Rugby is a game all about teamwork and support, on and off the field. So far it has been a difficult journey for the FNB NWU-Pukke in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
After their 22-13 defeat against FNB Wits this past Monday evening, the tunnel to the change rooms was one of bitterness and hardship. With a disappointed atmosphere amongst the players, three distinctive words: accountability, commitment and trust, hang above their heads.
The FNB NWU-Pukke change room is mainly known for the team’s value, which can be seen prominently against the wall. Each year as a unit, during their first team-building camp of the season, they brainstorm to set the side’s values on and off the field.
With the extension of these values, two players give us a quick insight on their method of thinking.
Referring to the first value, accountability, two of the most prominent on field rules are to honor the team by showing a 100% work rate at all times and to put their bodies on the line.
The second value, commitment, from the team is in line with one of the Varsity Cup’s values as they believe in professionalism having a balance between academic and team commitments. To play Varsity Cup you need to pass each year with a minimum of 60 credits.
“It is important to comply with all academic responsibilities and not just to get above 60 credits to play. Not everyone can be a Springbok player or play in the Super Rugby. We need to look at the bigger picture and not just be committed to play Varsity Cup next year, but also to create a better feature for ourselves and for our families,” said scrumhalf Chriswill September.
With the difficult task at hand as they still need to face FNB CUT and FNB Tuks, the last value, trust, will play an immense these matches but on the specific game day as well.
Jeandré Rudolph, the captain of the FNB NWU-Pukke, said that trust plays a very important role in their Varsity Cup campaign.
“I think that trust plays a very important role in our campaign. This year I think that the boys trust each other and especially for the last two games it will be vital. Everybody knows we need to fix things,” said Rudolph.
With these values as stepping stones for this team, it shows that they are also acting in the best interest of the team.
The FNB NWU-Pukke will face the FNB CUT on Monday at the CUT Rugby Stadium.
By Raynique Meyer