‘We aim to play positive rugby’

SARugbymag.co.za chats to Oakdale 1st XV coach Malan du Plessis about the upcoming season.

How many of last year’s 1st XV players are still in the squad?
Seven – No 5 lock Stephan Streicher, No 8 Daniel Maree, scrumhalf Maurice White, flyhalf JT Jackson, right wing DC Gilliomee, left wing JP Coetzee and fullback Ruan Barnard.

What has been your main focus in preparing for this season?
We have put in a lot of work and attention on individual skill.

Who are the key players in your squad?
There is no ‘I’ in the word 'team', we play as a team and don't focus on one individual. However, eighthman Daniel Maree was outstanding last year.

Who will be your toughest opposition this year?
We always approach each game on its own merit.

What lessons have you learned from last season?
To play the situation that is in front of us on the day.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?
We aim to play positive and constructive rugby this year.

Q&A with Nelspruit 1st XV coach