Covid-19 pandemic places goalpost dreams on ice for now

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 06/19/2020 - 16:09

Covid-19 pandemic places goalpost dreams on ice for now

Like for so many sports people the Covid-19 pandemic has called a halt to the rugby dreams of the 20-year-old Hugo Scott of the North-West University (NWU). This crack scrum half of the first rugby team on the Vanderbijlpark Campus was, among other things, looking forward to representing the campus in the company of his older brother, Hardus (23) this year.

However, he keeps an open mind about the current situation and concentrates on his final-year studies in Management Sciences and Sport Business Management for now.

A love for rugby

 According to Hugo, who was born in Krugersdorp on the West Rand, he was exposed to various types of sport from childhood. However, his love of rugby only started developing seriously in his first year of study. Since then he has played for the Valke under 20 team and he was also a member of the NWU’s Varsity Cup group.

Like with his studies, Hugo prefers to hold the reins on the field. “I prefer to play scrum half, because I like to determine the course of the game and to be in control of the attacking and defence pattern the team follows,” he says confidently.

He dreams of playing Super Rugby and Springbok rugby one day, and will grab any opportunity to play professional rugby overseas. However, his dreams go beyond the rugby field. He also aspires to make his impact on the sport as an administrator.

Although the lockdown limits his gym work, he still exercises three times a day. “I try to stick to my normal routine and run at least twice every day, and work through one power session.”


Hugo in action on the rugby field