Wynberg 1st XV coach Craig Childs chats to OLLIE KEOHANE ahead of Saturday’s Classic Clash against SACS.
Last term was not a good one for Wynberg results-wise, yet your final game against SACS was close. Do you think this classic derby acts as a leveller for the teams, regardless of previous results?
Derby day is a massive fixture for both schools and it has been known in years gone by to be a leveller and anybody’s game on the day.
The latter part of this term has been better for Wynberg, knocking over Boland Landbou, narrowly losing to Rondebosch and then beating Bishops. Do you feel you carry some momentum into Saturday’s game?
We definitely feel like we have some momentum as a team but each game is a new challenge. SACS have had a great season and are a tough side to beat. We have planned and trained well as a squad and believe in ourselves and what we can produce on Saturday.
Wynberg is SACS’ official derby, and this match will be televised on SuperSport as a Classic Clash. Does this hype work in favour of you guys mentally or is it a distraction?
There is a lot of pressure on the boys to perform but they know that they have the backing of the coaches and school to relax and play their game.
This is the last home game for your matric boys. Has this been a factor in your preparation, and how have you as a coach managed the nerves and excitement of the team ahead of Saturday?
This game is massive for matric boys, some of whom have played every game this year and last year. They are prepared for the emotions and hype and will be ready to perform for their team and school.
How will the team looking be looking to play on Saturday? Can we expect a physical encounter or will it be a show of more expansive rugby?
We know the SACS team and coaching team well and have prepared for what they will bring, but our main focus this week has been on us and how we can execute and deliver what we know we can. The boys are excited about the opportunity.
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