Malotana has great plans for TUT Vikings

COACHING SESSION: Former Springbok and Komani resident, Kaya Malotani , right, with one of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Vikings players during a regular coaching session Picture: SUPPLIED

Former Springbok has ‘dream team’

The new Tshwane University of Technology Vikings head rugby coach has big plans for the Varsity Shield and the Carlton League, both of which fall under the Blue Bulls Rugby Union.

Komani’s former Springbok player, Kaya Malotana, who was recently appointed as TUT Vikings head coach said: “Our pressure is that the 2020 season is a promotion/relegation one so there is a lot at stake.

“My focus is firstly on the culture of the team and the character of each individual to be able to enhance the team culture.”

He said the TUT Vikings’ performance over the past few seasons had not been great, but his plan was to build the game on sound defence processes with a show of ambition when the players had the ball in hand.

Malotana said he was excited about his new position, which afforded him the opportunity to serve “The People’s University” and to impact young lives.

Concerning his future plans Malotana said: “I will work with the team I am coaching now, which is my dream team at present. Once we reach our goals, I’m sure the dream will grow.”

 Malotana began his coaching career in high school when he played for the fourth team at Queen’s College.

“I coached U15C at Queen’s College,” he said.

“There was no big transition because I coached as passionately as I played.

“It just feels great and humbling to be back in the coaching ring for now.”

Asked how different coaching was from high school to varsity level he said his approach was similar, but the environment was completely different.

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