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Monday, 29 June 2009 10:12

Cape Schools Week- Day One

 

It was a cold and blustry start to the Cape's traditional pre-Craven Week mid-year tournament held this year at the South African College School (SACS), featuring a few of the top rugby schools from the Western and Eastern Cape. With as much on the field festivities as off, this was sure to be a crackerjack tournament and so far it has not disappointed.

 

All eyes in the Cape were on the massive Classic Clash between Wynberg and SACS this past weekend, yet somehow this game which initially promised so much, failed miserably to deliver. Across the road however, in a surprisingly more quiet build up, Rondebosch managed to pile even more misery on Bishops' topsy-turvy season with a breathtaking come from behind victory away from home, their first against their biggest rivals in five years. Read More

 

The past weekend was stormy, rainy and down right depressing here in the Cape. We were looking forward to the Sharks vs Bulls game about as much as root canal work and for our beloved Stormers it was, in the shadow of the massive Sharks vs Bulls game, a rather inconspicuous end to a paltry season of Super 14 rugby.
The respective 1st XV coaches of Wynberg, Paarl Boys, SACS, Bishops, Rondebosch Boys and Paul Roos decided it would be a better idea to watch the Stormers play rather than proceed with their fixtures. Yes, the weather was THAT bad.

Friday, 19 June 2009 13:29

Triple Crown Beckons for Wynberg

It is surely safe to say that Wynberg has had a season to remember, claiming scalps against sides as big as Bishops and Paarl Gym, but there is something for a Cape Town school that will add so much more to the respective school's season.Ever since it emerged many moons ago that there are four top rugby playing school's in Cape Town, namely SACS, Wynberg Boys, Rondebosch Boys and Bishops, competition has been rife for one of the schools to claim a victory against the other. Over the years two derby's within the “Big Four” have emerged as massive games; SACS vs Wynberg and Rondebosch vs Bishops, yet an even greater honour is to claim a Triple Crown, that is for one team to beat all the other three.

 

“There is a spell upon this hill and heath; one never tires of it and it never comes twice upon one in the same aspect.”  - Sir John Herschel upon seeing W ynberg Hill, the location of Wynberg Boys' High.Indeed it has been a while since we have been spellbound by the quality of rugby produced by the boys from Lovers' Walk.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 20:41

In The Gym...SPRAINED ANKLE!

“Oops I rolled it again!" The sports fields on a Saturday morning are littered with many a kid hobbling to the side line having just “rolled” his ankle. Many a time you may be encouraged to just hobble back onto the field and try carry on playing.We look deeper into the occurrence of ankle injuries and how one can try preventing the injuries from occurring.

Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Minimum Strength Requirements for Rugby

SCHOOL RUGBY MINIMUM STRENGTH CONDITIONING REQUIREMENTS

Being involved in fitness, the medical field and rugby, I often get asked by playes and coaches alike for some kind of gym programme to increase the size and strength of players in order to improve both individual and team performances as a whole. Generally my answer is always... GET FIT and get your skills right. Thereafter I advise them to get their joints (knees, shoulders, ankles, necks and backs) as strong and resilient to injuries as possible.

Friday, 17 April 2009 22:11

Fat Busting...muscle crunching!

The ultimate fat busting... muscle crunching...summer workout

Its summer, it’s hot and the last thing you feel like doing is going to a foul smelling sweaty gym full of testosterone juiced guys who can’t stop staring at their guns in the mirror. However you still feel the urge to get an intense muscle building workout! Well I’ve got the answer…..

Take your workout outdoors!

Sunday, 05 April 2009 17:59

Kettle Bells for Conditioning

It’s the Rugger season and you need balls of iron...bring on the  Russian Kettlebells………….

 kettle It’s that time of the year again where the pre-season jitters are fluttering around the locker room as the rugby season gets set to begin. Boys are talking of getting the latest, mostly brightly coloured boots, so at least if they don’t score a try, mom will still know which rugby field they are playing on. However the most over looked aspect before starting the rugby season is gym conditioning and fitness. I know a lot of boys leave it too late to hit the gym to do fitness or weights, with the attitude that they will get fitter once they start playing or “harden up” as the season progresses.

I was sitting at my computer thinking of a catchy way to commence this article when it struck me that no matter how boring the opening lines were if you have any love for South African schoolboy rugby you will want to read on.