The Leopards scored a surprise 29-24 win over the Valke in Brakpan.
The win sees the First Division side heading into the second play-off with a slight advantage, but the performance at Bosman Stadium suggests the minnows could enter the top flight next season. They led 10-6 at half-time and continued to improve as the game progressed.
The Valke stayed in touch in the second period, but Leopards fullback Jan van Zyl put the final nail in the coffin when he finished off a counter attack. The next game will be played on Friday in Potchefstroom where the Leopards will enjoy home advantage.
Valke – Tries – Hanno Coetzee, Poerie van Rooyen, Dewald Coetzee. Conversions: Jeffrey Perkins, Van Rooyen (2). Penalties: Perkins.
Leopards: Tries – Jaco Bouwer, Jan van Zyl. Conversions: Clinton Durand (2). Penalty: Durand (5).