All you see is the Bullet Machine!

Henry

Midstream Ridge Primary School was literally a hive of rugby activity on Saturday during the ever popular Bullet Rugby Day.

On one perfectly marked field, the following Kurt-Lee Arendse shows his heels to his opponents and on another, a future Kwagga Smith stares at the ball with unprecedented surrender.

My goodness, even on the sidelines, things are happening: A father is making Erasmus plans like a waffler and one of the players sounds just like Siya Kolisi when he encourages his teammates.

“Come on, boys!”

A total of 399 teams took care of 4,139 enthusiastic players, while a series of stalls and an amusement park together with the smell of pizzas and hamburgers contributed to the day’s success.

“When all the Bullets came to take a photo with the Superrugby Unlocked trophy, I thought that there were most likely some future Springboks among them,” said a proud Riaan Langenhoven.

This touchy-feely teacher from Midstream Ridge and his dedicated team from the Primary School Bullet Rugby management undoubtedly deserve a pat on the back: This year’s rugby day was bigger, better and more fun than ever.

“Your attitude just has to be right; then there is nothing standing in your way to deliver a better product every year. It is gratifying for me to see how young and old, boys and girls and even children with only one leg or arm develop a love for rugby.”

Rugby is a team sport and for Marcel van Nieuwenhuizen, a member of the Bulletjierby management, it is simply a privilege to see all the players play together as a unit; even if things don’t always go according to plan between the four lines.

“One of the most beautiful things about the day is that every child was able to get an opportunity to play and to be part of a team,” he said.

The enthusiasm, smiles, tries and pipe-can skills of the players must also make Willem Strauss smile broadly.

The president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union often says that he loves school and club rugby as much as he loves Jake White’s senior team.

“It’s fantastic,” Strauss said.

“Our mini rugby program is definitely one of the best and biggest worldwide. This is a very important age where children develop a love for the game and its values. It’s a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful sight to see.”

Non-contact skills are sharpened

One of the reasons for Bulletjierugby’s success is the fact that players’ non-contact skills are sharpened.

Then injuries are minimal precisely because they do not play contact rugby at this level, but rather RIP rugby.

A few pieces of material are attached to each player and defenders must then – instead of tackling – tear the ribbons free.

“The RIP format improves all aspects of a young player’s game – their running and ball skills, hand-eye coordination, decision-making on the field and the interplay between players. This way, big and small players also get the opportunity to be part of the game,” said Langenhoven in a previous interview.