It will be the number eight, Marno Redelinghuys, from the FNB NWU-Pukke who will captain the side against the FNB UCT at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Round Four of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
Jeandré Rudolph is suffering a concussion after last Monday’s clash but there is still no timeline confirmed with regard to how long he will be on the sidelines.
The last encounter between these two sides belonged to the FNB NWU-Pukke who walked away with a victory of 22-6.
But before FNB NWU-Pukke can take to the field on Monday evening, the defeat of 31-9 against FNB Maties sent them go back to the drawing board.
“The intensity with which we wanted to play wasn’t there on the day. There were also little aspects, such as the last minute changes of Schoeman, who was ill, and the minor injury of Hugo, which also suppressed the intensity a bit more,” said Jonathan Mokuena, head coach of the FNB NWU-Pukke.
“With that being said, one can’t take anything away from Maties; they put up a good performance. They were physical but although the Maties had the ball for the majority of the time, there were still opportunities for us from which we could have scored some points, despite the fact that we played poorly, “ Mokuena added.
Mokuena described the atmosphere in the camp after their toughest clash of the tournament so far, as one of “bitterness”.
“The players felt as if they dropped each other, which can be seen as a good thing. The atmosphere on Wednesday was still a bit tight, but the proof of the pudding will be in the players’ approach to the rest of the practices,” said Mokuena.
“We’ve learned a lot and the loss showed the players not to take any match for granted. We have to go to a space in which we need to work full-out for 80 minutes. It is the biggest lesson which we took from the defeat, but we will be ready on Monday when we take on UCT,” said Mokuena.
The encounter between the FNB NWU-Pukke and the FNB UCT will not be televised but be sure to follow @varsitycup on Twitter for live results and updates.
FNB NWU-Pukke starting XV: 1. Dolf van Deventer, 2. Louis van der Westhuizen, 3. Kabelo Motloung, 4. Loftus Morrison, 5. Walt Steenkamp, 6. Marcel Henn, 7. Boela Venter, 8. Marno Redelinghuys (c), 9. Chriswill September, 10. Schalk Hugo, 11. Justin Newman, 12. Jaap Pienaar, 13. Elden Schoeman, 14. Jimmy Mpailane, 15. Tapiwe Mafura.
Reserves: 16. Dane van der Westhuizen, 17. Dewald Dekker, 18. Morné Strydom, 19. Estehan Visagie, 20. Wandile Mazibuko, 21. Caleb Louw, 22. Nkululeko Mcuma, 23. Lungelo Gosa.
By Raynique Meyer