Jeppe are playing winning and entertaining rugby this season.
THEY SAID IT
‘We started with pre-season in October last year, focusing on a few key areas, and I was happy with the work the players put in. We focused on handling, decision-making, keeping the ball alive and not going to ground so easily. Quite a lot of focus also went into our attacking game, to keep the opposition defence guessing. I’m happy we’ve been able to translate our pre-season work into match performances so far. In terms of our goals for the season, we would like to enjoy what we’re doing and play a brand of rugby our supporters can get excited about. We want to keep the ball alive, win first-phase possession and put teams under pressure so that we can play our game.’ – JEPPE 1st XV COACH JANSE VAN DER RYST ON PRE-SEASON TRAINING AND THEIR GOALS FOR THE SEASON
‘Our first official game for the season was away against Kempton Park, which we won 29-0, before hosting St Benedict’s a week later [the match was abandoned at half-time because of rain]. We then travelled to KES for their Easter festival. Being the only unbeaten side at the festival [they won their games against Eldoraigne, Waterkloof and Queen’s College] built a lot of confidence and belief within the team in our ability to compete. We went into our next game against Pretoria Boys’ with an attacking mindset, looking to be positive and try different things. We scored a couple of breakaway tries, but for the most part everything we tried stuck and we were able to put together a strong performance against a good Pretoria Boys’ side [Jeppe won 59-18]. Our game against Ben Vorster at Ellis Park [as a Lions curtain-raiser] was an extremely positive experience and helped a lot with the development of the boys. It’s a huge privilege to play at such an iconic rugby stadium and we are thankful for that experience, even though we lost the match.’ – VAN DER RYST ON THEIR SEASON SO FAR
‘I played for the 1st XV last year, but this is my first year as captain of the team. I feel really privileged and honoured to captain such a good side. Our goal for the KES Easter Festival was to win three out of three. There was a lot of responsibility on me because our backline coach [Brendan Gittins] spoke to me before we left and told me how close they came to winning all three games when he was captain. Going into our last game against Queen’s College we were hungry for the win. It was a very special moment for me for us to achieve our goal of going unbeaten at the festival.’ – JEPPE 1st XV CAPTAIN DYLAN WADELEY ON THE KES EASTER FESTIVAL AND LEADING THE SIDE
NUMBERS THAT MATTER
12 – The number of games Jeppe won out of 19 last year.
12 – The number 1st XV players from 2015 who are playing again in 2016.
13 – The number of tries they scored in three matches at this year’s KES Easter Festival.
81 – The number of points they scored at the festival, while conceding 40.
2 – The number SA Schools players in the squad (No 8 Hacjivah Dayamani and centre Wandisile Simelane).
COACH JANSE VAN DER RYST ON THEIR PLAYERS TO WATCH
HACJIVAH DAYAMANI (EIGHTHMAN)
‘Hacjivah is an exceptional athlete with a high level of skill, power and pace. He played for SA Schools last year and also represented SA U18 Sevens at the Commonwealth Youth Games. He is deputy head boy at Jeppe this year.’
WANDISILE SIMELANE (CENTRE)
‘Wandisile also played SA Schools in 2015. He is highly skilled, has great vision and his decision-making ability on attack is very good. He has the ability to find space in the defence and is a talented goal-kicker.’
TYRONE GREEN (FULLBACK)
‘Tyrone is a talented flyhalf who moved to fullback for the good of the team. He is a brilliant counter-attacking No 15 who has the ability to make something out of nothing. He is strong and fast and has a very good level of awareness on the field. He is also a versatile player who can play different positions in the backline if needed.’
DYLAN WADELEY (SCRUMHALF)
‘Dylan is highly skilled and provides excellent service at No 9. He has the ability to create attacking opportunities for the team. As captain he is very confident, reads the game well and is an optimistic leader. He has the ability to keep the team motivated.’
BIGGEST GAME IN 2016
‘Our traditional derby against KES, which we are hosting this year, is always a big fixture for us,’ says Jeppe 1st XV coach Janse van der Ryst. ‘It’s a great match to play in and one the boys really want to win.’
2016 RESULTS SO FAR
Beat KEMPTON PARK 29-0 (a)
Beat ST BENEDICT’S 24-17* (h)
Beat ELDORAIGNE 33-18 (n)
Beat WATERKLOOF 12-7 (n)
Beat QUEEN’S COLLEGE 41-20 (n)
Beat PRETORIA BOYS’ 59-18 (h)
Lost to BEN VORSTER 19-34 (n)
Beat NORTHWOOD 46-14 (a)
Beat HUGENOTE 60-15 (n)
Beat BISHOPS 38-24 (n)
Beat WESTVILLE BOYS’ 45-14 (h)
Beat ST STITHIANS 31-3 (a)
Beat ST ALBAN’S 39-10 (a)
Lost to AFFIES 32-52 (h)
*Match abandoned at half-time because of rain
4 June: Pretoria Boys’ (a)
11 June: St John’s (h)
23 July: Parktown (a)
30 July: Waterkloof (a)
6 August: KES (h)
– This article first appeared in the June 2016 issue of SA Rugby magazine