Danie Toerien
2 minute read
12 Jan 2021
4:30 am

Valuable rugby lesson

Danie Toerien

I so wish my under-nine rugby coach could have seen my performance. He would have been so proud.

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As a scrawny nine-year old boy, my introduction to playing rugby was everything but pleasant. While I was one of the fastest boys in what was then called Standard 2, most of my classmates were much bigger. Ball in hand and on the attack, I could outsprint most. Thanks to my slick handling, though, I always made sure that I got rid of the ball before any defender came within three meters of me. Needless to say, I was not a prolific try scorer. In defence, it was even worse. There I was all fear. It didn’t take me long...