‘WP entertaining and successful’

What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about this weekend's Currie Cup matches.

'I feel very sorry for the Kings because they showed some good form, but they came up against a Lions side that, along with Western Province, are favourites for this competition. They scored some fantastic tries tonight and I thought the scoreline wasn't a fair reflection on the Kings' efforts.

'We're seeing some good enterprising play so far this season. Teams are willing to get the ball out wide and there's been some great interplay between backs and forwards.

'I thought the Pumas scored some great tries on Friday night. The try where [Stefan] Watermeyer threw the dummy on the inside, went through and got the offload. The one where the flyhalf went over in the corner, and another great one off the back of a lineout, where Watermeyer scored himself. I thought he had a great game.

'It's so nice to be able to talk about backline players handling the ball as much as they are at the moment and good interplay between forwards and backs, without losing any impact at set pieces or on defence.

'Western Province are really playing some nice, attacking, 15-man rugby at the moment. They're proving that you can play attractive rugby and still be successful.

'I enjoyed all four games and saw a lot of young players making their mark. I think there'll be a couple Super Rugby coaches having a look at them.

'The coaches are giving their players the confidence to play. Instead of telling them to not make mistakes, they're encouraging them to go out there, to create opportunities and to score tries.'

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