Western Province have made a strong statement of intent in the early stages of the Currie Cup by gaining a maximum 10 points from two games‚ indicating the title they won in 2017 will have to be prised from their grasp. Friday’s 57-28 win over the Pumas in Nelspruit followed a 32-0 thrashing of the Cheetahs at Newlands the week before. WP and the Golden Lions are the only unbeaten teams in the tournament. They will clash at Ellis Park in a fortnight. Coach John Dobson has blooded several youngsters while also relying on some seasoned Springboks. But he will be without Wilco Louw‚ Damian de Allende and Sikhumbuzo Notshe for at least two weeks as they jetted to Australasia with the Springboks on Saturday. Losing that seam of talent will test the depth at the union‚ but the coach is not concerned. "Youngsters such as Herschel Jantjies and Ernst van Rhyn really stood up against the Pumas‚" Dobson said. "And we still have the likes of Dan Kriel‚ Chris Massyn‚ JJ Engelbrecht and Salmaan M...

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