Anyone remember the outstanding Outeniqua team from 2013? It contained high profile SA Schools players Warrick Gelant and Duhan van der Merwe (younger brother of Akker) who have since gone on to do big things at senior level, tall lock Eduard Zandberg, yster loosie Dian Koen, the reliable Malan twins and arguably one of the best schoolboy players of the decade, the stellar school level performer flyhalf Dewald Human. As is often the case, not enough credit goes to the other players who were quality and offered the team so much. Needless to say they had an on fire backline that could inflict maximum damage on any opposition from anywhere on the pitch! They lived up to their expectations that season.
Anyway coming back to 2020, the Kwaggas of George are certainly looking good to emulate the success of 2013. A quick head count suggests they will have 17 players back with 1st XV experience and a few quality boys coming up from last year’s u16 age group to add oomph! Sadly hulk-sized prop Henry Tromp, who drew positive attention last season has had to work his way back to match readiness after a car accident. He is one of three players’ who’s father’s did well at first class level rugby, loose-forwards Maynard Gouws (Jaco’s son) and Johan Leonard (Anton’s son) being the other two.
The season will tell if they can live up to the billing of the 2013 team but on paper things are looking up and one does get the feeling that this backline will be a) quick b) skillful and c) very difficult to stop from scoring at will.