FNB UJ will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they take on bottom-of-the-table FNB CUT in the 2017 Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
FNB UJ are on the rise; they won their first game against FNB UP Tuks – the first over their rivals in over eight years, and will be fancying their chances when they take on FNB CUT who are at the foot of the table.
“It was a historic day for us on Monday,” said coach Werner Janse Van Rensburg. “The guys fought very hard and the ending was like a Hollywood movie, hopefully this will be a catalyst for us moving forward this season and making the top four.”
The coach mentioned that being at the bottom of the table in the Varsity Cup does not mean anything, but said if there was a good time to be facing FNB CUT, it would be on Monday. FNB CUT have been very vulnerable this season and are at the foot of the table in the Varsity Cup.
“At this stage the Bloemfontein pitches are water-logged, so it changes the dynamics of the game. We need to respect our opponents but obviously continue to fight with that wining spirit that got us through on Monday.”
Divan Nel, who scored all 18 points for FNB UJ in their last game, expressed the importance of a bonus-point victory and increase their chances of climbing up the log standings.
“We see it as a great opportunity to make it back-to-back wins and the team knows the importance of a bonus-point victory, and hopefully going out there and expressing ourselves,” he said.
FNB UJ have a very impressive away record in the Varsity Cup, and only lost once on the road in the 2016 edition, and as they go into Bloemfontein, will be looking to strengthen their position and fight for a top four place.
Last two meetings:
FNB UJ 14–0 FNB CUT (2016 Group Stage)
FNB CUT 10–46 FNB UJ (2015 Group Stage)
* FNB CUT have conceded 82 points this season, the worst of all teams
* FNB CUT have never beaten FNB UJ in Varsity Cup history
* This will only be the third meeting between these sides
FNB UJ Starting XV: 15 Ewan Adams, 14 Peter John Walters, 13 Aphiwe Dyanti, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johann Esterhuizen, 8 Leon Massyn, 7 Adrian Bester, 6 Wian Conradie, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Reinhaardt Nothnagel, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman ©, 1 Waldo Weideman
Replacements: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Jo Hanko De Villiers, 20 Siyabonga Luwaca , 21 Kevin du Randt, 22Devon Mare, 23 Carlisle Jordan
By Nkosinathi Shazi