Three brothers in first XV

2011-04-12 00:00

IT is not often that a school has three brothers in the first XV. This has happened for the first time in the history of rugby at Kearsney College. The brothers are the sons of past Springbok and Natal scrumhalf, Robert du Preez.

The eldest, Robert, is playing for the second year for Kearsney. Twin brothers Daniel and Jean-Luc, who are still U16, join their older sibling in the team. Robert played scrumhalf last year and this year he is in the role of flyhalf. His younger brother Jean-Luc is at flank and Daniel is a lock.

If the first six games are anything to go by, it appears as if a Du Preez will be among the points scorers in each game. The first match was against George Campbell, where Daniel scored a try. Then came the match against DHS and Robert got over for a touchdown. In the big win against Hilton both Daniel and Jean-Luc scored tries.

In the three matches at the Grey High School Festival in Port Elizabeth, Robert dropped a goal against Parktown. In the second game, against Ithembelihle, arguably the strongest rugby-playing school in the previously disadvantaged areas, both Robert and Daniel scored tries. In Kearsney’s last match against Graeme College, Jean-Luc scored two tries. Whether the brothers can continue scoring in the Kearsney Festival and in the domestic season remains to be seen, but if at least one of them scores in each game, a record will be set that will be hard to break.

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