Cometh the hour, cometh the man has seldom been more applicable to a local rugby player than Leopards vice-captain Johan Deysel, who has stepped up to the tee, so to speak, in their last two games.
The Namibian international converted 12 of the unbeaten Leopards 14 tries in their last two games against the Welwitschias and the Griffons in the First Division.
With Rhyno Smith on Sharks duty, the Leopards were minus a goal-kicker, and Deysel took it upon his for the first time since his days as a pupil in Windhoek in 2009.
He has scored 37 points in his last two outings, which included two tries.
Deysel has shot to fame for his try for Namibia in last year’s Rugby World Cup against the famous All Blacks.
The Leopards side for Saturday’s game in Kempton Park against the Valke will only be named on Thursday night, but they will have to replace winger Rowayne Beukman.
Beukie has a hairline fracture in his check and jaw area and will be under the knife next week, which could signal the end of his season.
Flanker HP Swart, who is the current top try scorer in the First Division after his hat-trick against the Griffons, will be at his post against the Valke.
The Leopards will still be holding their breath that flyhalf Gene Willemse will pass a fitness test to face the Valke.
A victory in Kempton could secure the Leopards a home semifinal in the competition on October 1.