Cheetahs hooker is doing it for his son

2019-10-04T14:50:40+02:00

Cheetahs hooker Joseph Dweba’s 14-month-old son motivates him to perform on the rugby field.

It is easy to spot the dreadlocked hooker in a Cheetahs lineup, not least because of his irrepressible form in the past few months.

Two tries for the Cheetahs in their opening Pro14 game against the Glasgow Warriors only served to underline the form that made him one of the standout players in the Currie Cup and it is clear he is intent on taking it into Europe.

Dweba’s round-one performance included two tries, six carries for 38m, one clean break and three defenders beaten. Eight tackles on the night and missing only one lineout throw makes for pleasing reading for the hooker.

But what few people know is that there is a deep-rooted motivation for the hooker to play the way he does. The 23-year old became a father just over a year ago, making him reassess his life and what he wants to achieve out of his rugby career.

‘I’m just motivated. That’s it. I’m motivated and the person that is driving me is my son. I’m basically doing this for him,’ Dweba explains.

‘I’ve now got a reason why I’m playing this game. Back in the day I only had a reason to play for my family but now I have a responsibility to take on. If I don’t perform there is no food on the table. If I don’t play, nothing is going to be eaten. That is my motivation.’

At 14 months old, Khayoné Nkosi Dweba is the centre point of his father’s life right now, and Dweba wants more than anything to create a legacy his son can look up to.

Jospeh Dweba

The Dweba family

The hooker believes his skill levels have improved by competing in the Pro14 and that the weekly tests he faces up to against international players have made him a better all-round player.

‘The competition helps us a lot to grow as players. You get to test yourself against the best of the best. You get to test where you stand in world rugby, and that is important, especially for me as a hooker.

‘People say that Pro14 isn’t quick, but it is a lot quicker than they realise. You could see that from last weekend’s game against Glasgow. With Super Rugby, one mistake is a try while with Pro14 you get tested in terms of physicality.’

At the moment, Dweba isn’t thinking about higher honours.

‘To be honest, I’m really just enjoying myself and my rugby. I want to do this for my family and use the talent that has been given to me. Whatever happens, will happen.

‘I’m a plain old person. I love free spaces and to be with my kid. I focus all my attention on him. Even if I come home miserable, he changes it into a smile and keeps me going.

‘That’s me, nothing special, I just loving spending time with him.’