wet, BG Uys. Conversion: Dauw Steyn.

WP 26 – Tries: Tim Whitehead, JJ Engelbrecht. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2). Penalties: Coleman (4).

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