We caught up with scrumhalf, TJ Goddard, after his first year in Bloemfontein. The former Tygerberg Sevens specialist joined Kovsies and represented them in the Varsity Cup Young Guns competition before getting selected for the Cheetahs U19 Currie Cup side.
How do you feel 2014 has gone for you?
It has been a great year for me. First of all making the U20 Kovsie team who won the young guns tournament. That was one of my goals I achieved. Then obviously playing all the games for the Cheetahs U19 was a big honour for me and i enjoyed it so much. I made great friends and the coaches helped me improve a lot.
Who gets you revved up in the changing room at half time?
Our back line coach definitely! We call him Coach Skillie. He is such a ball of energy and he just has that special way to carry it over to us.
What was your best memory at school?
My best memory in school was when I was in the CAT class and our teacher wasn’t there, so i went on facebook and got this inbox message from Andre Tredoux offering me a contract from the Cheetahs. I was so excited.
What was your worst memory?
My worst memory was when I was grade 8 and still new in the high school. I was busy walking down the stairs with my lunch in my hands and all of a sudden I slipped and fell down the stairs infront of a lot of matrics. My food was laying all over the ground , although it didnt hurt that bad, it was my worst embarrassing moment ever!!!
If you were invisible for a day, what would you get up to?
I would sneak into my friends houses and play pranks on them, would love to get there nerves up a bit.
Who is your favourite player?
Rory Kockott, he inspires me alot! He never got the chance to play for the Springboks but he never gave up. Now he is playing for France and still he is very humble. One of the best scrumhalves in the world at this moment.
Do you have any routines before a game or any special socks you must wear?
No not actually, the only thing I always do is just before I run onto the field, I thank my Lord for the great opportunity and talent he gave me.
What makes a great player in your position?
Well I have this motto “quick ball above all”. To clean the ruck as quickly as possible is vital. Our box kicks must be on song and last of all is to organize the defence, make your one on one tackles and get the team spirit up!
What is your goal for 2015?
My biggest goal for 2015 is to make the junior Springboks team, secondly I want to make the Shimla team and thirdly I want to start for the Cheetahs U/21s.
What is special about the Cheetahs?
Freedom. When you decide to do something they back you 100%. I also like the running rugby.