SARugbymag.co.za chats to Rondebosch Boys’ High School 1st XV coach Mark Lindenberg about the upcoming season.
How have have you prepared for the 2016 season?
Preparations are going well. We’ve got five weeks until we go on tour to Ireland and so far it’s going according to plan. We’ve got a rugby camp happening this weekend [5-7 February] for some team building.
What lessons did you learn from last season?
We’ve made some changes to our pre-season training schedule to ensure we’re 100% when the season starts. Instead of taking a complete break at the end of last season, we’ve held sessions twice a week, from October, focusing on skills training and fitness. We can already see the benefits from this training.
What are your goals for the team this year?
The team decided to treat all games with equal importance, leave the field after every game feeling that we gave it our all in preparation and play, win a Triple Crown [Wynberg, SACS, Bishops in one half of the season] and beat at least one farm school (Paarl Boys’, Paarl Gym etc.).
How many players from last year’s 1st XV will play again this year?
We have eight players from last year’s setup returning this year: Garth Shenker (flank, captain), Mike Mavovana (fullback), Dane Stevens (wing), Armani Minani (wing), Cheyne Robertson (flank) Thomazs De Rozenworth (prop), Sam Cragg (flyhalf), Matthew Grobler (lock).
Who will be your key players?
Our scrumhalf Robbie Davis is a smart player and knows how to control the tempo and structure of our game. He’s really good in broken play and also tactically very astute. Garth Shenker is one of the senior players in the side and with a very high work rate. Mike Mavovana is our X-factor player, he’ll always be worth a couple of points if he’s on song. Sam Cragg will be key in the flyhalf position in the way he handles the game.
What will be your biggest game of the season?
It’s impossible to avoid the fact that Bishops will be our biggest game. Even if we try and focus on another game as our biggest, the inter-school rivalry (with Bishops) will always be there.
Interview by Tyrone Engel