Garrick Mattheus

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Garrick Mattheus
Full nameGarrick Frederick Mattheus
Date of birth (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 23)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb; 14 st 0 lb)
SchoolGrey High School
UniversityNelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half / Fullback
Current team Boland Cavaliers
Youth Career
2014–2017 Eastern Province Kings
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016–2017 Eastern Province Kings 15 (82)
2018 Blue Bulls XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 13 July 2018

Garrick Frederick Mattheus (born 23 March 1996) is a South African rugby union player for the Boland Cavaliers in the Currie Cup and the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is fly-half, but he can also play as a fullback.

Rugby career[edit]

Youth rugby[edit]

Mattheus was born in Port Elizabeth, where he attended Grey High School. In 2014, he was selected to represent Eastern Province at the Under-18 Academy Week held in Worcester.[2] His best performance of the tournament came in his first match, as he kicked three penalties and five conversions for a personal points haul of 19 points in their 49–31 victory over the Pumas.[3] Later in the same year, Mattheus was also drafted into the Eastern Province U19 squad that competed for their 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship campaign.[4] He played off the bench in a 17–13 victory over Free State U19, before starting four of their final five matches of the competition, contributing 18 points with the boot.

He joined the Eastern Province Kings academy on a full-time basis for 2015 and started the Under-19 team's opening match of the 2015 Under-19 Provincial Championship season, a 28–15 victory over Free State U19.[5] However, he lasted just 21 minutes of the match before being suffering a concussion and didn't feature in their next six matches. He made his return as a replacement in their 34–22 victory against Golden Lions U19[6] and started their 29–10 victory over Free State U19 a week later.[7] He was used as a replacement in their final two matches of the regular season against the Blue Bulls U19s[8] and the Western Province U19s,[9] as Eastern Province finished top of the log, winning eleven of their twelve matches during the season.[10] Mattheus also played off the bench in their 31–15 semi-final victory over Free State,[9] as well in the final, which Eastern Province won by beating the Blue Bulls 25–23 in Johannesburg[11] to win the competition for the first time in their history.[12]

Eastern Province Kings[edit]

In 2016, Mattheus was included in the Eastern Province Kings squad that played in the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series.[13] He made his first class debut in their 19–14 victory over the Blue Bulls on 7 May 2016.[14] It took him just four minutes into his debut to score his first points by kicking his first of four penalties in the match. He also scored a conversion to contribute 14 of his team's 19 points in the win. Big points tallies followed in further games, scoring 15 points with the boot in their 35–all draw against the Golden Lions[15] and 21 points against a Sharks XV through four penalties, two conversions and the first try of his senior career.[16] He finished the competition as the Kings' top scorer with 66 points in his eight appearances.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Garrick Mattheus". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Eastern Province : 2014 U18 Academy Week". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Pumas 31-49 Eastern Province". South African Rugby Union. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – EP Kings U19 : 2014 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State U19 15-28 Eastern Province U19". South African Rugby Union. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Golden Lions U19 22-34 Eastern Province U19". South African Rugby Union. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province U19 29-10 Free State U19". South African Rugby Union. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 49-26 Eastern Province U19". South African Rugby Union. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ a b "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province U19 31-15 Free State U19". South African Rugby Union. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province U19 25-23 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  12. ^ "WP young guns, EP clinch junior titles". South African Rugby Union. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – EP Kings : 2016 Currie Cup Qualifying". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – EP Kings 19-14 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions XV 35-35 EP Kings". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – EP Kings 26-34 Cell C Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2016 Currie Cup Qualifying". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 July 2016.