Griquas bagged a morale-boosting win - continuing their roller-coaster Currie Cup ride - with a clinical 32-18 victory over the Leopards in Kimberley on Friday.
The hosts made their intentions clear from the start, racing to a 13-0 lead after 24 minutes, and never looked back.
Fullback Rudi Vogt was successful with the first kick of the match, bagging three points with an early penalty attempt.
Centre Jean Stemmet then went over with the opening try of the match in the 17th minute.
Vogt converted and six minutes later he added another penalty to give the home side a clear advantage.
Leopards wing Hoffman Maritz eventually got the visitors on the board when he dotted down in the 28th minute, and flyhalf Wesley Dunlop converted to keep them in the game.
Griquas, however, regained their advantage shortly before the break when wing Riaan Viljoen scored a try in the dying minutes of the first half, which Vogt converted to give them a 20-7 lead.
The Leopards, to their credit, continued to fight, and Dunlop took advantage of handling errors by the hosts to add six valuable points, slotting two penalties shortly after the break.
Striking back for the hosts, however, substitute Matthew Rosslee went over midway through the second half to stretch the gap again and keep Griquas on the front foot.
Eight minutes later the Leopards countered once more when eighthman Morné Hanekom went over for the visitors, but Dunlop missed the conversion, and those would be their last points of the match.
Flank Davon Raubenheimer barged over for Griquas with six minutes left, and while his try was disallowed, replacement Wilmaure Louw - who first came on for Justin Downey and then replaced Earl Rose - stormed over on the right two minutes later for the bonus point.
Substitute Monty Dumond converted the try to secure the win.
The Leopards were left trailing in last place in the standings with only five points from as many matches.
Tries: Louw, Rosslee, Stemmet, Viljoen
Cons: Dumond, Vogt 2
Pens: Vogt 2
For the Leopards:
Tries: Hanekom, Maritz
Pens: Dunlop 2
Griquas: 15 Rudi Vogt, 14 Riaan Viljoen (captain), 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Jean Botha.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Matthew Rosslee, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Wilmaure Louw.
Leopards: 15 Clayton Durand, 14 George Tossel, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whestley Moolman, 8 Morné Hanekom (captain), 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Philip De Wet, 5 Christo Van Niekerk, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Bêrend Botha, 18 Roelof Van Heerden, 19 Spanner Pretorius, 20 Theo van Wyk, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Jovan Bowles.
Referee: Joey Salmans
Assistant referees: Stefan Breytenbach, DeGoede Haasbroek
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