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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Rugby: Labib Kannemeyer - Wynberg Pocket Rocket

Written by  Jaco Zeeman

Wynberg Boys High' School First Rugby team have endured an uphill battle in 2015 thus far. A combination of a plethora of injuries and a very modest matric pool of rugby players, have seen them field as many as 14 grade 11's in their starting fifteen at times this season.

While this has led to disappointing defeats to local rivals Rondebosch and Bishops, the baptism of fire has allowed some of these talented youngsters to freely flourish and rub shoulders with the best players in their position from around the Western Cape.

The one name that is on everyone's lips is that of the sniping scrumhalf Mogamat Labib Kannemeyer. Labib first started earning rave reviews for his flawless performances in the Wynberg Rugby Festival in April. His efforts were duly rewarded by being named in the festival's Dream Team, as well as being named the Best Player of the festival. It proved to be the perfect kick start for the nuggety half back, who has thrived in the number nine jersey all season despite the team struggling to string together a few favourable results.

Labib possesses innate speed, spatial awareness and split-second decision-making allowing him to pose a real attacking threat to the opposition. Despite his diminutive stature, he is an uncompromising tackler that punches well above his weight in this regard. His tactical awareness and astute kicking game means that he ticks all the boxes of a complete scrum half. These qualities are indicative of the innate talent and his natural feel for the game.

Although many would argue that he could further improve his pass to his weaker side, one needs to recognise that this can be practiced and improved. Over time it is to be expected that this core skill will be perfected ensuring that he realises his full potential. The talented grade 11 pupil has not gone unnoticed by the provincial selectors and made it all the way to the final trials of the Western Province U18 Craven Week team. Labib would not have looked out of place in the Western Province jersey and the X-factor that he possesses could see him be selected come Craven Week 2016.

We look forward to the development of the pocket rocket Labib Kannemeyer and the rest of the budding stars of the Wynberg 1st XV, as they continue to defend the honour of their beloved school and stake a claim for future higher honours.

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