Twice as nice



May 26, 2016
Twice as nice

DOUBLE IMPACT: Tygerberg's twins Enver and Alvin Brandt. CREDIT: Noor Slamdien

Tygerberg’s Brandt twins are ready for the big time.

Fans who have been to Florida Park this season can be forgiven for blinking twice and rubbing their eyes for thinking they have double vision.

In Ravensmead, the Brandt twins have been nothing short of aan die brand.

Fullback Enver and centre Alvin, 24, now back home in Cape Town after stints at the Sharks Academy and the Griffons among others, were called up to train with the Western Province Currie Cup squad last week and deservedly so.

The brothers from Eerste River now just need to get their chance at the top level and once they do, they are sure to make the most of it.

Inspired by their mother’s side of the family who are very big Stormers and Western Province fans, it was Enver who was first bitten by the rugby bug at Palm Park Primary School in Melton Rose.

He explains: “I started playing rugby at Under-9 level already – he [and he points to Alvin sitting next to him] played volleyball at first. He was really into it.”

Alvin adds: “I played volleyball and then one of the teachers, Mr Howard Granfield – he was a very passionate rugby player and he saw we have talent – told me to play rugby instead.

“So I only started at U13 level.”

The twins paired up in the midfield and then went to President High School in Goodwood.

Unfortunately they didn’t make the Western Province Craven Week squad, but that didn’t stop them from chasing their dream.

It was the Sharks Academy that came calling first.

And after two years in Durban, they were separated in 2014.

Enver went to Bulls country where he played Sevens and for Tukkies, while Alvin was off to Bloemfontein where he too played Sevens and Vodacom Cup rugby for the Cheetahs.

Then last year, they reunited at the Griffons, where they were also offered contracts to stay, but declined in favour of a shot at gold in Cape Town.

Since then, the twins have been at the heart of Tygerberg’s revival this year where they have provided countless oohs and aahs from the stands.

Still, you get the feeling that there is more to come.

But exactly how far do they want to go?

“It was always the dream to play for Western Province,” one of them tells me.

It’s a dream that is within grasp for the dangerous twins, so watch this space…

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