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Pau stay perfect with win over Agen

Pau’s Benson Stanley

Pool 3 leaders Pau maintained their 100 per cent European Challenge Cup record with a bonus-point 26-12 victory over Top 14 rivals Agen.


Pau ran out 40-21 winners when the two sides locked horns last Friday and struggling Agen were unable to gain revenge at Stade du Hameau six days later.

Lucas Rey and Benson Stanley scored tries in a first half played in driving rain as the home side took a 14-0 advantage into the break.

Yoan Tanga ploughed his way over early in the second period to give Agen hope and added a second try late on, but Sean Dougall and Laurent Bouchet dotted down at the other end to claim the extra point in a feisty contest.

Pau are eight points clear of second-placed Gloucester, with Agen a further six points back.


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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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FEATURE Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma