Our Coaches

We offer the the most committed and knowledgeable rugby coaching staff in South Africa, with a passion for rugby.

  1. Steven Aschmann - High Performance Centre Manager and Senior Coach
  2. Jacques Du Randt - Senior Consultant
  3. Pietman van Niekerk - Tight Five Specialist
  4. Derich Badenhortst - Sevens Specialist
  5. Philip Lemmer - Wrestling Specialist
  6. TBA - Boxing Specialist
  7. Ognjen Bozic - Biomechanics Specialist
  8. Nerine Marx  - Optometrist, Sport Vision
  9. Marijke Badenhorst - Physiotherapist & CrossFit
  10. Owen van Niekerk - Speed Consultant & Specialist
  11. TBA - Biokineticist
  12. Johannes Franklin (Hannes)
  13. Clayton Durand - Kicking and Flyhalf Specialist
  14. TBA - Chiropractor

Steven Aschmann

HPC Manager and Senior Conditioning Coach

Bcom Sport Management Degree
u19 Junior Lions Testing
Internship- u19 Junior Lions Conditioning Assistant
Sport Science Honours Degree
UJ 2nd Team Conditioning Coach (2015 league winners)
UJ Varsity Cup Conditioning Assistant 
Strength and Conditioning Specialist at 360 Degree Sports Lab

Jacques Durand - Head of Rugby Strength and Conditioning, University of Johannesburg 
Neil Murphy - Head of Rugby Strength and Conditioning, Griquas Rugby Union

Jacques Du Randt

Senior Consultant

  1. University of  Johannesburg: -  2015 Rugby Head of Strength & Conditioning  coach
  2. Degree in Human Movement Science
  3.  IRB Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Certified
  4. Involved in Varsity Cup since 2008. 8 Varsity Cups Campaigns to date
  5. Involved in teams winning:  6 x League titels in 6 years / 3 x USSA Titels (University Sport South Africa) / 1 x Melrose competition (Scotland) - 7's Titels won
  6. Attended to conditioning of rugby players - Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer, Jaco Taute, Caylib Oosthuzien, Rudi Paige, Harold Voster and many more
  7. Also assisted  with the conditioning & preparation of  Andrew v Zyl (EFC Heavy Weight Champion)
  8. Extensive experience in strength & conditioning , GPS & Heart Rate use in Training and Matches
  9. Mentored by Ashley Jones ( Canterbury Crusaders, Wallabies) and Wayne Taylor (ex Lions Super 15 conditioning coach) 

Pietman van Niekerk

 Prop Specialist

Derich Badenhorst

Qualified Pilates Instructor

Rugby Achievements

Philip Lemmer

Wrestling and Forwards Specialist

Ognjen Bozic

Biomechanics Specialist

Ognjen has a Diploma in Sports Science and he is a Martial Arts Strength and Conditioning Coach. He also holds a 5th DAN Black Belt in Taekwondo and 1st DAN Black Belt Hapkido. Over the past 28 years he has competed successfully both nationally and internationally and was 5 times National Champion (both in former Yugoslavia and South Africa). Although Ognjen no longer competes, in 2013 he broke a World Record in a kick & punch marathon lasting 24 hours and 30 minutes. “Part of the reason I did this event was to show that the right kind of training can lead to accomplishing anything”. In 1995 Ognjen started practicing Yoga, he says that “ although my flexibility was already fairly good, I could do a split, however I wanted to improve eccentric strength within my range of movement ”. He also wished to improve on his core strength, thus Ognjen started with Pilates training in 2006. This is what led to Sports Science studies.

Ognjen specilalises in

Athlete Biomechanics assessment and Athlete “Prehab”.

In all sports, athletes use some muscle groups more then the others... The over used muscles lead to body imbalances that can lead to inhibiting an athlete's performance as well as causing injuries. What prehab training does is balance the muscles... To put it in simple words, Prehab prevents Rehab.
Whether an imbalance is due to the repetitive movement patterns of the sport or from the everyday postural imbalances developed through daily movement habits and natural anatomy of the athlete. Therefore a specifically tailored program will  improve the athlete's movement pattern which will reflect in better performance within the sport.

Nerine Marx

Sport Vision

Marijke Badenhorst

2006 - 2009

2010 -                   





I have been part of High Performance teams representing either my Province (Gauteng) or South Africa as a Gymnast, Athlete, Hockey player, Tri-Athlete and now Crossfitter. For this reason I know what goes into training and preparing for any competitive sport and the set-back an injury could bring to your goals or selection into a team. I have always been passionate about helping my clients prevent these injuries and become the best athletes they can be. 

Johannes Franklin (Hannes)

Tertiary Education (2000 – 2006)

University of Pretoria     

Higher Education Diploma in Secondary Education, Physical
Education and Sport Management

Player Profile
Position : Hooker

Employment History

Clayton Durand

Kicking and Flyhalf Specialist