Bulls u18 trial teams for 14 May 2019

PROEFWEDSTRYDE AFDELING 1 EN 2 (SONDER HPC-SPELERS) TE SOUTHDOWNS COLLEGE
14 Mei 2019
* Spelers speel in eie broek en kouse
* Aanmelding en opwarming 60 minute voor aanvang van wedstryd
* Beserings en onttrekkings moet voor 13 Mei om 13h00 by die sameroeper plaasvind
* Beserings moet met ‘n mediese sertifikaat verklaar word
* Alle spelers moet om 14:00 aanmeld

Bulls High Performance players 2019

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  1. @Carl de Kock: Beteken High Performance Squad…

    Klomp van die seuns kom eers by volgende week se proewe in en speel nie vandag nie… Ek vermoed hulle probeer soveel moontlik seuns kans gee… Dis hoekom jy net drie van Affies sien… Klomp van ons seuns speel ook eers volgende week…

    Hoop dit maak sin, as proewe ooit sin maak… :wink:

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  2. @Rugbyman: Dit moet dan mos HPCS lees ? :), maar dankie, nou weet die res van ons ook…:)

    Hoeveel van die Garsie bere moet nog deelneem aan proewe as julle al klaar 14 manne betrokke het?

    Ek kan verstaan dat daar nog n dik lot van Affies moet bykom…nie eers gepraat van al hulle beseerde spelers tans nie..

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  3. @Carl de Kock: Dis moeilik om te sê… Dit hang baie af van hoe die coaches die verskillende spelers van verskillende skole met verskillende rugby kulture en verskillende manier van speel laat jel… Ek dink dit was die laaste paar jaar die grootste challenge! Ek dink die talent is daar, maar hoe jel die verskillende skole se seuns en manier van speel saam… As die coaches dit nie regkry nie gaan die bulle sukkel…

    Man management in rugby is 80% van coaching…

    Net my opinie natuurlik

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  4. @Rugbyman: :mrgreen:

    I noticed Zenha right back at Noord-Suid when Garsies played the Kwaggas. I was keen to see how good Tromp junior was and he had to take on the Garsie LH.

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  5. @beet: Zenha stood his ground against Tromp and more so… I have yet to see a tighthead dominate him… But his workrate is high and he averages 3 to 4 ruck steals per game…

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  6. Ek sien Pretoria Boys se scrummie darem nog in die mix. Het hom dopgehou by Kearnsey toernooi. As daar 5 beter scrummies as hy in Bulls skole is, is julle vrot van die talent op 9.

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  7. @BoishaaiPa: Sonder n joke,die talent op 9 is scarry!Jy ken vir Jurigh,dan @Leelu se klong by Kloof,Jurigh Na 10 omdat Garsies se 9 flippen goed is.Dan Affies se 9 n yster,was die GK 9,so ja Salomo se wysheid daar nodig….

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  8. @Grizzly: I can’t agree more. Super depth at 9 for the Bulls.@BoishaaiPa: Fantastic player. Fortunately he’s still u17 so might have to pay some dues this year as a CW B team player.

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  9. I see that the St Alban’s 9 is in the mix. I’m very happy to see that, as this lightie has been through hell on the rugby field, but always kept his head held high. When he couldn’t play he helped film games and did the tribute videos for many players (my son included), so that he could stay involved. Have a read of his Chapel talk from last year – it’s very long but well worth the read. His near-death experience has encouraged him to enjoy every breath he takes and every relationship he has made. This is what he had to say:

    “Why is it that we are so overwhelmed with our goals, so much so, that we cannot stop to see how we are totally missing the real meaning of life.

    Last year right after The Journey, I was involved in a freak accident which very nearly took my life. It was a miracle I survived

    This is how it all went down. I was selected to go on the annual U16 rugby tour to Grey High School which was held a week after I returned from Journey. We got together for a small training camp at school a day before we left for tour. We had a good training session and Mr. Hoyer, my rugby coach, instructed us to go have lunch at the dining hall. While the rest of the boys decided to go have lunch, myself and two of my friends stayed on the field to practice some kicking. We were kicking back and forth and I kicked a high box-kick and I chased after it, with both eyes focused on the ball, I jumped, and then all I saw was black.

    This is how it happened through my friend’s eyes who was watching us kick:
    After Lewis kicked a high box-kick, both him and Jarryd (teammate) ran with their eyes firmly set on the ball. They jumped and there was a big collision between their heads which caused them to fall straight onto their backs. Jarryd sat up and there was blood on his face, but Lewis just stayed with his back on the ground. We walked over to him only to see that there was blood all around him and he was unconscious. He started to have a seizure and there was blood pouring out of his mouth. We called the coaches and they immediately called the ambulance and Lewis’s parents.

    I remember waking up on the field totally confused about what was happening, I struggled to breath, I was in a lot of pain, my eyes were swollen almost completely shut and I was choking on blood. I tried to get up, but my coach held me down and he said that I had been in an accident and the ambulance is on its way.

    The next thing I remember was waking up in hospital, I went for a CT-Scan and they did blood tests. I was very confused and unaware of what was going on, I felt disoriented. I threw up about half a litre of blood on the floor, which I had swallowed earlier that day on the field.

    The Maxilo-Facial surgeon came to see me and I could see by the look on his face it wasn’t good news. He said that I had suffered an astounding amount of facial trauma and it’s a miracle that I survived such severe fractures. He said, that if the bones had shifted a millimetre more, I would’ve been dead. The surgeon explained to me that I had fractured my face in over twenty places, he pointed out a few of the fractures on the scans.

    Here is a list of some of my fractures that the surgeon showed me on the scans. He showed that a piece of my Lower-Jaw had completely broken off and I had also further fractured my Lower-Jaw in three other places, two of my tooth sockets in my Upper-Jaw (Maxilla) were shattered. He also showed me that I had completely shattered my Eye-Socket, I had broken my nose, cracked my skull, fractured my pallet and that I had severely broken my Cheekbone from the Maxilla through to the Zygomatic Arch. I also had a burst lip and I lost a lot of blood during the accident. Due to the severe swelling the surgeon said he wouldn’t be able to operate yet.

    They transferred me to the High Care Unit and kept me under close supervision until I became stable. That night was probably the most uncomfortable night of my life. I had to go on a urinal catheter as I was restricted from movement because of the excruciating pain. Although I was given strong pain injections every few hours, I still had a great amount of discomfort and a hellish amount of pain.

    Being completely able bodied was something I had taken for granted before my accident. Yet now I was humbled as doing normal things like eating, drinking or brushing teeth were small tasks which felt more like demoralising missions.

    After a few days I was moved to a general ward and I was able to move around a bit. Whenever I walked passed a mirror I couldn’t help but look, I looked really messed up, my face was totally deformed and swollen. And every time my mom looked at me she would get tears in her eyes, but she tried to stay strong. She would sit next to my bed everyday to make sure that I didn’t feel alone.

    After a few days had gone by, the surgeon came to see me again and he said that the swelling had gone down enough for him to operate the next day. So I started to mentally prepare for the operation. I had tried to stay away from thinking about my situation, but I couldn’t avoid it, no matter how hard I tried, everything was extremely overwhelming, I couldn’t stop thinking about what the surgeon said a few days earlier about the seriousness of my injury. I started to panic internally, and for the first time I had actually realised the severity of my injury. I started to become scared of what could happen during the operation up to the point where I started writing goodbye notes to my friends and family.

    I had a long uncomfortable conversation with my dad the night before the operation about what if I die on the operating table the next day.
    My dad read me the following Bible verse:

    Psalm 91:14-16
    “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honour him.
    With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

    In this period of anxiety, Father Gradwell, the schools Chaplain, came to see me in hospital and he said a prayer for me, I can’t exactly remember what Father Gradwell said, but I remember how this prayer made me feel, this prayer in specific, brought a rush of warmth through my body and it was unlike anything that I had ever felt before. After this prayer I was at peace and I had a calm mind.

    The next day I went into theatre and after very complex 5 hour long, facial-reconstructive surgery, through dense facial arteries, the surgery was successful. The surgeon did an extremely good job and he managed to leave no visible scarring

    A few days after my operation I was able to go home. The first few days at home were the hardest because I was still in a lot of pain. But everyday the pain got a bit less and each day I was able to perform a task which I was unable to perform the previous day, I physically felt myself healing and becoming stronger.

    10 Days after the surgery I had a checkup with the surgeon and asked him about the recovery time for my injury, he said it takes about 6 weeks for the bones to attach. I started doing my calculations about when I was going to be back on the rugby field. According to my calculations, I was going to be back for the derby game against Boys High. In the back of my head, I knew that I wasn’t going to be back on the field by then, but at the time that small bit of hope kept me going and kept me positive, so I held onto that thought. This injury ended up keeping me out of sports for a really big portion of the year.

    My mindset towards life totally changed after my accident. I was very quiet around the school and I was in my own space. I always stayed positive though and I tried to keep a healthy mindset. During this period I learnt a lot about myself and I learnt a lot of life lessons.

    After about 4 weeks I was allowed to start doing some light exercise and I slowly started getting myself fit again. The rugby season ended, and unfortunately I never got the chance to make a comeback against Boys High, neither was I able to contribute to my rugby team that year. I did however try my best to be as involved as possible. So on a Saturday when you’d see the boys walking with their tog bags, you’d see me walking around with my camera, taking photos and videos for the boys. I tried to make the best of my situation and I started creating videos for the rugby club and the PR department at school, and that is how I made my contribution.

    Exactly 1 year before my facial fractures, I broke my collarbone severely whilst riding a wild horse, this caused me to miss half of my U15 rugby season and I was unable to take part in contact sports for 3 months. That meant that I missed a big portion of the U15 rugby season due to a broken collarbone and that I missed the whole U16 rugby season due to severe facial fractures. So this meant that my high school rugby career wasn’t going very well and many people tried to convince me that I should rather stop playing rugby and focus on another sport.

    After 6 months of not being involved in sports, it was finally time for the cricket season and I was just happy to be able to play sports again. I was selected to go on a cricket tour to Michael House and in our first game of the tour we decided to field first. I was fielding at a short cover and the batsman hit the ball in my direction, I jumped to catch the ball but unfortunately I found myself on the floor again, with a mouth full of blood, as the ball hit me hard in the face. They bandaged me up and I was put on the first flight back to Jo’burg.

    When I landed I immediately went to hospital, they did more scans and I was lucky to escape with no additional facial fractures, I only had a deep scar of the cricket ball’s seam on my lip and the impact of the cricket ball shifted some of my teeth.

    When I got back to school the next week quite a few people said I should rather consider moving to chess and away from the ball sports. But that didn’t stop me. The doctor cleared me to play sport and that following weekend I was back on the cricket field and I probably had the best performance of my season that weekend.

    I finished 2017 as a totally different person. I changed the way I looked at things, and the things I looked at changed. Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face. I had a plan, I had a goal, I had a vision. Sometimes we are lead to believe that our goals and our accomplishments are the most important things in life, but this isn’t true.

    Out of this entire harrowing ordeal, there were moments of intense meaning and clarity which will stay with me for the rest of my life. One of the most difficult and meaningful conversations I have ever had was the one I had with my dad, the night before going into surgery. Before I went to sleep that night, I was convinced that I was going to die. And in that moment, the importance of playing A-team rugby or the importance of becoming successful all seemed to disappear and all that mattered in that moment were the relationships I had made and the interactions I have had with people who mean a lot to me. These things which I was suddenly so scared to lose were also the things which gave me the strength to face the challenges in front of me.

    Through my experience I had become aware of my mortality. As a result I have a profound desire to live each day, absolutely saturated in meaning, and hence I feel the need to prioritise the relationships in my life above all else, because I realised that is what truly matters.

    I hope that you do not have to go through something similar to what I went through in order to realise the beauty of existence which we all take for granted. Live this day like your last, do the things you are too afraid to do, engage in and create relationships you have been trying to avoid and be persistent in life.

    Many people thought that my facial fractures was a career ending injury and to be truthful to myself, I thought the same. But I owed it to myself not to give up, because at some point the hope of playing rugby again was the only thing keeping me going. And through God’s grace I was able to play rugby again this year in 2018.

    In conclusion. On a Saturday, during my match, if a box-kick is launched into the sky, I know one thing, I will jump after that ball more fearlessly and more courageously than ever before, because the only thing stronger than the lingering fear I have after my ordeal, is the new-bound lust for life which will remain with me forever.”

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  10. @The O: Including the HPC players, I have it as: St Alban’s 11 v PBHS 9. I guess that makes St Alban’s favourites, so PBHS will probably win, as St Alban’s were favourites in ’16, ’17 and ’18…but only won one of those. :wink:

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  11. @Vleis: Couple of players in trial teams as well as HPC (Nel and Mayekiso).Jaide Joseph plays 3rds , so did not count him and no idea who Ramotsepane is – not from PBHS.Let’s agree on St Alban’s being favourites and may history repeats itself :lol: Should be a good game

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  12. @Vleis: What an inspirational story! Good luck to the young man. He must be exceptionally brave. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. @beet: It’s all coming back to me now….
    I now remember exactly who MR is, unfortunately had to leave PBHS. As far as I know he is now in Akasia. Think he is actually at no 7 in team 5 above..Spelling not “big” in Bulls country :lol:

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  14. @Cappie: @KES Oldboy: @Rugbyman: @AbsolutMenlo: Yes, a very inspirational story. Despite the fact that he is a small lad and, more importantly, that he missed the entire u16 season and almost the entire u15 season, he has managed to make one of the Bulls u18 trial teams. He really does practice what he preaches.

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  15. @Vleis: Its actually 9 St Albans players two players are listed twice, Luyanda Mpafa and Tino Kuwana

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  16. Bly om te sien die Bulle se beste #9 darem in Span 1. Ek hou die man nou al n paar jaar dop.
    Ek hoop regtig dit Bulle het minder van n org as wat hulle die afgelope paar jaar gehad het.

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  17. @Vleis: We all take things for grated.
    Good luck to the young man and may this only make him stronger… I shall keep an eye on him.

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  18. Menlopark se #1 & 2 skrumskakel vandag Waterkloof se scrummy oorskadu, goeie spel!

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  19. @Skopgraaf243: Nou nie gister se game gekyk nie maar een veer maak nie n voel nie. Almal het n af dag dan en wan. Ek volstaan by my comment. By vere die mees konsekwente #9 in Bulle voedings area.

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  20. @Riempies: He is good, but from what I have seen at NS and Wildeklawer the Garsfontein scrummie is the full package. Passing, sniping, boxkicking, ball snatching, timing, judgment on when to pass or kick, tackling, etc. He excells in every area.

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