With the final a week away, one can’t help but ponder which team will lift the shield and which will be left wanting. FNB UWC have only suffered one loss this season and it was the doing of FNB UFH down in Alice.
FNB UFH have found their feet and this week’s semi-final against FNB UKZN was a true reflection as to how well they can perform, as they peak in time for the biggest match in their Varsity Shield history.
However, on the other hand, so have FNB UWC. They showed FNB WSU just how bad they want to win it. So who wants to take it home more than the other? All that remains are the 80 minutes left in the season as new champions will be crowned in 2017.
“It’s a final of all finals,” said FNB UFH captain Zanoxolo Qwele. “It’s what we have wanted to achieve and after many years it has come to this one game – a total reflection of the extent of which we have sacrificed to ensure that this games swings our way. As captain it’s my last season and what better way to bow out of the Varsity Shield than with a trophy in my hand and my brothers next to me?”
The men from Alice will make the trip down to Cape Town to face FNB UWC in the Varsity Shield final, in what should be a showcase of fireworks. Each team carries a bit of history with them and for that this game will see new champions crowned and a new university will see its name written into the history books.
“For me there is nothing that we could have done that we have missed out on, there is nothing that we could have said and didn’t say it. What we are about to achieve cannot be bought off the shelves of any super market, but can only be achieve by pure hard work and dedication,” said head coach Carlos Katywa. “FNB UWC have always brought us exciting rugby and that favour will be returned to ensure this truly is a final worthy of all the spectators out there.”
FNB UFH have announced an unchanged team to face FNB UWC in the final and hope the “Luma Ke Blues” will continue their winning ways and secure the final.
The game will take place at the UWC Sports Stadium down in Cape Town and televised live on SuperSport, on the 10th of April at 19:00.
FNB UFH starting XV: 1. Luxhanti Tame 2. Mkhonto Caku-caku, 3. Bulelani Mdodana, 4. Athenkosi Makeleni, 5. Philisani Ncoko 6. Zanoxolo Qwele, 7. Thulani Njenje, 8. Sibusiso Sityebi, 9. Qhama Masiza, 10.Jeandre Christian, 11.Wilfred Bowers 12. Somila Jho, 13. Xolela Daniels , 14 Zayne Farmers 15. Siphoxolo Zaula
Replacements: 16. Litha Magocoba, 17. Sivuyile Mdishwa , 18. Siphosethu Tsotsa, 19. Leon Ndlovu, 20. Lindokuhle Kenene, 21. Luyolo Batshise 22. Sibongile Novuka, 23. Asiphe Fanele
By Kgoboko Kgoboko