The instruction to our readers and panel was to select the rugby player that was vital to their team's success. To select the player whose influence was the difference between winning and losing.
The reason most of the panel members cited for their choice is clearly visible in his achievements on the rugby field. 2014 u/14A Paarl Boishaai (captain), 2015 u/15A Paarl Boishaai (captain), 2016 u/16 A Paarl Boishaai (captain) as well as u/16 Grant Khomo (captain), 2017 Paarl Boishaai 1stXV, WP Craven Week and SA Schools, 2018 Paarl Boishaai 1stXV (captain), WP u/18 Craven Week (captain) and SA Schools (captain).
After the 2018 Craven Week, I wrote that Adrian was my player of the tournament as well as my first choice as captain for the yet to be announced SA Schools team. I have in all of my years watching schoolboy rugby never seen a boy leading his team with such an ability to react to changing conditions on the field, directing play like a seasoned captain. As a player in the 2018 Paarl Boishaai 1stXV, Western Province Craven Week, as well as SA Schools teams he was definitely one of the outstanding players BUT his captaincy, made him that one player that selected himself. That one player that was very often the difference between winning and losing.