July 19, 2019

2018 Ruggas School Of The Year – Monument Hoërskool

 

In 2018 the Award goes to an already macro school and one of the powerhouses of South African schoolboy rugby, Monument Hoërskool. A just reward for the efforts of all involved in Monnas rugby in the transition from a Hans Coetzee era while still maintaining their high standards on and off the field.

Sometimes one tends to forget the hard work it takes to maintain your place at the top of the pile. A decision was made in 2015 to improve their already successful rugby program paying special attention to the development of their players across all age groups.

A conditioning program under the guidance of Jan van Rooyen, where special attention is given to position and age-specific development formed the cornerstone of their new recipe. The appointment of Tjaart vd Walt fitted in with their "new brand" of rugby they wanted to play, with the 147 tries scored by their 1stXV in 2018, a result thereof. Monnas has transformed from playing a "traditional" brand of rugby into a school who are intent to play an exciting brand of rugby while still winning.

The success of this new philosophy is clear for all to see.  Their 1st XV winning the Tuks Series the first time since 2010 in 2017 and defending their title with success in 2018. Monnas was crowned the overall winner of the VirSeker Cup division in 2018 with their teams across all age groups performing. Monnas was the only school in the Virseker Cup division where all their underage A tea, as well as the 1st XV reached the semifinals. Monnas' 1st XV and the u/16A teams won the title with their u/15 team losing in the final. Their u/14A team lost to the eventual champions, Helpmekaar with 22-17 in the semifinal.

Although success was important, Monnas also wanted to increase the total of boys playing rugby. The success of the program was highlighted when they hosted Glenwood this year when 17 teams played on the day, three teams more that played against Glenwood in 2016.

A Macro School that re-invented themselves while still maintaining their successes on the field, and in the process increased their total of boys playing rugby. A rugby school where the u/14 E rugby player is as important as the 1stXV star.

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