Wandisile Simelane of the Bidvest Golden Lions

Wandisile Simelane from The Gauteng Lions has been named the Coca-Cola® Hero of the day for day 2 of the U18 Coca-Cola® Craven Week.


The prestigious Coca-Cola® Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment.  Wandisile was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed panel of rugby experts, led by SuperSport anchor Elma Smit.  Wandisile was the Lion’s hero after continuously breaking the back of the SWD defense, scoring a hat-trick of tries in the first 30 minutes of the game. He followed that up with 14 points from the boot, amassing an impressive 29 individual points in the match.


‘It was not the main purpose to win the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day, the main purpose was to win the game and to play in one of the main games on Thursday but I am blessed to win the award,’ said Wandisile

Elma Smit with Wandisile Simelane

“A big congratulations to Wandisile on his selection as the Coca-Cola® Hero of the Day.  His ability to find gaps in the opposition defense resulted in his team’s victory in their first game of the Coca-Cola® Craven Week” added Elma Smit.


Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola South Africa’s Senior Communications Manager: Brand Experience concluded, “The Coca-Cola® Craven Week is Where Heroes Are Made and for many of the players here this week, this is just the beginning of a future in the game.  I look forward to following the likes of Wandisile as they carve out a career for themselves in South African rugby.”