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.
Our year as an academy is coming to an end and we want to show the world what it takes to be a prat of our unique high performance program; that we believe is unrivalled anywhere around the world. Our innovative conditioning approach, coupled by the hard-nosed unrelenting coaching prowess we possess; produces the type of athlete that is capable of entering any Rugby Environment. Take a look at what the class of 2015 got up to.
The WPRA would just like to thank the Springboks of 2015; in their hunt for Rugby World Cup glory; for the special memories that they created for the WPRA. We were extremely honoured to be apart of their preparation and build-up leading towards their Rugby Championship and of course the RWC in England later this year. Here is a small token of appreciation and acknowledgement from us as an academy for the chance to train with and against our nations pride. We wish you all the best and “Ons Vir Jou” Bokke!
Song credit: Bok van Blerk ft Robbie Wessels – Ons Vir Jou Suid Afrika
As part of the their preparations towards the Rugby Championship and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the WP Rugby Academy spent three days this week assisting the Springboks at their training camp in Cape Town.
In what was a fantastic experience for the WPRA players, these aspiring professionals had to mix it up with their heroes and mentors this week, in three days of training at the Cape Town Stadium.
The young players and WPRA coaches helped the Springbok players and coaches in plays and drills that were designed to simulate game-situations and game-intensity at times.
With some drills requiring tackling, contact and speed to create the desired tempo and conditioning elements, the WPRA boys were at times put through their paces both on attack and defence as well as in skill specific drills.
“The WPRA players loved every minute of it and feel very privileged to have been part of the Boks preparations,” said Keith Milner, a Director and coach at the WPRA.
“The Springbok coaching staff, management and players were all fantastic and made us all feel very welcome and appreciated with the Bok players and coaches taking the time to lend their experience to the WPRA players and coaches at every opportunity. We learnt a lot in the three days of being part of the camp.
“The WPRA creates opportunities like this in order to further the development and inspire the players that WP Rugby have recruited as part of it’s development structures. We believe in continuing to inspire young players and opportunities like this are fantastic for the young players as they learn so much in terms of how to be a professional.”
Also part of the Sprinigbok camp was Dave Alred, the renowned High Performance coach who amongst others, was Jonny Wilkinson’s kicking coach up until the end of his career and advisor to the 2003 World Cup-winning England team.
The Springboks take on the World XV at DHL Newlands this weekend before starting their condensed 2015 Rugby Championship campaign ahead of the World Cup in England (September-October).
This week we trained with the one and only two time world cup winners and pride of the nation The Springboks. When an opportunity such as this presented itself to us an academy, we didn’t blink twice to jump at the opportunity to train with and against Bokke. With every boys’ aspiring dreams and goals to eventually play at the highest level and represent their country being at the pinnacle of their hearts; this truly was the uniquest and fastest ways that they got to experience what it would be like to be a “Bok for a day”.
The sessions were better than we could have ever imagined and we got the chance to work alongside the coaching staff as well as the players and learn some exciting new tricks of the trade. From the moment the boys trained with the Boks they got to experience the intensity of an international athlete and what he brings to a session; and how they approach different scenarios. It was eye-opener for most boys and a learning curve for the better. You don’t get much better than Etzebeth and Beast double teaming you in a tackle and surviving the hit! The Boks got to really push the boys to their limits and we were more than happy to watch the likes of Matfield run the lineouts, Steyn run the plays and even a sneaky sidestep from Cornal Hendricks.
We are extremely proud of how the boys handled the intensity and skill level of the 3 days and a lot of them really worked hard to put the kind of quality out on the field which we hold so high at the WPRA. This will be a major highlight in our year and possibly for the rest of our history.
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WPRA 2015 Graduate from the UK Luca Slowik; came to us having had numerous injuries in the past season which hampered his progress through the ranks at Bristol Rugby Club. He worked hard on getting back his fitness and Conditioning with us at the WPRA and steadily progressed through hard work on and off the field. Our approach to the way we condition players and prepare them for professional rugby helped provide him with the stepping stone to improve his confidence and athletic ability which we saw improved his all-round game. Having had the opportunity to train with the Stormers and against them at Newlands and at the HPC; it helped him lift his game awareness and vision of how it is done at the highest level. He has now returned to his club in the UK and left the WPRA a better more rounded person and player alike having experienced something only a few ever get to do in their lives at the
WPRA. We wish him all the best in the future and know that he will go on to achieve his dreams.