“e door opens and lets thefuture in”
I can still remember the drop kick kicked over by Joel Stransky in 1995, I
was only 9 but old enough to have tears in my eyes and a rush of blood
throughout my whole body. I was sitting with a couple of my dad’s friends
when the final was being played. A short while afterwards on of my dad’s
friends Steve asked me if I had ever played rugby before, coming from an
English home the only thing I knew was soccer. I told him that I thought it
was an awesome game but never really played it before, exept for the few
times I ran up and down the park with a ball. He told me that his son who
was my age, was playing a game the following day and said I should come and
watch. So to my delight the following morning I attended the game, and this
is where it starts…
We arrived at about 6:30am , when Steve saw us he ran up to me like he had
a rocket attached to him and said: “feel like playing rugby today, one of
the guys are injured” before I could answer he said that my kit was at the
bus. They say butterflies in your stomach, but it felt more like bowling
ball for me. All these questions were going through my mind, I have never
played before? what do I do?
After I’d put on my kit and we did a few warm ups, we hit the field ready
to play or everyone else was. Looking at our opponents I thought they were
gladiators they looked 6 feet tall and about 100kg in muscle, now those
bowling balls felt like knives. The game started off slowly, I didn’t
really know what was happening. It was nearing to the end of the second
half and the game was almost over. I caught the ball on our 22 and started
sprinting for the try line, dodging a few players with my speed was
amazing, the crowd were going mad I reached our try line and slid across
it, what a feeling! My team mates hoisted me into the air, I still had no
idea of what happened.
Steve ran up to me and said: ‘you did it!” I said “what”? he replied “you
just won us the final” and knew at this point that this game was a game for
me, I felt like the springboks did holding up that trophy.I was on top of
the world, nothing had ever given me such delight.
Ever since that day rugby has been my life ,my passion my everything!