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Scott is new Griqua coach

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“Focusing on consistent improvement will be a fundamental aspect for me, which we will adopt every day leading into 2020.”

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SCOTT Mathie has been promoted to the position of Griquas head coach for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Mathie, who had previously been the team’s assistant coach, will replace outgoing coach Brent Janse van Rensburg, who has joined the Sharks.

“We feel very fortunate to have a staff member within our current system that is good enough to take over the reins. After a very successful rebuilding programme during the 2019 season, it was important for us to ensure that our squad is not exposed to another rebuild with more changes next year,” CEO of Griqua rugby, Arni van Rooyen, said.

Griqua president, Jannie Louw, added that Scott was intimately involved in the 2019 season, is familiar with the foundation laid and all the systems that are currently in place.

“Scott has a very good understanding of the environment, has already built up relationships with all management members and players and this will allow for continuity going into next season,” said Louw.

“I feel honoured and privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Scott said. “I am very thankful to Griquas for showing faith in my abilities to continue with the programme. I want to thank Brent for all his hard work and the effort he has put into this season, which allows us to build on a great foundation.

“Focusing on consistent improvement will be a fundamental aspect for me, which we will adopt every day leading into 2020.”

Scott said that the Griqua squad for 2020 will focus on continuity while the signing of additional players will further strengthen the provincial team.

The knowledge that Scott has accrued during his 12-year-long professional rugby career and the lessons he has learnt from coaching at all levels, played a role in securing the post of Griqua head coach.

After leaving school Scott played for Tuks 1 where they won the Clubs Champs in 2003. He also represented the SA Under-19 team that came third in the World Cup.

He played professional rugby for the Sharks and Bulls at Super Rugby and Currie Cup level respectively. He then played for Sale Sharks and Leeds Carnegie in the English Premiership, during which time he also obtained a BA in English and History, before ending his career at the EP Kings.

As a coach Scott assisted Janse van Rensburg at Varsity Cup level and at Grey High School. He then went to Durban High School where he was appointed as the Director of Rugby and 1st XV head coach. He was also head coach of the Sharks Under-16 Grant Khomo, Under-18 Academy Week and Under-17 Seven’s teams.