Juarno Augustus bounces 125kg prop with terrifying ease
Northampton Saints No8 Juarno Augustus might actually be the most freakishly strong ball carrier in the Gallagher Premiership when at full flight, and he showed why against Bath on Friday.
Making his first appearance after almost a month out, the 115kg forward went over for a try in the first half, proving to be nearly impossible to stop from close range after breaking free from a driving maul. It was perhaps his carry after receiving a kick off that was most impressive in the first half, as he proceeded to clatter into and discard Bath forwards at will. One of those was 125kg tighthead prop D’Arcy Rae, who was unceremoniously smashed onto his backside during a rampaging run from the South African.
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This was on the way to a 45-26 win for the Saints a week after losing 62-8 against Bristol Bears. The win keeps them in the top four in what is shaping up to be an enthralling climax to the season.
Following the victory, Northampton director of rugby Phil Dowson said: “We had to show that last week’s result was an anomaly and our boys deserve a bit of credit for the way they reacted.
“It wasn’t an ideal performance but it would have been easy to go into our shell as obviously there were nerves after last week’s outing.
“However we played with a lot of energy and tried a lot in attack but we still have work to do on our defence as we still have a points differential of minus 62.
“The table is ridiculous in terms of how tight it is as we had hoped to chase Sale down but that now looks unlikely after seeing the quality of Bristol last week.
“We’ve got a two-week break now to prepare for our visit to (London) Irish and that’s all we are focusing on at present as we’ve only won one game away in the Premiership all season and that’s not the form of a top-four side.”