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Thursday, 20 August 2009 21:24

Sam Lane- Leading the Bishops Boys into Battle


The long and arduous school's rugby season here in the Cape is slowly drawing to a close with the traditional matches between Wynberg and SACS and Bishops and Rondebosch dishing up a fitting finale to what has been a long, hard slog for these young men. While SACS face a nigh near impossible task at Lovers' Walk against the giants of the Cape, over at Campground Road things couldn't be closer.

There has been little to seperate the Diocesan College and Rondebosch Boys' High this year and the previous result, a 16 - 10 victory for Bosch (their first in five years!) has ignited this contest into a fierce battle to regain school pride. Leading the charge from the one end is the dazzling, fleet-footed yet unassuming young Aussie skipper of the Bishops 1st XV, Sam Lane. SA School Sports caught up with Western Province's  newly contracted star to discuss life and of course rugby, ahead of what is his final game wearing the famous numberless jumper.

Well Sam, lets get right to it, we all know about your dad Tim and how much of an influence he's had on you, but how and when did Sam Lane decide that rugby was his calling?


"Well to be honest I started off playing soccer when I was 8 or 9. My mum was a netballer so sport has always been in the family. I remember going with dad to the rugby field and mum to the netball courts and just playing around.

I grew up in Sydney so of course I had the opportunity of surfing a lot, which I still do a lot of. I also played a little waterpolo in junior school but it was only when I was about 11 or 12 that I thought hang on, what I really want to do is play rugby. Naturally when I came to the College I caught the fever and haven't been able to shake it off."

You dazzled everyone with a fantastic Craven Week, yet not a lot of people realise you were playing out of position. How did you adjust to playing centre as opposed to your usual flyhalf berth?

"Craven Week was an amazing experience for me. To be playing in an almost professional rank with such a great vibe was a huge privilege. To be honest though I struggled enormously at first playing centre as it isn't my normal position. During the warm-up games for Craven Week I was playing really poorly at centre. Then when Craven Week came along I started settling in to a rhythm playing my natural game. It really helped that I had someone like William van Wyk at flyhalf because I felt we combined extremely well. That and the fact that Dawie Snyman, one of the Craven Week coaches, worked a hell of a lot with me, encouraging me to play my natural game."

I know you must be chomping at the bit to talk about the game this weekend! How much does a Bishops - Bosch game mean to you and your boys?


"Ah I can't begin to describe how big it is. We have 10 matrics in our 1st XV and for all of us the Bosch game will be the last game we'll ever play for Bishops. There's going to be so much emotion and I'm just going to try and enjoy it as much as possible.

Every game against them is incredible. The two Bosch games last year were some of the best games I've ever been a part of. Even the game this year, despite the fact that we lost.

We've been through so much as a team. We were very unfancied at the beginning of the year as we hadn't performed as well through the age groups leading up to u19 rugby as Wynberg and Rondebosch had. In fact the only team we fared well against on a regular basis was SACS. Then we came out this year and proved everyone wrong beating sides as big as Grey P.E. and even managing to put one past Wynberg. That just gives it that added edge that this will be the last game that this tight-knit bunch will play together."

That loss... how much did it hurt?

"You have no idea! It was a real low point! The boys were really upset about it but hopefully we can change it around this weekend."

Any message to Chad and the boys over at Bosch?

"Good Luck. We will be giving a 110% and we really hope they do as well so we can finish our school rugby careers on a high."

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