Paarl Boys’ High 1st XV coach Sean Erasmus looks ahead to the 2017 schools season.
How many of last year’s 1st XV players are still in the squad?
We have a total of 12 boys left from the 1st and 2nd XVs.
What has been your main focus in preparing for this season?
The players have mostly been busy with summer sport, so we have had a slow start. The boys are still busy with the conditioning phase, and we have started with some side games to just get them going and enjoying themselves. Our focus remains on the detail and doing it well. We are a young side and partly in a rebuilding phase.
Who are the key players in your squad?
The team is key and that’s the most important issue.
Who will be your toughest opposition this year?
Each match is a different challenge and each team we play is tough. Schoolboy rugby is very competitive and we respect each team we play against.
What lessons have you learned from last season?
There are so many … Every second and every minute counts in a game, and each has the potential to change the outcome of the game. The game is changing each week and you need to remain focused. The game of rugby remains a blessing and life changer. Depending on how you approach it, it has the ability to turn boys into fine young men, approach is key.
What are your goals for the 2017 campaign?
To start a new legacy with this team and create another great team culture. Play attractive and accurate rugby. Try and think out the ‘box’ and challenge the players in the team to become better players and a stronger ‘familia’.
Interview by Ollie Keohane
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