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Monday, August 31, 2009

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 8

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 8

South Africa's premier domestic competition, the Currie Cup, is in full swing and round 8 produced a host of great tries and one major upset in particular.

Argentinian wizard Juan Martin Hernandez made his home debut for the Sharks in Durban against Western Province, but it was a day to forget for the locals as Western Province took the honours 21-9.

Tonderai Chavhanga got on the end of a nice try after a great counter and some quick hands. Big All Black lock Chris Jack also scored for Western Province after a nice bit of play by Bath bound Luke Watson.

Hernandez himself had a pretty poor match, but did slot a trademark snap drop.

The Cheetahs put in one of the performances of the weekend as they blasted away Griquas 58-13. Speedster Jongi Nokwe was on form as he scored a hatrick of tries and assisted in a few others.

Nico Breedt, who spent a season at Toulon not long ago, finished off one of the tries of the match after another Nokwe break, then a great switch by Springbok Sevens star Robert Ebersohn.

The Leopards picked up their first win of the season as they thrashed Boland 50-16 in Potchefstrooom, scoring a handful of great tries on the way. Wing Bom Samaai, number eight Christo van Niekerk, and scrumhalf Michael Bondesio.

One of the upsets of the weekend though was the Jukskei Derby as the Lions beat the Blue Bulls 20-13 at Ellis Park, with nice tries by Jano Vermaak and Alwyn Hollenbach.


Time: 05:53
Music: Pretty Thing by Evolver, and Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Community: Discuss the Currie Cup on our forum

Posted at 7:54 pm | 24 comments

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Robin August 31, 2009 7:56 pm

first! wow...this feels good...not. some nice tries! ;)

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FrankyH August 31, 2009 8:07 pm

Jongi Nokwe is turning into a seriously classy winger. I still question his defensive game I guess, but wow he's looking impressive with ball in hand. Matured really nicely.

Some great tries. Hernandez was disappointing this weekend though.. Give him time I guess.

Loved the Nico Breedt try. Ebersohn ftw.

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Anonymous August 31, 2009 9:34 pm

Some absolutely brilliant handling on display in some of those clips, and the result was some fantastic team tries. I thought South African rugby was all about kicking?!?!

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ToulouseFan August 31, 2009 10:29 pm

Great stuff here !
I'm sad to hear that Hernandez had a poor match and is always reduced at kicking drop goals...
But that winger Nokwe is a great one, wasn't he tried with Boks in last tests before Lions tour and has been poor ?
Anyway that try at 2:30 is not a rugby try... That's a US Football touchdown ! Really looks like a fight between the receiver and the cornerback :)

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Steak for dinner September 01, 2009 12:56 am

"The pick-up is guuuhhooooood!"

And that tackle by the griquas defender at 2:50 - funny stuff.

I love these domestic matches because the refs are so much more lenient. Many of the breakdowns here, and in that Top 14 clip, could have been penalized for going into the ruck from the side, going off their feet, etc. but because they're not blatant attempts to ruin the game, the refs let it slide unless it's really obvious/dumb.

It makes the game much nicer to watch when it flows without constant whistles/penalties.

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jamestheconvict September 01, 2009 2:00 am

great to watch

has to be strongest local comp in the world

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Anonymous September 01, 2009 6:36 am

awesome free-flowing rugby..
diff parts of the world really do play very diff styles of rugby.

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opfazonk September 01, 2009 9:40 am

great clip! and great to see chris jack scoring again, he's been really impressive this season! if the crusaders wont take him for the S14 i guess the stormers will be happy enough to keep him ;)

who's that guy scoring for the lions at around 2:05? the dive looked so funny :D

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Greiffel September 01, 2009 1:43 pm

Yeah Alwyn Hollenbach. He played for the SA under21 side as far as I remember. Good player, nice to see him making the step up already.

Funny dive though for sure.

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Anonymous September 01, 2009 2:00 pm

This Nokwe guy looks a bit good, is he capped or in the current springbok squad?

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Greiffel September 01, 2009 2:31 pm

Jongi Nokwe made his debut for the Springboks last year, and scored 4 tries against the Wallabies actually, but unfortunately injured his leg when scoring the fourth.

He's great backup for the current Bok wingers if need be.

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Barney September 01, 2009 4:25 pm

I totally agree about Jongi Nowkwe every time i seee him play he seems to have improved! The handeling in the second try was sick too!

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Anonymous September 01, 2009 5:57 pm

Great clip, the music is totally confusing though. I felt like I had another music web open at the same time as trying to watch the rugby.

Just keep it to the commentary or the music.

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Anonymous September 02, 2009 12:08 pm

The offloads in some of those tries are amazing and what running rugby should be all about.

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Mr Rossouw September 02, 2009 2:50 pm

I'm far from a Watson fan, BUT even I have to admit that that little pop pass while being tackled by to men... Absolute magic!

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Anonymous September 02, 2009 6:58 pm

The Southern Hemisphere - the land that tackling forgot...

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Jon September 02, 2009 11:19 pm

Really? Those are the same teams that gave the Lions a run for their money.
Didn't have any trouble tackling the best players from four 6 nations teams. Maybe because they can't offload in contact.

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Anonymous September 03, 2009 1:05 pm

jongi nokwe.... take a bow my son

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Anonymous September 03, 2009 2:19 pm

The southern hemisphere - the land of the 1st 2nd 3rd in the world!!!

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Anonymous September 03, 2009 2:34 pm

I LOVE THE CURRIE CUP - Best rugger I see is in this comp. More please RD!

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Anonymous September 03, 2009 5:10 pm

disappointed with the SHARKS!!but absolutely great rugby..the CURRIE CUP rocks!!

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Anonymous September 04, 2009 10:00 am

Can't believe the BULLS lost....but love the currie cup!

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