The Leopards went on the rampage against the SWD Eagles on their way to an impressive 49-31 win (half-time 21-0) in their Currie Cup First Division match at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
The Leopards came into the match as hot favourites after winning their first four matches in the competition while SWD had managed just one win from their first three games.
The hosts’ good form continued as they ran in seven tries to six to strengthen their lead at the top of the table and are now guaranteed to host a semifinal while they have given themselves a real chance to secure a home final if they get that far.
However, the Leopards, after opening up a commanding 49-5 lead, were made to work hard for the win in the end as SWD finally found some form to run in four unanswered tries to add some gloss to the scoreline.
The Leopards made all the early running as they eased to a 21-0 lead at half time thanks to tries from flank Loftus Morrison, right wing Dean Gordon and left wing Bradley Moolman.
The hosts continued their good form in the second half as flyhalf Gene Willemse and outside centre Adrian Vermeulen both crossed for converted tries before the home team were awarded a penalty try.
SWD finally opened their account when inside centre Ozard Martin du Toit dotted down in the 56th minute for the first of his two tries in the match.
The Leopards took their score to 49 after Gordon crossed for his second try of the match before SWD sparked their late comeback.
Du Toit and replacements Christo du Plessis, Kurt Haupt and Daniel Roberts all grabbed tries but it was to no avail as the Leopards held on for the win.
Leopards – Loftus Morrison, Dean Gordon (2), Bradley Moolman, Gene Williemse, Adrian Vermuelen, Penalty Try; Conversions: Johan Deysel (6), Williemse.
SWD – Tries: Ozard Martin du Toit (2), Christo du Plessis, Kurt Haupt, Daniel Roberts; Conversions: Leighton Eksteen (3)