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WP score 9 tries against Narbonne

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DHL Western Province scored nine tries on their way to a resounding 59-14 victory against French side Narbonne in a pre-season friendly in Millau on Saturday.

The defending Currie Cup champions scored four tries in the first half and five in the second, conceding just two against their French opponents.

DHL Western Province scored four tries in the first half and conceded a single penalty try to take a 24-7 advantage into the half-time break.

The visitors got on the scoreboard early on with unconverted tries from No.8 Juarno Augustus and scrumhalf Paul de Wet.

Inside centre Dan Kriel then scored under the poles and the try was converted by flyhalf Josh Stander to put them 17-0 up after the opening 15 minutes.

Hooker and captain Scarra Ntubeni claimed an overthrown line-out by Narbonne to go over for the fourth try, before the Franch outfit had the final say in the first half with a penalty try.

Ntubeni went over for his second try from a driving maul early in the second half, while a few quick taps saw Salmaan Moerat cross the whitewash and De Wet get over for his second try.

Narbonne claimed an intercept try late on, but DHL Western Province responded with a superb individual effort from replacement Dillyn Leyds who converted his own try before adding another after the final hooter to seal the victory.

The scorers:

For DHL WP:
Tries: Augustus, De Wet 2, Kriel, Ntubeni 2, Moerat, Leyds 2
Cons: Stander 5, Leyds 2

For Narbonne:
Try: Penalty try

DHL Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 SP Marais, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Salmaan Moerat, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Scarra Ntubeni (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Michael Kumbirai, 20 Ramone Samuels, 21 Kobus van Dyk, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Dillyn Leyds, 24 JJ Engelbrecht.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Just watched this. If half the flankers from the Cape could just grow some balls and learn to be fearless on the ground instead of wanting to be glory-boys… ZAF would have an endless line of world-class POC open-siders. Yes Juarno Augustus I am talking to you… and Nizam Carr and Notshe and Kolisi…

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  2. @Craven: he is, I am really excited by him, he needs a coach to teach him the dark arts though. Basically, he needs to toughen the hell up, as he is seriously talented

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  3. @Craven:

    Agreed but by ‘great’do we mean another Carr, Kolisi, Notshe that are not fit to lace up the pit-bulls that are Hooper, Carter, Todd, Pocock, Van Staden, Kriel, Smit?

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  4. @Aldo:

    Why does a coach have to ‘teach’ anyone we deem test quality?

    Burger
    McCaw
    Pocock

    The list goes on… they need nowt teaching just beasts from 18…

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  5. @bryce_in_oz:

    Surely it is too early to compare a young player only entering senior rugby with established players and wanting to deem if he will be as great as them?

    I mentioned that he has potential, and that he has, in bucket loads.

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  6. @bryce_in_oz: off course we should. Should we not use the Currie cup to work on shortcomings in a young guy with potential? Or do we just say he has shortcomings, so will never be good enough?

    Not everyone is Burger who set the world on fire at 20, most players go through a learning phase.

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  7. @bryce_in_oz: cos nowhere in my post do I see me calling for him to be included in the test squad. I said he was talented, that he is, but he has shortcomings that can all be changed before he becomes a test player

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  8. Jeez, Pocock first played Australia A, before being picked at age 20 to play Hong Kong, he barbarians and then Italy. He was brought in slowly and properly, that is how I would like our youngsters with talent to be managed, which is a pipe dream.

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  9. @Aldo: let me fix that though, to play against the AB’s in Hong Kong.

    He had already then played for Australia A in the pacific nations cup. Boy, if we speak in terms of building depth, we need the Bok A side to take part in a tournament like that. Does the pacific nations cup still exist Bryce?

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  10. @Craven:

    ‘Physical attributes’? You mean he ‘looks’ the part… but yes I do like the look of him.

    The same cannot be said the others I mentioned from Province…. whereas the other list saw every one of those players performing from the day they entered the senior ranks. You can add JLDP to that too…

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