With Brent Janse van Rensburg moving to the Sharks the Tafel Lager Griquas has named Scott Mathie as their new coach for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Mathie will coach Griquas in the SuperSport Challenge as well as the Currie Cup for the next two seasons.
“We feel very fortunate to have a staff member within our current system that is good enough to take over the reins. After a very successful rebuild of our program during 2019, it was important for us to ensure that our squad is not exposed to another rebuild with more changes in 2020.” said Tafel Lager Griquas CEO Arni van Rooyen.
With Mathie being involved with Griquas and their systems they feel that he will continue the great work Janse van Rensburg started with the union.
“Scott has a very good understanding of the environment, has already built up relationships with all management members and players that will allow for continuity leading into next season, which we felt was important to ensure that the positive momentum made can be built upon.” said Louw.
Mathie was grateful for the opportunity to coach a bunch of players he has been working well with this year.
“I feel honoured and privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility. I am very thankful to Griquas for showing faith in my abilities to continue with the program.
I want to thank Brent for all his hard work and efforts he put into this season, which allows us to build on the great foundation laid this year. Focusing on consistent improvement will be a fundamental aspect for me, which we will adopt daily leading into 2020.”
Scott represented Tuks when they won the Club Champs in 2003 and also was part of the SA U19 team that got 3rd place at the World Cup.
He also played for the Sharks and Bulls in Super Rugby and Currie Cup. He moved aboard to play for Sale Sharks and Leeds Carnegie before ending his career at the EP Kings.
Scott then started his coaching career assisting Janse van Rensburg at Varsity Cup level and at Grey High School.
Thereafter, Scott joined the traditional boys’ school and alma mater, the Durban High School. Appointed as the Director of Rugby and 1st XV Head Coach, Scott oversaw a period of rapid transformation at the school seeing DHS consistently in the top 20 rugby schools during his time at DHS.
Scott was also the Head coach the Sharks U16 Grant Khomo, U18 Academy Week and U17 Seven’s teams.
To add to his repertoire, he spent his evenings as assistant coach of the Durban Collegians, where he was able to develop his attack and backline repertoire with the club.