The match saw two hat-tricks being scored, both by the visitors, with No 8 Jo-Hanko de Villiers and winger Madosh Tambwe dotting down three times each. In all, the visitors scored eight tries, with the Leopards picking up a bonus point with four of their own.

The teams had to battle the blistering North West heat, but the Leopards also had to contend with a hot Xerox Golden Lions XV.

However, it was the home side who drew first blood en route to an early 8-0 lead via a Lincoln Daniels penalty goal and a try courtesy of hooker Marius Stander.

This was the only time in the match that the home side were leading and after overtaking them on the scoreboard, the Xerox Golden Lions XV never relinquished their dominant position.


Leopards - Tries: Marius Stander, Johan Retief, Chriswill September, Eugene Hare. Conversions: Lincoln Daniels (2). Penalty: Daniels.

Xerox Golden Lions XV - Tries: Jo-Hanko de Villiers (3), Madosh Tambwe (3), PJ Botha, Ulrich Maritz. Conversions: Jeanluc Cilliers  (6). Penalty: Cilliers.