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Friday, 21 August 2009 13:34

Chad Matthews- Keeping Bosch Feet on the Ground

In our latest foray into the massive weekend clash between Cape giants Diocesan College (Bishops) and Rondebosch Boys' High, we head across Sandown Road to the hallowed halls of "Bosch" where we caught up with skipper Chad Matthews to discuss the impending conclusion of a topsy-turvy season.

After a five year drought, it must be a great feeling to be the Bosch captain to pip one against the old enemy?

It was surreal. Incredible really. When the final whistle blew I don't think it really set in, but what we achieved really hit me when I read the reports in the papers the following day. Add to that the fact that we beat them on their home ground at the Piley Rees made it even more special.

There is a tendency for the chaps to become a tad complacent after such a massive victory, how have you been dealing with it?

I think the 16 - 12 loss to Wynberg last week was a real wake up call. It made the chaps rethink the match completely and I think its helped in keeping our feet on the ground. With Bishops, the minute you give them a sniff you could find yourself 30 or 40 points behind in no time.

How have the preparations been going this week?

We had a video session on Monday to discuss what we did wrong in the Wynberg game which really helped. After our practice yesterday we had Gary Kirsten giving us a motivational speech about the match which really amped the guys up and last night at our capping ceremony we had Tim Lane (I wonder what he's son would have to say about that) as a guest speaker.

For you, as well as most of your team its the last game you'll ever play for Bosch, have the emotions been running high?

Its been intense. For 12 of the 1st XV its the very last game they will ever play for Bosch so emotions have been really high throughout the week. We've been ticking off the boxes; last practice, last captain's run all leading up to the big game. I think the most important thing is to try and keep check of our emotions and not get carried away.

Aside from the Bishops game, it's been a really topsy-turvy season for you chaps, some good results and some disappointing, what are some of the more pleasant memories you'll take from this season?

I think beating Boland Landbou 16 - 10 was definitely a highlight. They have a fantastic side this year and it was a real achievement for the chaps to put one past them. We've played well this season and have had some close results that could've gone either way.

Finally, any message to Sam and the boys across the road?

Good Luck. All the best and give 100% we'll be doing the same, and may the best team win.


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