Vodacom WP recorded their second pre-season victory against a Namibian XV in Windhoek on Saturday, outscoring the home side 7 tries to nil.
The match signalled the team’s final preparation match ahead of South Africa’s premier domestic competition, the Absa Currie Cup. The squad will enjoy a rest day on Monday and wrap up the week’s training in the form of a 3-day camp in the Helderberg region later this week.
Vodacom WP head coach Allister Coetzee will be happy with the 45-6 victory over the Namibian outfit. With many first choice players on National duty, Coetzee utilised the opportunity to test the depth of many junior and Vodacom Cup players.
“It was a tough, hard game,” said Coetzee. “They fielded a physical pack. It was valuable match practice.”
The coach will also be happy with the way in which his youngsters stuck to their structures. “Namibia sent many players into the breakdown, to slow down ball. We stuck to our structures and our scrumming was good. Our line-outs can still improve,” commented Coetzee.
Many of the Province tries came late in the second half and Terry Jacobs continued his try-scoring form, which saw him as one of the top try scorers in the Vodacom Cup, by adding two to his tally. Vodacom WP fullback Joe Pietersen, who was later moved to wing to accommodate replacement Gio Aplon, received the Man of the Match award. Both players were outstanding on the day.
In addition to coming home with the FNB Challenge Cup, the Cape based team and management thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of their hosts in Namibia. “The support in Windhoek was fantastic,” said Team Manager Chippie Solomon. “It’s always such a pleasure to visit a place where people are so visibly passionate about Province and about rugby.”
Tries: Deon Fourie, Justin Melck, Schalk Ferreira, Terry Jacobs (2), Adriaan Fondse, Dylan Des Fountain.
Conversions: Ricardo Croy (5)Tweet