Keo.co.za gets to know the Hilton and KwaZulu-Natal U18 captain and eighthman.
Although you captained Hilton this season, were you surprised to be selected as captain of the KZN Craven Week side?
Absolutely. All I wanted was to make the side. My focus is to play rugby and further my game and being in the side is enough. Captaining is a bonus.
Your thoughts on the KZN Craven Week side.
Good, solid outfit. We have five players back from last year. Losing our flyhalf Fred Zeilinga, who also played last year, was a massive blow, but his replacement, Duncan Campbell, is more than worthy of filling his boots and has been a dominant playmaker for Westville this year. He should slot into the side well and I am confident of a good showing from my team in Welkom.
The opening match for you is against the Leopards. Do you know much about them?
To be honest, I don’t know much about the Leopards at all as we haven’t played against any of their players during the schools season. We are concentrating on playing our own brand and style of rugby, taking the game to them and seeing how they react.
What’s it like to captain a side of players from different schools?
I was a little nervous at first, but we have been practising and the guys are all keen to do well at Craven Week. They are excited to play and all feel responsible for the team’s performance. The players from last year are keen to make up for the defeats against Free State and the Bulls and they all want to succeed. Being captain is just a title.
Having Tony Richter as coach must help you?
For sure. We have a close and solid relationship having worked with each other at Hilton throughout the season. I know his style of play and what he wants.
You seem to be following in the footsteps of your uncle, Gary Teichmann.
I have massive shoes to fill but I have made a start by playing for Hilton’s 1st XV at No 8. When he can, we discuss games but his underlying advice is to be myself and enjoy the game. That’s where I am right now, playing my rugby and enjoying it. Any selection and progress is an added advantage and I hope to take steps toward provincial rugby next year, although I will have to take academic progress into consideration as well.
By David Knowles