No 8 Khanya Ncusane scored Western Province’s crucial third try against the Golden Lions in the unofficial Craven Week final.
Province never trailed in the match, but with the result in the balance at 20-17, Ncusane showed great awareness to stay with fullback Gianni Lombard as a support runner. The athletic No 8 then took a long pass and sprinted away for the try that ultimately sunk the Lions.
Ncusane also played an influential role in his side’s forward dominance.
‘I feel honoured to be called a hero, because I don’t see myself as one,’ said Ncusane. ‘It wasn’t a great week for me. I started off slowly on Monday and even though I did play better on Wednesday, I wasn’t happy with my contribution because I knew I could do more. Today was undoubtedly my best performance at Craven Week and the try was just the end result of a great game for me.’
The 18-year-old was also part of last year’s WP Craven Week team, but he rates this year’s success as the ultimate.
‘After a long month of the toughest training I’ve ever experienced, it is very satisfying to head home as champions again,’ added Ncusane. ‘There won’t be any wild celebrations for us, though, because school starts on Monday.’
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