De Kock brace sets up Leopards
JJ de Kock scored a brace of tries to lead the Leopards to a 45-22 (halftime 10-10) win over the Valke in their Absa Currie Cup First Division qualifier at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday.
Right wing De Kock scored a try in each half as the Leopards secured their second consecutive win of the season although they were made to work hard for their victory as they found themselves trailing 22-17 after 55 minutes of the match.
However, the visitors went on a scoring spree in the final quarter of the contest as they scored 28 points in the last 19 minutes of the game to secure the win.
The Leopards eventually ran in six tries to three to run out comfortable winners in the end.
The Valke had scored first in the contest through a seventh-minute drop goal from flyhalf Juan Kotze before the Leopards struck back seven minutes later when De Kock went over for his first try.
The two teams went to the break locked at 10-10 after the Valke nabbed their first try, through left wing Rian Arends before Leopards flyhalf Andre Pretorius kicked a penalty with five minutes left in the half.
The Valke opened up a five-point lead eight minutes after the restart when Arends streaked over for his second try only for the Leopards to eke out a two-point lead, in the 52nd minute, when lock Francois Robertse crashed over for a converted try.
The hosts took the lead for the last time in the match when fullback Arno Poley went over for a converted try to make the score 22-17 in the host’s favour.
However, the rest of the game belonged to the Leopards as they scored tries through replacement loose forward Sthembiso Santo, De Kock, replacement centre George Tossel and flank Juan Language.
Valke – Tries: Rian Arends (2), Arno Poley; Conversions: Juan Kotze (2); Drop goal: Kotze.
Leopards– Tries: JJ de Kock (2), Francois Robertse, Sthembiso Santo, George Tossel, Juan Language; Conversions: Andre Pretorius (6); Penalty: Andre Pretorius.