Scott van Breda

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Scott van Breda
Full name Scott Alexander van Breda
Date of birth (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 25)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
School Rondebosch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Full back / Winger / Centre
Current team Western Province
Youth Career
2011–2012 Eastern Province Kings
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2015 Eastern Province Kings 64 (405)
2013 Kings 2 (18)
2016–present Western Province 15 (80)
2016 Stormers 3 (0)
Correct as of 25 October 2016

Scott Alexander van Breda is a South African rugby union player, currently playing in the Currie Cup with Western Province.[1] He is a utility back, that can play as centre, full-back or winger.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He played for Eastern Province U21 in the 2011 Under-21 Provincial Championship, scoring 108 points in eight appearances to finish as the top scorer in Group B of the competition[2] to help his side reach the final of the competition where they lost 23–19 to Border U21 in Wellington.[3]

He made just four appearances in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship, but scored 90 points to once again finish as his team's top scorer and just three points behind the top scorer in Group B, SWD U21's Chris Willemse.[4] Van Breda was brought in to play in the final three matches of the regular season and managed to score two tries in each of those matches; their 73–3 victory over the Griffons U21 saw Van Breda contributing 28 points by scoring two tries and kicking nine conversions,[5] he got two tries, two penalties and two conversions in their 41–3 victory over the Pumas[6] and he had an even bigger personal tally in his next match for them against Griquas U21, scoring two tries, four conversions and five penalties in a 33-point haul in their 43–31 victory.[7] He missed the semi-final, but returned to play for them in the final, where he kicked nine points to help his side win the competition by beating the SWD U21s 24–10.[8]

Eastern Province Kings / Southern Kings[edit]

He made his first class debut for the Eastern Province Kings in the 2012 Vodacom Cup, starting their Round One match against Argentinean invitational side Pampas XV in Stellenbosch.[9] His first senior points came in their second match of the season when he scored a try in the Kings' 40–23 victory over their Eastern Cape neighbours, the Border Bulldogs.[10] He scored further tries against Western Province,[11] Sharks XV[12] and Boland Cavaliers[13] to finish as the Kings' top try scorer in the competition.[14] He also kicked six penalties during the season for a tally of 38 points, the second-highest for the Kings behind first-choice kicker Justin van Staden.[15]

After making a further first class appearance against a South African Students side,[16][17] Van Breda played in his first Currie Cup campaign. He started their opening match of the 2012 Currie Cup First Division season against the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington[18] and made a total of four starts and six appearances off the bench during the season, scoring one try against the Border Bulldogs.[19] The Eastern Province Kings finished top of the log to qualify for the play-offs and Van Breda came on as a late substitute in their semi-final match against the Leopards,[20] but was not involved in the final, where the Kings won 26–25 to win their second First Division title in three years.[21] He did make a late appearance in their promotion play-off second leg match against the Free State Cheetahs, but they lost the match 16–6[22] and lost 69–20 on aggregate to remain in the First Division for 2013.

2013 saw the Kings' debut in the Super Rugby tournament. Van Breda was initially named in the Kings' wider training squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season, but was subsequently released to their Vodacom Cup squad.[23] However, winger Sergeal Petersen picked up an injury prior to the Kings' Super Rugby game against the Bulls and Van Breda was called up to the squad. He came on as a late substitute in the match to make his Super Rugby debut.[24]

Meanwhile, he started six of their matches during the 2013 Vodacom Cup and was the top scorer for the Kings with 54 points[25] as they reached the semi-final of the competition for the first time in their history, eventually losing 39–13 to the Pumas in Nelspruit.[26]

The Kings finished bottom of the South African Conference during the 2013 Super Rugby and had to play in a relegation play-off against the Lions. With the Kings' first-choice fly-half Demetri Catrakilis ruled out of the second leg of the play-off through injury, Van Breda was included in the run-on side and took over the kicking duties. He scored 18 points for the Kings as they beat the Lions 23–18 in the match in Johannesburg, which included a try in the final ten minutes of the match,[27] but it wasn't enough to preserve the Kings' Super Rugby status as they lost the play-off series 44–42 on aggregate.

Van Breda played a key role for the Eastern Province Kings during the 2013 Currie Cup First Division, starting 13 of their 16 matches and scoring 146 points, the third highest in the competition.[28] This helped them to second place in the log and a spot in the end-of-season play-offs. He scored 22 points in an epic semi-final match against the Leopards, which ended 22–22 after the regulation 80 minutes before a penalty and a conversion of Kayle van Zyl's late try saw the EP Kings finally emerge as 32–29 victors.[29] They lost the final 53–30 to the Pumas,[30] but were still promoted to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division following the South African Rugby Union's decision to expand the division to eight teams.

Along with fullback Shakes Soyizwapi, Van Breda was included in the Stormers squad prior to the 2014 Super Rugby season,[31] but he returned to Port Elizabeth without playing any matches.[32]

Van Breda made just one appearance during the 2014 Vodacom Cup in their match against Kenyan side Simba XV[33] as he was part of a group concentrating on conditioning prior to their Currie Cup Premier Division campaign. In June 2014, he was selected in the starting line-up for the Eastern Province Kings side to face Wales during a tour match during a 2014 incoming tour. He played the entire match as the Kings suffered a 12–34 defeat.[34] He made his debut in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup on the opening day of the season against Western Province[35] and played in a total of eight matches, finishing the season as the Kings' top scorer with 44 points. He scored a consolation try for the EP Kings in their 60–19 defeat to the Golden Lions in Johannesburg,[36] but had a far more vital contribution in their final match of the season, scoring a try in the 74th minute which helped his side beat the Pumas 26–25[37] to secure their only win of the season.

He made his 50th appearance for the EP Kings by playing off the bench in their first match of the 2015 Vodacom Cup season, a 19–27 defeat to defending champions Griquas.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Scott van Breda". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2011 ABSA Under 21 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province 19-23 Border". South African Rugby Union. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2012 ABSA Under 21 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province KIngs 73-3 Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province KIngs 41-3 Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 31-43 Eastern Province KIngs". South African Rugby Union. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province KIngs 24-10 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Pampas XV 26-34 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 40-23 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 30-25 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks XV 28-18 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 29-24 Regent Boland Kavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2012 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2012 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – EP Kings 36-19 SA Students". South African Rugby Union. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Duane Heath & Eddie Grieb (2013). SA Rugby Annual 2013. South African Rugby Union. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-620-54685-0. 
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Kavaliers 20-25 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 56-5 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 50-27 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 26-25 Ford Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 6-16 Toyota Free State Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  23. ^ Green, Michael (7 January 2013). "Kings het geen plek vir Tiger". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Southern Kings 0-34 Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2013 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Steval Pumas 39-13 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Lions 18-23 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2013 Absa Currie Cup First Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  29. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 32-29 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  30. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Steval Pumas 53-30 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Stormers sign Kings' Soyizwapi". Sport24. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "Kings duo return from CT". Sport24. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  33. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Tusker Simba XV 17-10 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  34. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 12-34 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  35. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 16-35 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  36. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 60-19 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  37. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 26-25 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  38. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – EP Kings 19-27 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2016.