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Weekend Rugby Wrap: 5 Takeaways

The URC returned to action as the international season wrapped up in the United Kingdom. Bet Central brings you 5 takeaways from this past weekend.

Weekend Rugby Takeaways

It was a weekend in which the URC returned to action as the international season wrapped up in the United Kingdom. Bet Central brings you 5 takeaways from the past weekend.

Stormers Have Strength In Depth

The Stormers were without a few of their stars as they returned to action after a few weeks of rest with the Autumn Nations Series in progress at the time. The Springboks had one final Test at Twickenham which meant Stormers were without the services of star playmakers, Manie Libbok and Damian Willemse as well as rising 8thman Evan Roos.

It was no problem for John Dobson’s side as their replacements fitted seamlessly into the side and thrived in a comfortable 36-19 win over the Scarlets. It was a clear indication that the Stormers have built depth and their squad is deep.

Nizaam Carr Makes Sensational Return To South Africa

In the first game of his 2nd stint with the Bulls, Nizaam Carr made a successful return to the side putting in a Man of The Match effort on Saturday. 

It would have been a moment of real joy for the 31-year-old loose forward who has endured a tumultuous couple of months after Wasps were placed under administration in the Gallagher Premiership. He will no doubt be a valuable addition to Jake White.

Sharks Struggle Without Springboks

Contrary to the Stormers’ business-as-usual narrative without the Boks. Their coastal rivals the Sharks had a nightmare against Cardiff failing to score any points while the Welsh side put 35 on them. 

It is partly due to the personnel that is unavailable to the Sharks, but the coaching must also shoulder some of the blame for a shambolic showing.

Willemse Is Gold For The Boks

Damian Willemse started the Test season in brilliant fashion for the Springboks against Wales in June and on Saturday ended it with his best showing yet in the green and gold no.10 jersey. 

While there were a few below-standard performances throughout the season – not entirely his fault. The 24-year-old made himself an important part of the Boks’ arsenal. Willemse is a key player going into 2023.

Australia End Frustrating Year On A High

Of all the international coaches around right now, no coach has had to deal with multiple problems more than Dave Rennie. From season-ending injuries to veteran duo Quade Cooper and Samu Kerevi right through to his regular skipper Michael Hooper having to take a hiatus mid-season due to mental issues.

He won’t be satisfied with the win percentage, but there were many positives throughout the season and the win over Wales will be a major confidence booster for a squad that has had terrible luck with injuries.

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