The 23-year-old scored an unbelievable solo try on his Super Rugby debut at the weekend in one of the opening rounds biggest highlights, which earned him man of the match.
South African rugby fraternity has been excited to see Aphiwe Dyantyi flourish in what is an unbelievable journey in his rugby career. Dyantyi had a very ironic school rugby career compared to his tertiary and professional breakthrough and he never forgets to acknowledge the importance of family support.
The former FNB UJ winger goes on record to pay his respects. “I appreciate UJ and the Lions for all the opportunities they have given me. I’ve learned so much over a short space of time. I have struggled with some injuries over the past few months, but I’m back to full fitness,” says the self-assured winger.
For a player that never managed to play Coca-Cola Craven Week most pundits would disregard Dyantyi and limit his success in the game of rugby, but he acknowledges his trials and tribulations – obstacles which made him who he is today with the support of family, coaches and seniors he shares the locker room with.
This is a great story for UJ Sport, Varsity Cup and the Lions. Dyantyi has been a beam of light for young rugby players aspiring to one day play professionally. The story of Aphiwe Dyantyi teaches us to seize opportunities and never stop dreaming. From 3rd team at Dale College, to Res Rugby, to Varsity Cup rugby, to playing against the Baby Boks for the Varsity Cup Dream Team and finally, a Super Rugby debut just one year later.
Dyantyi has always been ambitious and audacious about how he wanted his career to pan out. From 2017 last year he mentioned that “he wanted to establish himself as a regular in the Currie Cup team” and this year he wanted to “do enough to earn his place in the Super Rugby team”.
“Goals and objectives are pivotal in one’s determination to achieve and attain their dreams,” says Dyantyi. And with his BCom Marketing degree in the bag, he says there’s less pressure to perform. Instead, there’s an element of enjoyment in his game which makes things more organic.
Don’t be surprised if the next chapter of this incredible story is embellished in Green and Gold.