The tenth instalment of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International saw Jason Klaasen playing in his fifth and final Varsity Cup season for the FNB Ikey Tigers. Klaasen, who has called the Green Mile home since 2013, was handed the captain’s armband for his final season in the blue and white striped shirt.
After failing to win their last game of the season against FNB Wits, the captain’s thoughts on his teammates are still laced with pride and excitement for the future. “It’s not the finish to the season that we had hoped for. The guys put in a massive effort this season and at no point dropped their heads. This side is still maturing, and will have much to offer in the following Varsity Cup campaigns,” said Klaasen.
“The competition has been a big part of my rugby career for the last five years. It’s been a privilege to play in such a prestigious tournament and I’m thankful that I could have played my last Varsity Cup game with such a genuine bunch of guys,” said Klaasen upon reflection.
While it may seem tempting to dwell on what has passed, Klaasen will still be wearing the number six jersey for a while and is focused on the rest of the season that lies ahead. “I’m still going to play league, so I won’t be gone completely,” he said, “The team will be looking to build on what we’ve got going into the league on fresh legs. Our first game is against False Bay, so we’re heading straight into the big games.”
A leader both on and off the pitch, Klaasen has enjoyed quite a few successful Varsity Cup seasons. It was during his second year playing in the competition that he would lift the trophy, as Klaasen was part of the 2014 team that pulled off the famous comeback in the dying minutes of the final. Even though his final season has come and go, the memories made out on the field will last a lifetime.
By Wessley Thring