Dawie Theron talks about injuries, sidestepping and how he's planning is going as the JWC is getting nearer for the SA Under 20s.
Your Question: Hi Dawie I hope you teach the juniors the art of sidestepping as it is essential to winning a rugby match. – Bob
Dawie answers: Side stepping is definitely an art as you rightly mentioned, but I think part of my job and roll as the SA U20 coach is to fine tune the skill levels of the squad. You have players who are naturally gifted with the art of side-stepping, and then there are others who are better suited to a different skill expectation on the field, such as forward grunt up front. It’s important to differentiate between the various skills boasted by the players. For sure, if players have the ability to side-step, my coaching team and I will attempt to enhance that skill. Let me also add that there are other skill factors that wins you matches as well.
Your Question: Hi Dawie – how much has injuries and players opting to play Vodacom Super Rugby upset your plans for JWC. Cheers, Damon Moran.
Dawie answers: I think as South Africans, we are generally gifted with the amount of talented players at our disposal. It’s always a bonus to have Vodacom Super Rugby players in your squad, and to us, it’s that – a bonus or a luxury. But in saying that, in the past, I have learned that its not ideal for the team to have players rocking up a day before you depart to a World Champs, or even during a World Champs. That being said, our stance for this JWC was that all players and management selected to go the JWC should attend this final camp in Jeffreys Bay. We want to create a culture within the squad, and the 26 players here have all bought in to the vision that they are the guys chosen and selected, and they will make our country proud. Injuries on the other hand is part of the game, its something we live with as people who work in the business of rugby. It’s always disruptive to have players ruled out due to injury, but that is the nature of the beast.
Your Question: We’ve finished third for the last three years, will this squad at least make the final? Good Luck, Andrew Smith.
Dawie answers: Making the final is something we have addressed as a team, and winning the Cup as well. I know we have four players in this squad who were part of last year’s team that ended third, but the majority of the squad don’t hold any scars of the past. And even our four players have played so much rugby following their defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final last year, that playoff jitters should not affect them. But while we positive applying our minds to do well at the JWC, our focus is only on Scotland for now.
Your Question: Kan ons twee rugby bekers in SA he by die einde van die jaar, met julle en die Bokke wat al twee WC’s gewen het? Kosie Vermeulen. Sterkte
Dawie answers: Kosie, I like you enthusiasm and optimism, and I am sure that kind of support is shared by all South African rugby supporters. This could turn out to be a very exciting year for us, and as you rightly pointed out, we have two national teams competing in a World Champs and a World Cup. We’ll try our best and leave nothing behind to ensure that every effort is made from our side to achieve that goal shared by so many rugby supporters in SA. It’s going to be tough, but we’ve had a good build up to the JWC. The players are up to date with the reality of the situation for the season, and I am sure they would love nothing more than to return to SA as champions. That being said, it would be great to have the JWC trophy and the RWC trophy in SA at the same time!