Taking Dolphin Rugby Club to the next level

SWAKOPMUND Dolphin Rugby Club coach Clayton Beukes believes the club could regain its former glory days and earn promotion to the premier league.

11 February 2019 | Sports

Clayton Beukes; Coach: “I have acquired a lot of knowledge about the game and will share this willingly for the benefit of coastal rugby.

OTIS FINCK - Coaching rugby requires a considerable amount of time, says newly appointed Dolphin Rugby Club coach Clayton Beukes.

Beukes is no stranger at the coast, having being born and growing up in Walvis Bay. He matriculated at De Duine where he played centre and wing alongside the likes of Gerald Matos. He obtained International Rugby Board (IRB) level 2 coaching accreditation and had coaching stints with Rehoboth, Reho Falcons and Rosh Pinah.

“It all about the players for me, and we are trying very hard to get a good group going. Dolphin (established in 1980), is a club with a rich rugby culture and we have to ensure that this doesn’t go to waste at all cost. The likes of legends such as Heinrich de Waal, Oswald Campbell and Riaan Jantjies come to mind.”

Beukes says he wants to strengthen the existing basis of the club in collaboration with the community of Swakopmund.

“Coaches Rayton Coetzee and Derrick Louw already laid a solid foundation which I intend to reinforce and build on. We are therefore inviting everybody to come and take up their rightful place at the club as members of the Dolphin family. I have acquired a lot of knowledge about the game and will share this willingly for the benefit of coastal rugby. I am challenging the youth in particular to make use of this opportunity.”

The club will be competing in the first division of the Namibian Rugby Union and will work its way towards gaining entry into the premier league.

The latest provisional draft fixture shows Dolphin could start its season against the Erongo Rugby Academy (ERA) on 30 March.

“We are planning to compete in each game and grow as we go along. Dolphin definitely has the capability and can turn players into what they should be. They in return can restore the club to its former glory days.”

Dolphin lost in the quarterfinal round against Grootfontein last season.

“We definitely want to improve on this achievement, and the way to do this is by playing smart rugby. It’s my mission to equip players adequately and with the necessary rugby skills. They should take their careers forward and reach their ideals.”

Beukes adds that he is looking forward to work with a core group of committed players who were in action for the club last year and have already started with training.

Utility back William du Plessis (19) has been playing for the club since his school years. He says he enjoys playing the Dolphin style of rugby and looks forward to playing premier league rugby with the club in the foreseeable future.

Fullback Ronaldo Diergaard (20) says his main aim is to improve himself as a player and to take the club forward. “We want to reach the finals by playing our own unique free flow style of attacking rugby.”

Fullback Nivine Nel (25) joined the club in 2006 and has become a pillar for the team.

“Winning the league is within our reach. The Dolphin stalwarts need to remain committed and set an example for young players in order to carry the name of the club forward.”

Chairperson Sylvia Winnaar added that management was meeting with sponsors Epiroc and Eagle Night Watch which carried the team in 2018, and expressed the hope that they would continue the journey the club embarked on.

“The team started off slowly and made it into the quarter final round. A lack of depth curtailed our progress and with Clayton at the helm we want to make sure this does not happen again.”

Dolphin RC practices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:30 to 20:00 at Vineta North rugby stadium.

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