The Wildebeest maintained their drive towards Vodacom Cup glory with a comfortable 38-16 victory over the Leopards in Rustenburg on Thursday night. Michael Vlismas reports.
But the competition favourites had to overturn a 13-10 deficit at halftime, and a team loaded with Springboks gave them a clear edge in the second half as Brent Russell, Gcobani Bobo and Solly Tyibilika were amongst the scorers of the five tries.
Steve Meyer converted all five and a penalty.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls retained their place in the top two on the log with a comfortable 43-22 victory over the Mighty Elephants in Port Elizabeth. The Blue Bulls led 28-12 at the break and were never really threatened against the underachieving Elephants.
Blue Bulls centre Frikkie Welsh capped a fine game with two tries, while scrumhalf Neil Powell also scored a brace.
In Wellington, the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs delivered a crushing blow to the final hopes of the Boland Cavaliers when they beat their hosts 34-20. The Bloemfontein team led 22-6 at the break and picked up a bonus point for their five tries amidst a recent run of success that has come far too late in the competition. Wing Phillip Burger scored a brilliant hat-trick.
Griquas managed a close-fought victory over a tenacious but out-muscled Border Bulldogs side, winning 27-20 in East London. The match was deadlocked at 17-17 at the break, but the home team could only manage a penalty by scrumhalf Oliver Fowles in the second period as their points ran dry.
Mighty Elephants 22 (12)
Tries: Chris Jonck, Sivuyile Kobokana, Noel de Villiers. Conversions: Michael
Gallanetti (2). Penalty: Michael Gallanetti.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 43 (28)
Tries: Frikkie Welsh (2), Neil Powell (2), Marius Delport, Attie Ntya. Conversions:
Len Olivier (5). Penalty: Jacques Potgieter.
Boland Cavaliers 20 (6)
Tries: Louw Schabort (2). Conversions: Ossie Damons (2). Penalties: Corrie Avenant (2).
Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 34 (22)
Tries: Phillip Burger (3), Hendro Scoltz, Dougie Hellmuth. Conversions: Albert
Keurnis (3). Penalty: Albert Keurnis.
Border Bulldogs 20 (17)
Tries: Dumisani Matyeshana, penalty try. Conversions: Reinhard Gerber (2).
Penalties: Reinhard Gerber, Oliver Fowles.
Griquas 27 (17)
Tries: Juan du Toit (2), MJ Mentz. Conversions: Zane Kirschner (3). Penalties: Zane
Leopards 16 (13)
Try: Juan Piet. Conversion: Anver Schoonie. Penalties: Anver Schoonie (2), Collin
Wildebeest 38 (10)
Tries: Jaco Gouws, Brent Russell, Cedric Mkhize, Gcobani Bobo, Solly Tyibilika.
Conversions: Steve Meyer (5). Penalty: Steve Meyer.