Dale lauds Dyan­tyi

School stands proud af­ter former pupil’s ex­cit­ing Spring­bok de­but


DALE Col­lege has ap­plauded the achieve­ments of its former Old Boy Aphiwe Dyan­tyi, who is fast mak­ing a name for him­self, fol­low­ing his de­but for the Spring­boks in the first test against Eng­land at El­lis Park two weeks ago.

Dyan­tyi proved he was there to stay, when he scored a try for the Spring­boks in the first test and went on to win the match 42-39.

The Boks se­cured the three-test se­ries af­ter beat­ing Eng­land 23-12 in Bloem­fontein last week­end.

“He re­ally blos­somed af­ter leav­ing the school.He was play­ing for the third team while he was still here but he blos­somed when he got to univer­sity. We are very proud of him, he has added to the many rugby play­ers that the school has pro­duced,” act­ing prin­ci­pal Warwick Os­mond said.

In a mes­sage posted ear­lier this month by the school be­fore Dyan­tyi‘s de­but match, the school in­un­dated the Spring­bok wing with con­grat­u­la­tions.

“Your hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has truly paid off. All at Dale wish you the best of luck for your test de­but. A truly re­mark­able achieve­ment!”.

Dyan­tyi has played for the Lions in Su­per Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Cur­rie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Chal­lenge.

In an in­ter­view with TimesLive, af­ter the Spring­bok vic­tory, Dyan­tyi, said Bok coach Rassie Erasmus had en­cour­aged him to tap into the magic that got him se­lected.

“He gave me the con­fi­dence by say­ing, ’Aphiwe just go and play your nor­mal game,’ he said.

Eng­land coach Ed­die Jones has also com­pli­mented Dyan­tyi and fel­low-wing, S’bu Nkosi, com­par­ing their speed to that of Ja­maican leg­end Usain Bolt.

Pic­ture: MASI LOSI.

TRY TIME: Aphiwe Dyan­tyi, a former Dale Col­lege Old Boy, dives over the try­line for a try in his de­but match for the Spring­boks in the first test against Eng­land at Emi­rates Air­line Park

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