Saal’s try-scor­ing prow­ess a bonus for Prov­ince

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

DUN­CAN SAAL has be­come a try-scor­ing ma­chine this year, dot­ting down 15 times.

He got 10 of them for Maties in the Var­sity Cup, the most in the com­pe­ti­tion – his side won the ti­tle for a record fourth time.

It earned the rightwing a place in the se­nior Western Prov­ince side cur­rently de­fend­ing their Su­per­Sport Rugby Chal­lenge ti­tle (SRC), and he got a brace in his first out­ing against the EP Ele­phants.

He fol­lowed that up with a hat-trick against the Bor­der Bull­dogs.

“Dun­can has had a nice start to the SRC,” said WP coach John Dob­son.

“He has elec­tric at­tack­ing skills and works hard on de­fence.

“He’s very pro­fes­sional, very com­pet­i­tive and works off the ball very well.

“He’s im­pressed me and I’m sure he’s headed for higher hon­ours.

“There are a num­ber of other play­ers catch­ing the eye,” con­tin­ued Dob­son.

“Tris­tan Leyds, who starred for the Univer­sity of the Western Cape in the Var­sity Shield, has been quite good at full­back, so too scrumhalf Her­schel Jan­tjies, who scored a brace last week­end in the derby vic­tory over the Boland Cava­liers.”

Jean- Luc du Plessis ( fly­half) and Frans Mal­herbe have made starts and since been re­called to the Storm­ers for the Su­per Rugby cam­paign.

“I think No7 Jo­han du Toit is our next big star. His car­ries and workrate are out of the top drawer.

“The list goes on, we in the prov­ince are blessed with tal­ent and it’s been my plea­sure work­ing with them,” said Dob­son.

As for Prov­ince’s SRC cam­paign, they re­main un­beaten and top the South Sec­tion with 14 points from a pos­si­ble 15, the lost point for not scor­ing four tries against Boland at New­lands.

Boland held the lead with five min­utes to play be­fore Prov­ince con­verted a penalty to claim a 23-12 win, their 14th in a row which in­cludes 11 from last sea­son.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance,” said Dob­son. “Though credit must go to our neigh­bours who al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion against us at New­lands, and they pushed us all the way.

“But from our side there were too many penal­ties and a yel­low card wasn’t part of the script.

“We were up 15-0 and should have buried them.

“We have a bye this week­end and then head to Oudt­shoorn for a tough as­sign­ment against un­beaten South Western Dis­tricts on Sun­day, in what will be another one of those rugby fes­ti­val vibes that we all en­joy be­ing part of.”

SWD have recorded two good bonus-point vic­to­ries to date and to­day tackle the Boland Cava­liers with the chance of leapfrog­ging Prov­ince should they col­lect another five-point haul.

IN FORM: Dun­can Saal, left, chal­lenges Wits’ Lwazi Mon­akali.

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