SARugbymag.co.za chats to Grey High School 1st XV coach Tim Fraser about the upcoming season.
How have have you prepared for the 2016 season?
We’ve stuck to the same recipe in terms of skills, conditioning and game plans. We had a fairly good run last year with minimal injuries throughout the season so we’ve stuck to a similar conditioning programme this season. We realised we aren’t going to be the biggest side physically, so we’ve brought in some MMA aspects to teach the boys how to use their body weight correctly.
What lessons did you learn from last season?
As the competition has grown among the schools you realise there are no longer any easy games. Preparation for each game needs to be on point regardless if it’s our derby against Grey College or a game against a local school.
What are your goals for the team this year?
We want to make sure that we are always playing to our potential and a brand of rugby conducive to our setup. We want to enjoy our rugby and try to take our rugby to the next level in terms of skills, decision-making and the speed at which we play.
How many players from last year’s 1st XV will play again this year?
We have eight players returning: scrumhalf and captain David Masterson, No 8 and vice-captain Khwezi Mfu, flyhalf Lububalo Tobelo, wings Sihle Njezula and Khanyo Mafunda, centres Aya Oliphant and Josiah Twum-Boafu, and prop Siviwe Masoziwe.
Who will be your key players?
My key players this year, in terms of the team environment and culture we’re trying to create, will be the guys with experience. The guys in Grade 12, those senior players who are a little more mature and more experienced, hold the key to our success this year.
What will be your biggest game of the season?
Our biggest three every season are Grey College, Paul Roos and Selborne, but the biggest will always be the match against Grey College.
Interview by Tyrone Engel
Photo: Catherine Wilson