Muscle, Passion & Score!


By Kimberley Shoniwa

Go boys – Goooooo!!!!! The young men have done it again. Pearson’s rugby team has soared as high as an eagle, kept their heads in the game and remained encouraged by their thirst for victory. 

The two rugby teams who were hosted at the university of Witwatersrand – Steinhoff Pearson and Steinhoff Wits Junction –  paved their way through the rugby field with their minds set on winning and nothing else. The 30th of August entrenched the history of Pearson Institute’s rugby team. For the very first time, Pearson’s rugby team qualified for the semi finals as well as the finals.

Wits organiser and coach, Ntsikelelo “Amigo” Nxakana, felt highly impressed by the grand perfomance of his rugby team – Steinhoff Wits Junction – as the boys displayed their intense tenacity throughout the game.

Ntsikelelo Coach

Most guys got to express themselves on the field…we get to see the guys get an opportunity to express themselves.

Nxakana was in the rugby zone, cheering his boys and leading them to success. At the same time taking notice of the Pearson boys’ stubborn courage of not giving up but rather fighting until the end.

Well, I think both teams won. Especially MGI…both teams made history today!

Representing the Pearson boys was Huggins MacDonald Mashinge who organised and maintained the Pearson boys’ mental and physical capacity as well as their kit. He managed the team with his zeal for success as he is in charge of sport at Pearson Institute. He simply could not help but lavish his joy on the boys even though they did not quite meet their goal which was sealing the rugby cup prize and coming home with a colossal win. The highlight of the game is that the Pearson boys gave it their all and produced much skill, zest and determination throughout the game.

Huggins Pearson

I was super proud – I was happy! The atmosphere was awesome for me, because I’ve worked with these rugby guys for the past three years.

Tshepang Moagi, an eager rugby fan and spectator from Pearson Institute, did not hide his utter passion and knowledge for the fantastic game that took place. He went to the stands hoping to see his team create history. Even though the Pearson boys did not make it this time, next year will be a year where the Pearson boys create a lineage of continuous success and history will be marked for the second time!

What I enjoyed most about this atmosphere was the togertherness, the cheerfulness, and the will that they had to fight back. Though we lost, I still enjoyed the game.

Team photo

All in all the atmosphere, the scenery, the coaches, the rugby supporters and most importantly the rugby players themselves displayed great ambition and courage and they did not waste time in proving why they were the best teams throughout the rugby games – with Steinhoff Pearson coming in an incredible second place and Steinhoff Wits Junction coming in an astounding first place!

Rugby triumph

Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” One lose does not determine the victory to come. The Pearson boys will rise!


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