Backflips, the support of his family and catching balls behind the posts at DHL Newlands are the ingredients that launched Dayan van der Westhuizen’s rugby career.
“I remember waiting for Breyton Paulse to score a hattrick, so he could do a backflip.”
The tighthead recalls dabbling in a bit of cricket when he was younger, but says rugby was always his first love and playing for the Vodacom Blue Bulls is the realisation of a lifelong dream.
He says the heritage of the Currie Cup makes it an important tournament as does the fact that it brings together generations of fans.
“I always loved it when my family started to talk about all the Currie Cup legends and all the legendary games. Then you also want to play, and you dream of playing Currie Cup rugby.”
Dayan has few regrets other than feeling he should have worked harder at school and at Tukkies. “But I got a second chance through Boston City Campus to help get my BCom law degree.”
Vodacom Blue Bulls, previously known a Northern Transvaal, have enjoyed not only success at Currie Cup level, but also boast a rich Vodacom Super Rugby history. The Pretoria union have won the Currie Cup on 23 occasions and have been runners-up on 8 occasions. The Vodacom Blue Bulls claimed their first ever Currie Cup title in 1946 by beating DHL Western Province 11-9 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Vodacom Blue Bulls have produced plenty of rugby legends who have changed the landscape of South African rugby. One of the most prominent being flyhalf, Naas Botha, who shares the record for the most appearances in finals and his four drop goals during the 1987 final is still prominently documented in the history books. Another No.10 who helped the Vodacom Blue Bulls secure a Currie Cup is Derick Hougaard. The flyhalf’s 26 points during the 2002 final is still the record for the highest individual score.
Vodacom Blue Bulls head coach, Pote Human, will set out to end their ten-year Currie Cup trophy drought. Human, is no stranger to coaching at this level, the veteran coached the Vodacom Blue Bulls side that drew with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs at Loftus in the 2006 Currie Cup final.