South African eighth-man Claude Johannes had some thoughts to share on the difference between rugby in Kenya and the rugby he was used to playing back at home.
The former Boland Cavaliers player who also had stints with Blue Bulls and TUT Vikings said he finds Kenyan rugby more oriented to the physical aspect unlike in South Africa where more emphasis is given to skill than the physicality aspect.
The loose forward is among the first batch of South African to ply their trade in the country’s top tier league with fellow countrymen Mario Wilson and Logan Bason.
“The rugby back at home is more skillful and physical. Here in Kenya its more physical but there is always room for growth in the skill aspect of the game.” Johannes told Scrummage after their win against Machine.
Johannes is relishing every moment spent in the country, especially in Kakamega and he was quick to talk about the community bond that exists between the people making him feel welcome.
He has been heavily involved in Kabras’ exploits and success so far this season playing in every single game since the season started. The millers lead the Kenya cup table.
“My stay here has been quite good. In Kakamega people live as one community, they know each. Am adapting well and bringing my part each weekend.” He added.
Kabras seemed to struggle against Mean Machine in the first half but were quick to shrug off the slow start to produce a classical performance in the second half to overcome the determined students.
“Its is always loose against University sides because they are more mobile and they have speed. We did our best to stick to our structures and at the end we did well even though the first half did not go well, we did well.” he concluded.