At the tender age of 19, the DHL WP Prop is only but cementing his footprints for the future. Steven Kitshoff tells us more about himself...
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Gordons Bay, I have lived there most of my live. I went to primary school in Strand (Hendrik Louw) and to Paul Roos for high school.
When did you first start playing rugby?
I started playing rugby in grade 1, but we could only play between the 22 and the try line, when I think about it now it makes me laugh. I started taking my rugby seriously in grade 9 and 10.
Were you surprised when selected for Super Rugby?
It was the biggest surprise ever (laughs)...I was even more surprised at the fact that I got to go on tour with the DHL Stormers, which was a dream come true! When I was selected to play off the bench against the Chiefs, I was ecstatic. I would have never thought that I would be given such a great opportunity at such a young age, I mean this is my first year out of school, it’s truly a dream come true. I am very grateful for this opportunity but at the same time I am enjoying every living moment of it.
Mathew Proudfoot says your core skills are 100% and that you have a lot of physicality and aggression. What do you make of this?
It’s always great for a player to hear that his coaches have faith in him, I will not disappoint them. I do my best to put in 150% percent every time I represent my province. There are a number of us younger guys in the squad now and we are all aware of what is expected of us and all the coaches support us every step of the way.
The ABSA Currie Cup squad is “fairly young” this year, do you think you ready?
Allister has made it clear that one of the goals this season is to ensure the young talent comes through so as to provide depth for Super rugby 2012. There are opportunities and we are all working extra hard to grab them. There are tough times, but we have a good set-up at the HPC, with great support structures. We back each other all the way, we always looking out for each other both on and off the field, we a team.
How do you feel when play for WP?
It’s a feeling that I cannot describe...when I put that jersey on I feel like I want to get out there and give my everything for the next 80 minutes, I’m loving every moment that I have at Western Province!
Steven has represented the following age groups for DHL WP:
Investec Western Province (U13 Coca-Cola Week) 2005
WP (U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week) - 2009
WP (U18 Craven Week)
SA U18 (High Performance) 2010
DHL WP U21 in 3 matches 2011
DHL WP in 4 Vodacom Cup matches 2011
DHL WP in 1 match (debut against the Sharks) 2011
DHL Stormers in 5 matches 2011