The DHL Stormers forwards spent a very chilly day out of their comfort zone and braving the waters of the Atlantic Ocean this week…
While they know all about team work on the field, they had to put their skills to the test as they participated in some National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) training exercises in Hout Bay.
One of the challenges was to self-right a capsized boat in groups of four.
“Diversity of skills, technique, discipline and teamwork is what makes the work that the NSRI does special,” said a statement from the NSRI. “It soon became clear, that much like on the rugby field, skills and technique are just as important as power and strength. The DHL Stormers players eventually self-righting the boat with some help from their new friends – the NSRI crew.”
Siya says the team has ‘incredible respect’ for the NSRI
DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi said that the players have incredible respect for everyone who helps to keep our oceans safe and the important work they do at the NSRI.
“This was an amazing experience for all of us, to get out there and appreciate what these people do to keep others safe in our waters. The power and strength of the ocean is something that must always be respected, as well as the time and effort that the NSRI put in to keeping us all safe out there,” he said.
It takes team work
DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that he could not think of a better exercise for the forwards, ahead of the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked campaign which begins next week.
“The ocean is powerful and unrelenting, which is what we would like to see from our forward pack on the field this season, but this outing with the NSRI was about far more than just that.
“We experienced the teamwork and organisation that goes into the selfless work that the NSRI do and we cannot thank them enough for giving us the opportunity to get out there and see for ourselves what is possible when we work together.
“We went through some tough moments in the freezing water, but the players pulled together well, which was fantastic to see,” he said.