Preview: Platinum Leopards v Barloworld Toyota Pumas

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Head to Head: Platinum Leopards v Barloworld Toyota Pumas (since 2005):
P: 7 W: 4 L: 3 PF: 317 PA: 199

24/06/2005 Leopards 56 Pumas 43 Puma Stadium, Witbank
30/06/2007 Leopards 26 Pumas 34 Puma Stadium, Witbank
18/08/2007 Leopards 22 Pumas 24 Olen Park, Potchefstroom
26/07/2008 Leopards 54 Pumas 14 Olen Park, Potchefstroom
19/09/2008 Leopards 77 Pumas 29 Puma Stadium, Witbank
03/10/2008 Leopards 50 Pumas 18 Olen Park, Potchefstroom
17/07/2010 Leopards 32 Pumas 37 Puma Stadium, Witbank

“Barloworld Toyota Pumas flyhalf Elgar Watts scored a first-half hat-trick to steer his side to a thrilling 37-32 victory over the Platinum Leopards during week two of the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division.”
Platinum Leopards’ recent form at home:
• The hosts have already suffered three home defeats – against Vodacom Western Province (42-23), GWK Griquas (41-27) and the Xerox Lions (43-13) in this season’s competition.

• The Platinum Leopards won only one home game during last year’s Absa Currie Cup Premier Division, a 50-16 victory over the Boland Cavaliers.

Barloworld Toyota Pumas’ recent form on the road:
• The visitors have already conceded three defeats on the road during the 2010 Absa Currie Cup against the Vodacom Western Province (54-13), Vodacom Blue Bulls (38-15) and The Sharks (27-17).

• The Barloworld Toyota Pumas won all five of their away games during last year’s Absa Currie Cup First Division.

Additional information:

• Michael Bondesio, Wilhelm Koch and Anthonie Gronum will all be playing in their 50th matches for the Platinum Leopards on Friday night. This includes all games played in the Absa Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup and Competition friendlies.

• Barloworld Toyota Pumas winger Allistair Kettledas scored 18 tries in the 2009 Absa Currie Cup First Division, just one short of Colin Lloyd’s record of 19 in 2006.

• The Platinum Leopards’ Philip Lemmer achieved his SA Colours in amateur wrestling.

• The Pumas’ Hannes Franklin and Jacques Coetzee represented the Auto & General Lions during the 2010 Vodacom Super 14.
• Flyhalf Cecil Dumond (Platinum Leopards) is the brother of The Sharks flyhalf Monty Dumond.

• Shaun Venter (Barloworld Toyota Pumas) represented the Springbok Sevens during the 2009/ 2010 IRB Sevens World Series.

• SARRA referee Pro Legoete will handle the game between the Barloworld Toyota Pumas and the Platinum Leopards.

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