Lionel April from Boland was recognised as the fourth Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for the 2018 U18 Coca-Cola® Craven Week taking place at Paarl Boys High.
The sought-after Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Lionel was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed Hero of the Day Panel, led by Springbok legend Akona Ndungane.
Lionel had a fantastic day today with many moments that could have made him the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day. He scored 14 out of his team’s 19 points including two tries, but the moment that really stood out was his first try. The Blue Bulls were right on his try line and had an overlap and was aware that if he did not do something they would score a try. Lionel watched the ball go down the Blue Bulls backline at the right moment, he broke formation and intercepted the ball, ran the length of the field to score a try. His interception turned a certain 7 points for the Blue Bulls into 7 points for Boland.
“Many of my team mates played well today and I was surprised to win the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day. It is not often that Boland beat one of the top unions in the country. I am proud that we managed to win this game today,” said Lionel.
“I was impressed with the way that Lionel read the game and saw that the Blue Bulls would overlap and made a decision to break his line to stop the Blue Bulls from scoring and in turn scoring a try. That kind of vision is great to see in someone so young and he deserved to win the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day,’ reflected Akona.