Ngia Selengbe and Eulon Redcliffe were in Bloemfontein during the holidays representing the Golden Lions at the Craven Week.
Ngia was in the Craven Week A side and although the team did not do too well, he believes it was a valuable experience. “It was great getting an opportunity to match yourself against the best other players in your age group and I definitely learnt from them,” he said.
As far as the team’s performance was concerned, he thinks they just didn’t gel. “We all got on well during the week and the build up to it, but there was somehow not much good chemistry between us on the field,” he said. “At least we did pull it together in the last game and we ended on a high note.”
The same applied in the Golden Lions XV where Eulon played. “Everyone gave of their best, but we made too many mistakes and, although we felt we could win games, we just never got it together,” he said.
For both boys, playing for the 2019 Reds team will always be a highlight of their rugby careers. “The spirit in the team was fantastic,” Ngia said. “We played for each other, and became true brothers. We had some ups and downs, but we played some fantastic rugby. Coming to King Edward was the best decision I ever made.”
Eulon has made friends for life through rugby, he said. “We have gone through so much together and although we will be splitting up now, there is a bond between us that I don’t think will ever be broken.”
Eulon is set on going to Cape Town next year and is considering bursary offers from UCT and CUT. Ngia will stay in Joburg and will be choosing between UJ and Wits. Before then, of course, they have to get through matric and both are aware of the importance of knuckling down to their books.
We at the TAG Foundation congratulate them on their achievements and thank them for their hard work and commitment to the school. We will have their backs in the next few months as they prepare for the final exams.