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Spotlight - Pieter Benade

Name:     Pieter Benade


Nickname:   Pieter B


Age:    34


Education (School, Tertiary): 

Prince Edward High School (Zimbabwe)  Stellenbosch University 


Rugby or sporting background:

My Father played some junior representative rugby here in South Africa while many uncles and cousins have gone on to represent Zimbabwe in Cricket and Rugby over the years so we are a pretty sporty family I guess.


Clubs played for:

Stellenbosch, Limoges (France) Hamiltons, False Bay.  

Western Province Currie Cup/Vodacom Cup, Pumas Currie Cup/Vodacom Cup


Position played or role if never played:

Flyhalf, Maybe a bit of 15 but am too slow back there.   


Rugby philosophy :Play what is front of you. 


Life philosophy:

Be good to people and they will be good back to you.. 


Rugby highlight as a player:

I have a couple, Beating Paarl Boys high with Prince Edward in 2000 showed that our level was matching the top South African Schools. My 1st Stellenbosch 1st team cap in 2002 was memorable as were the 2 national club Championships I was a part of, but the standout memory was In 2004 I received my 1st Currie cup cap against the Eagles, it was a close game but in the last 5 minutes we were 2 points behind and I missed an easy penalty and missed a dropped goal before scoring a solo try in the last movement to save my blushes.   That period playing with many current Springboks was very special. 


Rugby highlight in your role:

In My Current role as coach of the 2nds at Falsebay its always nice to get wins over for past clubs, so getting wins over Maties, Vics and Hamiltons in the same year was a bit of history for our side. 


Favourite Club Player :

Always entertaining to watch Mustaqiem (Check spelling) Jappie having a run.. 


Favourite Coach:

The late Ian Robertson played a huge role in my early development giving me the tools to play at a high enough level to meet people and see places I did. At Stellenbosch Phil Pretorius was instrumental with his backing and support of me while at WP I unfortunately did not spend enough time under Carel Du Plessis as he left the following year but I am grateful for the opportunity he gave me to play for Province. 


Family background / make up (if you want to share this):

I  grew up in Zimbabwe where alot my my Family still are, My Parents moved to Zambia after we lost our farm in 2008. I met my wife Irene in 2009 at a rugby function lol. Today we have two young daughters who keep us busy. 


How do you chill?

I actually relax while playing or coaching. This year I started playing again in the reserve league and I find it like a kind of therapy. 


What are your aspirations for the Bay?

Seeing our club Lift the Super A league Trophy. 


What is it about the Bay that inspires you?

What is happening at our club is amazing and being a part of it is special. in 2013 we were relegated and playing in Super B.   Almost every player and coach stuck with the club and got us back up right away. Last year our 1st team challenged for the super A league losing a single match all year and this year we are challenging again.  The environment at the club we have attracts players from all walks of life. As proud as we are of our 1st team we are a community club and the coaches, committee and public come out to support the 4ths, 5ths and 6ths on Friday night as much as the 1s 2s and 3s on Saturday. 


Who at False Bay inspires you?

I think when we have an establishment doing this well its easy to look around and find a number of people who could be said to be inspirational.. On the field I think Justin Van Winkle is a great example for any young player to take a good look at. He has been fiercely loyal to the Bay and has always set standards of performance and fitness that the younger generations struggle to match even today.  I know when he stops playing one day the club will lose something special but he will be able to sit back and be very satisfied with what he has achieved in terms of his rugby and service to our club. 


What do you do to relax or what are your interests outside of rugby?

Spending time with my family, Generally watching Paw Patrol while the rugby is on just to keep the peace at home.. 


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