When it comes to scrumming experience, who better to help a team prepare than one of the best props in the history of Springbok rugby, Pieter (Os) du Randt?
The former World Cup-winning prop and forward coach to the Cheetahs and Free State rugby, spent some valuable time with FNB CUT’s Varsity Cup teams this week, sharing his insight and experience with the younger generation.
“Rugby as a game has changed tremendously over recent decades, and we, as players and coaches alike, have to adapt to new tendencies and techniques to stay competitive,” Du Randt told the players and coaching staff at CUT.
Du Randt, a former FNB CUT student and player himself, had the players hanging on his lips.
“Technique is as important as pure strength and power in the pack. Each member of the forwards needs to understand the importance of scrumming as a unit, and not eight individuals scrumming on their own,” he emphasised.
All three FNB CUT teams are preparing for their respective matches next week. Hopefully Du Randt’s advice will bear fruit in the coming weeks.
By Carel Korff