It has been a tricky start for FNB UWC as a collective in this season’s FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International action in their opening two fixtures. However, first-time Varsity Shield participant seems to be finding his feet very quickly.
The Cape team’s in-form winger, Kurt-Lee Arendse has run in four tries for FNB UWC in their first two games and is looking in good touch early on in the season. He attributed his good start to his team’s support and eagerness to follow the coach’s instructions.
“Listening to the coach is what works for me. I always try to play according to his instructions, hence I find myself at the right place at the right time which has enabled me to score these tries. I also feel that as a team we work hard together and that is also a positive factor for us,” says Arendse.
The first-year Economic Development student believes that his team can do a lot better than they have done thus far. He goes on to say: “Our first two games were not our best. I think we can do better than that and we need to dig deep at crucial moments in order to succeed this year.”
Although his team have not been short of tries, they have also been struggling to keep them out and that would be an area of concern for them.
There seems to be plenty of promise in the youngster’s ability with his lightning fast pace and physical strength his greatest weapons. The 20-year-old’s ambition for the season is to go all the way and win the competition.
“I know it is early in the season and we can still get better but my ambition is to go out and win the competition. It would mean a lot for us as a team but it won’t be given to us, we need to work hard for it and we are willing to do so,” says Arendse.
His ambition doesn’t end there though, as he expressed his desire to one day represent his country at international level and become the best player that he can be.
FNB UWC will be hoping that Kurt-Lee Arendse can continue scoring these crucial tries as he is proving to be an invaluable addition to team and their title challenge.
By Thulani Mkosi