WP claim runaway victory over French club

Scarra Ntubeni (Gallo Images)
Scarra Ntubeni (Gallo Images)

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

The defending Currie Cup champions scored four tries in the first half to lead 24-7 at the break.

They crossed the whitewash five times in the second period, conceding just two against their French opponents.

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 posts and the try was converted by flyhalf Josh Stander to put WP 17-0 up after the opening 15 minutes.

Hooker and captain Scarra Ntubeni claimed an overthrown lineout by Narbonne to go over for the fourth try, before the French 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 tryline and De Wet get over for his second try.

Narbonne claimed an intercept try late on, but 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 Cape side will conclude their tour with a match against Montpellier on Thursday.

WP scorers:

Tries: Juarno Augustus, Paul de Wet (2), Dan Kriel, Scarra Ntubeni (2), Salmaan Moerat, Dillyn Leyds (2)
Conversions: Josh Stander (5), Leyds (2)

Western Province team:

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

Substitutes: 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

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