EG Jansen 1st XV coach Anton Lubbe speaks to MARIETTE ADAMS about his team’s Beeld Trophy final against Garsfontein on Saturday.
I hope so. In the previous two encounters, they had to make do without their U19 players. This weekend all those players, including Embrose Papier, are back. They will be a much better side in the final on Saturday, but I still think we can beat them.
Is there more pressure on Garsfontein because they are out to defend the title or on EG Jansen because you are playing the champions?
In finals rugby, there is pressure on both teams for different reasons. The team who deals with that pressure better, will win. This is where we hold the upper hand. We beat them by three in both our earlier encounters, because we handled the pressure better. We are an all-round team, who can defend as well as we attack.
What threat do Garsfontein pose?
They have one of the best attacks in schools rugby. The speed they inject in the backline from turnover possession and their accuracy is unreal. Our defence will be tested on Saturday, I just hope the boys stick to our discussed pattern.
What are some of Garsfontein’s weaknesses that you’ll be looking to exploit?
They are good at running opponents ragged, but when they are challenged in the same way, Garsfontein’s defence falls flat. All we have to do is defend well when they are in possession and make the most of our opportunities with ball in hand and the rest will follow. They are not a defensively solid outfit.
And what are EG Jansen’s strengths?
Our lineouts have been outstanding this year and if we can steal a few on their throw, they will grow frustrated and make mistakes.
How important will winning the Beeld Trophy be for your team and the school?
It will do so much in terms of getting EG Jansen’s name out there to prospective students and their parents. We have less than 600 learners at EG Jansen because we don’t have hostel facilities. That makes us the smallest school in the Macro Schools division and still we successfully compete against the best. We’ve had to face three of the best schools – Menlopark, Waterkloof and Garsfontein – in the Blue Bulls league in the knockout stage alone. For a small team from the Valke union, it will be an amazing achievement.
Will Jansies be at full strength on Saturday?
Our left wing Dwayne Fourie is out with an ankle injury. His replacement Franklin Wagnaar has been playing regularly, so it’s not a like a downgrade, more like a rotation. EG Jansen’s best team will line up against Garsfontein.
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