Former Free State Craven Week player and current Grey College student EW Viljoen has his eyes set on Western Province for the 2014 season.
I hope to stay at WP and build on my future
Viljoen forms part of the star studded Western Province 2014 junior rugby intake. Viljoen and Ruan Kramer formed the Grey College duo in the SA Schools team this year, both of whom are Union Sports Group clients.
Birth Place: Bloem
Primary School: Grey College Primary
High School: Grey College
Position: Full Back
Franchise: Western Province
High School 1st XV Grey College
Provincial Colours Free State Craven Week team in all age groups
South Africa SA Schools 2013
Craven Week 2013 Stats
Games Conversions Penalty Kicks Tries Points
3 0 0 2 10
The graceful fullback has played in all national rugby weeks since the U13 age group. EW was dubbed to be selected and he certainly proved the pundits correct. Viljoen shows a maturity for reading the game way beyond his years, at fullback he’s an excellent defender, and he can kick for touch and posts well. EW also joins the backline in attack perfectly adding to his gameplay.
2013 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival Stats
Games Conversions Penalty Kicks tries Points
2 8 3 1 30
EW Viljoen and his team made light work of their first two matches at KERF2013 but were met by a stern Outeniqua side, in a match that was dubbed the macth of the season prior to the Grey vs Affies match, Grey College lost to a valiant and highly talented Kwagga team in a 22 – 20 affair. Viljoen played a good role in his teams match scoriing 15 points including one try. Viljoen ended the tournament with a healthy 92% conversion kicking rate.
2013 Wldaklawer Superskole Stats
Games Conversions Penalty Kicks Tries Points
2 0 0 1 5
The 192cm fullback plays with a sense of calm and class and passes as if he is never forced to make a decision. Though the festival was not his best display this year, he still managed to be of great danger to the opposition. His sence of calm and intelligence made him a good manager of his back line.
HSSM’s Sazi Luke chats to Viljoen on how his season at Grey College was, his new venture to WP, and what his goals are for the near future.
This has been quite a successful year for you making SA Schools and representing Free State at Craven Week, what would you say has been the highlight of your year?
EW Viljoen: My biggest highlight would be being selected for the SA Schools team and my signing at Western Province.
What were your lowest points of the year?
EW Viljoen: Probably the bad games I had in the year that killed momentum. Our loss against Outeniqua and our loss to Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool (Affies).
Your school has had quite a dip in form in the last two years, especially coming from having so many representatives at SA Schools level, two years ago you had five and last year you had none. What do you think the dip in form is a result of?
EW Viljoen: I don’t know the correct answer to that but I think the other schools are catching up and hopefully in the next few years our school can improve and get more players into the SA Schools teams.
A lot of people were surprised you didn’t stay in the Free State and you signed for WP, can you tell us your decision behind that?
EW Viljoen: I thought WP is the best place for me and I thought it would be the best for my rugby career, and ja the Free State came a little too late so I decided to go to Province since I like Cape Town and I’m a supporter of the Stormers.
The U19 WP side is looking very strong for next year, especially with 11 SA Schools signings. How do you think your chances are of winning the U19 Currie Cup next year?
EW Viljoen: I believe all of them are good players, but we should first bond as a team and perform as a team to win the Currie Cup and hopefully we’ll do it and win the Cup.
Which team do you think will be your toughest competition next year in the Currie Cup?
EW Viljoen: Probably Blue Bulls or the Sharks, ’cause there’s a few players that I know are good.
And how will you feel when you’re playing against Free State next year? Will there be any emotions towards that?
EW Viljoen: Probably because a lot of my friends are staying here so it might be funny afterwards seeing them, but hopefully we can beat them.
With such a talented WP side there’ll be a lot of competition for positions, who do you think the biggest competitor for your number 15 jersey will be?
EW Viljoen: At this moment I think Gio Aplon is, but in a few years I think they’ll move Cheslin Kolbe to the number 15 jersey […] so I think competition is always good and it’s nice to play against the best.
You’ve achieved all there is to achieve at High school level, what now are your short term and long term goals in your career?
EW Viljoen: My short term goal will be finding my feet and enjoying my rugby at the U19s. Next year and maybe when I’m under 20’s I’d like to play for the Currie Cup team, and perhaps when I’m 21 being chosen for the Stormers.
So do you see yourself staying with WP for the rest of your career or do you see yourself moving back to Free State?
EW Viljoen: I hope to stay at WP and build on my future there, but you never know what can happen so we’ll have to wait and see [laughs].
And finally is there any special lady in your life?
EW Viljoen: No no [laughs] just my mom.