The FNB Maties were dealt a major blow the past week as formidable captain and long-time servant of Maties Rugby, Beyers de Villiers, was been ruled out for the rest of the season due to concussion he suffered in last Monday’s match against FNB UP Tuks in Pretoria. The injury has also brought an end to De Villiers’ overall rugby career.
He decided to call it quits for good as the injury is a bit more serious than the normal injuries he suffered in the past. He will now further focus on his post graduate studies.
The FNB Maties flank has been a famous face in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International competitions over the years and has been a stalwart for the club in all leagues and competitions. De Villiers represented DHL Western Province in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup before, emphasising the harsh significance and state of the injury. FNB Maties will now be captained by fullback Craig Barry who has also been part of the club’s setup for some years now.
FNB Maties will return to their beloved Danie Craven Stadium on Monday for their second round fixture against newcomers FNB Wits. Apart from De Villiers’ injury, FNB Maties have been boosted by the return of some key players. Lock, Ian Groenewald and eighth man Kobus van Dyk return to the starting line-up for the match against FNB Wits. Flyhalf, Ernst Stapelberg, will be looking to guide the FNB Maties’ attacking and kicking game in the same good old-fashioned way as last week’s match against Tuks, while the forwards will be looking adjust to life without the services of Beyers de Villiers.
FNB Maties host FNB Wits at 18:30 at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday.
FNB Maties starting XV
15 Craig Barry, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Braam Venter, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Janco Venter, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Ernst van Rhyn, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Christian Hamman, 2 Craig Corbett 1 Niel Oelofse
16 Hendrik Luus, 17 Jake Blew, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Saud Abrahams, 20 Devon Nash, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Wikus Groenewald, 23 Michal Haznar
By Andre Huisamen