The newly appointed Director of Rugby at Ben Vorster High School, Reinhard Gerber, wasted no time settling into his position. Gerber, with the assistance of fellow rugby coaches, presented a rugby clinic for the U/12 and U/13 players on Saturday the 13th of November.
The clinic was organized by Archie Norval and the rest of the school’s coaches whilst Gerber was still coaching in Germany. In the region of 60 eager primary school rugby boys from various primary schools in the region, including Tzaneen, Unicorn, Pietersburg-Oos, Drakensig, Pietersburg-Noord, Dr Annecke, Duiwelskloof and Phalaborwa, attended the clinic.
The school’s biokineticist, Cornell Jacobs and his staff, first tended to the boys in the gymnasium where they were subjected to a conditioning test. The focus of this clinic was based on the four fundamentals of rugby, namely passing, defence, rucking and continuity.
Each of these fundamentals were thoroughly explained by Gerber, focusing on the basics followed by progressive drills.
“You could really see these youngsters were hungry to get back onto the field. The parents were just as enthusiastic and the feedback we received from them was really positive and humbling,” Gerber said.
“The Ben Vorster coaches are phenomenal, as their passion, energy and technical abilities are clear to see. The boys did really well, and all the primary schools must be commended on the concentration, discipline and great character these young players showed.”
After the session, the boys enjoyed a nice cool down in the swimming pool as their dads and coaches stayed behind for a couple of ‘cold ones’ and some tasty steaks on the braai whilst watching the Springboks thrash Scotland.
Gerber was also full of praise for all the parents for investing in their boys’ life and offering the opportunity to
experience a high-performance program. A further token of appreciation goes to USN, the school’s new main sponsor for 2022, for the sports drinks and the health bars. Last but certainly not least, to BB Motors Tzaneen for sponsoring the meat for the braai.