The Sqaud gathered today for the first time for our now annual fixure against the FFRugby – Fédération Française de Rugby U18 team and the Federazione Italiana Rugby U18 team. Our brother up north linked up with us today where a couple of boys from the Western Province Rugby Institute joined us to further bolster the squad. The boys enjoyed a solid Breakdown and Defence session where the techniques were further sharpened and the readjustment of attitudes reinhanced. 3 more weeks of prepr before our first fixture and the boys are hungry to produce the goods.
Today we commenced our first round of testing for WPRA students for 2017. The weather was spectacular and setup a good day for testing for the boys. We started off with our generic gym and body testing; and then shot off onto the field to do the fitness and agility tests. The boys worked hard through this area and it is normally the more challenging area of the testing.
At 12pm lunch was served and the boys got to sit down and get a bit more social with each other before the skills testing at 1pm. The skills were basic passing and contact skills. Each player was watched carefully by our staff and debriefed post the testing on what follows next.
All in all a good day for the future hopefuls for 2017.
Marius has developed into one of the top Flyhalves at the WPRA and has been consistently performing for club and academy throughout the entire year of 2016. His tactical kicking, varied style of attack and goal kicking has created serious opportunities for the teams he has represented to go on and produce results. A general in the pocket when under pressure and a maverick in open play; Marius has the ability to play rugby at the next level. Here is a look at his year thus far.
Kurt-Lee Arendse, Keegan Fortune and Andre Manuel have all been putting in some stellar performances for Boland Kavaliers U20 this year. Here are some highlights of them linking up and finishing off some superb tries.
The WPRA played host to the Babyboks this week for what was described by the players as an “Awsome Experience”.
Organised to be a good test and training game for the junior Boks squad who are preparing for the Worl Rugby Junior World Championship this year, the WPRA fielded a squad to play 4 chukas against the Babyboks in what turned out to be an ideal way for the Bok management and coaching staff to assess and test the squad combinations and plays against a WPRA side that certainly fronted up to the SA players and tested every aspect of the boks play. This kind of experience is a fantastic learning experience for the WPRA players as they continue on their quest to develop as players and professionals.
The game was played at a high intensity, in an exciting, physical and good sportsmans like spirit, with the WPRA players relishing their opportunity to match themselves against the best the country has to offer in junior rugby. We are honored to have hosted @bokrugby today and wish them all the best going into the world rugby junior championship in June.
The WPRA played two fixtures against the newly formed Boland Institute.
The first game was a typical tight affair as both teams were looking to gain the ascendancy and implment theor game plans. The WPRA side were the more clinical in executing their plan in the first 40 minutes,
taking the lead 19-5. However, the 2nd half saw the Boland side show some enterprising play which resulted in a try that narrowed the scoreline. The WPRA then went on to finsih strongly with Ishmaeel broking through on a blindside run and linking up with new Argentine Wing Martin, who had to beat two defenders on his way to the try line to score a well deserved winning score.
The 2nd main game started off according to plan for the WPRA with some brilliant hard running lines from the forwards who set up the opening try within 2 minutes of play, by eventual man of the match Jordaan Schoeman. Boland returned the favour directly after conceding and the WPRA were made aware of the attacking prowess that existed in a Boland backline which featured two 2015 WPRA Graduates (Kurt-Lee Arednse and Keegan Fortune).
The WPRA defended well throughout the game with good physical dominance which set the platform for some explosive running rugby from the backs and some no-nonsense hard runs from the forwards. Combined with solid scrums and lineouts, the WPRA set a solid platform to strike from and produced a great all-round performance.
We look forward to the return fixture on the 2nd May at the Boland Institute’s home ground.
Class of 2016, are You Ready To Enter The Storm? This next year is going to one you are never going to forget. With new facilities, equipment and a new resurgence of intensity; we are ready to take you to you the next step in realising your dreams. Lace up, hold your breath and get ready to enter the storm.