Despite suffering three conservative loses in this year’s Varsity Shield, the FNB Vikings coach, Marius Scholtz remains hopeful that his side can turn things around when they host University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (FNB UKZN) at the TUT main stadium tonight at 18:30.
The team opened their 2017 campaign on a positive note, thrashing newcomers FNB Rhodes 16-12, when they visited Pretoria, but since then the team is yet to register a second win in the competition.
Following this string of loses coach Marius said that his side remains very positive and hopeful that they can reach the semi-finals. He said that they may not have had the outcomes they wanted against University of Fort Hare last week Monday, but there were a lot of positives to take from that encounter.
“We had a very good last 30 minutes in the game, which we want to turn into the first half tonight,” he said.
Marius confessed that unfortunately his side leaked easy tries in the early stages of their games, forcing them to play catch-up rugby all the time, hence they focused largely on that area during the preparation stages of tonight’s match. According to Marius, after two tough away games this home match will definitely boost his side especially because they will be In front of their packed home fans.
Claude Johannes the team captain, said tonight is their opportunity to shine because is their last home match in front of the roaring FNB TUT crowd. He said their one and only goal is to win and he believes that whichever players are fielded, they’ll carry the same mandate and execute it.
“We have been trying our best in the past few weeks, but failed. Tonight the Vikings will thrive,” he added.
To ensure that the FNB Vikings can take the game to the opponents from the start, Ccach Marius said he will start the match with Shadow Ndlala at loosehead prop with Andre O’Neil starting at no.4 as a lock moving Claude Johannes to no.8, then Jan van der Merwe will start at scrumhalf while Viagian Groenewald starts at fullback.
By Mokete Radebe