Ewald van der Westhuizen

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Ewald van der Westhuizen
Date of birth (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Ladysmith, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 114 kg (17 st 13 lb; 251 lb)
School Hoërskool Voortrekker, Bethlehem
University University of Johannesburg
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Griquas
Youth Career
2008 Griffons
2010 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 UJ 8 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–present Griquas 53 (20)
2015 Cheetahs 6 (0)
Correct as of 30 April 2018

Ewald 'Kop' van der Westhuizen (born 3 April 1990 in Ladysmith, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with Griquas.[1] His regular position is prop.

Career[edit]

Youth and Varsity Cup rugby[edit]

At secondary school level, he represented his local provincial side, the Griffons, at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament in 2008. The same year, he also played for the Griffons U19 side in the Under-19 Provincial Championship.

He moved to Johannesburg, where he represented the Golden Lions U21 side in the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship, making a solitary appearance. His big break came during the 2013 Varsity Cup competition; he was the first-choice tighthead prop for UJ, starting all eight their matches as they reached the semi-final of the competition.

Griquas[edit]

His performance in the Varsity Cup resulted in Kimberley-based side Griquas drafting him into their side when they had an injury crisis during the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season. His first class debut and only appearance for them during that competition came when he started their home match against the Blue Bulls.[2]

He joined the side on a full-time basis in 2014. He played in all ten of their matches during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition – starting nine of those – as the Griquas won the competition for the fifth time. He scored his first senior try in their Round Five match against former side Golden Lions[3] and scored two tries in a four-minute spell in the second half to help Griquas secure a convincing 84–15 victory over the SWD Eagles in the Quarter Finals of the competition.[4] He played all 80 minutes of the final, helping his side to a 30–6 victory over the Golden Lions.[5]

He made four substitute appearances for Griquas during the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament, helping his side qualify for the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Ewald van der Westhuizen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 10-52 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 33-18 Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 84-15 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 30-6 Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2016.