Rugby

Scarra relishes Saracens duel

2014-11-04 14:34
Scarra Ntubeni (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province hooker Scarra Ntubeni is looking forward to testing himself in new conditions when the Currie Cup champions face up to Saracens at Allianz Park in London on Sunday.

Ntubeni was on Monday named in a 24-man WP touring squad that will leave for London on Thursday to face up to the 2013/14 European and Premiership runners-up in the first-ever Sanlam Private Investments Challenge.

“It’s a great opportunity for the entire touring party,” Ntubeni told the WP Rugby website ahead of Sunday’s clash (kick-off 13:00 local time; 15:00 SA time).

“It’s not often that you get a chance to play against a top European club and I’m particularly excited about playing on the artificial surface at Allianz Park - having heard so much about it.”

Ntubeni toured Europe with the Springboks at the end of last year and although he did not get any game time he still learnt plenty on the trip.

He is expecting to add to his rugby experience this time around too, but, as one of just two hookers in the group, he is relishing the prospect of game time in Europe - even after a tough Currie Cup campaign.

“I haven’t played against any of these Saracens guys before, so it will be a new experience in many ways.

“You can never stop learning and experiencing new things as a tight forward… you always want to test yourself against the best players from all over the rugby world in all kinds of conditions,” said Ntubeni.

A good crowd is expected at Allianz Park on Sunday and Ntubeni is hoping for plenty of blue and white support in North London.

He said: “As a brand, Western Province is well supported around the rugby world and we’re expecting no less in London this weekend!

“We’re all looking forward to the trip. Some guys in the squad haven’t been to London before, so we need to squeeze in some sight-seeing, but we’re also excited to see our London-based fans and, most importantly, to give a good account of ourselves on the field on Sunday.”

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