A legendary former Springbok flyhalf, Naas Botha, was famous for saying after a particularly painful drubbing against an underrated foe: “Just remember that the Currie Cup is not won in May (but in October).”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras might just have made one giant stride towards becoming a serious contender for line honours in the 2017/2018 season after embarking on a pre-season team building getaway at the Langebaan Country Estate, although these are very early days.

The team flourished in the second half of the four-day competition last season and a number of classy internationals, including Wayne Parnell and Temba Bavuma, could substantially boost their quest for silverware in 2017/2018 in all three formats, supported by a blend of long-serving senior statesmen, and young exuberant newcomers to the professional arena.

At the Langebaan Country Estate, the squad played foot golf, mashie golf, lawn bowls, held a karaoke evening and engaged in lawn bowls.

They also ran a cricket clinic for young players in Langebaan during their two-day team building exercise.

“It was a great couple of days of bonding. We also had an opportunity to sit down and re-visit things like team culture which is important,” said Ashwell Prince, head coach of the WSB Cape Cobras.

“The boys had been working really hard during pre-season. So it was also a timely couple of days of relaxation,” he added.

“Pre-season has been amazing because we’ve had a massive squad working together. The trip came at the right time because the guys did need a bit of a break from training to help our bodies recuperate,” said Aviwe Mgijima, the WSB Cape Cobras’ player of the 2016/2017 season.

The fact that the off-season squad is strong, with 13 of the 17 players in Cape Town, has been a timely boost for the management team.

Mgijima said trips like these always give the players an opportunity to bond away from the game, get to know one another and have a bit of fun.

“The activities were perfect for what we were trying to achieve over those few days and the positivity amongst the players can only stand us in good stead for the tough but exciting season ahead,” Mgijima added.

David Brooke, brand and sponsorship manager of the WSB Cape Cobras saluted the hosts. “The hospitality at Langebaan Country Estate was world-class. From the accommodation to the conference facilities, to the golf course, everything was of the highest quality.”

“We are definitely looking to bring the squad back there for more team building getaways in the future,” Brooke added.