The 20-year-old Arendse has been in sublime form for his team this season, running in eight tries in his first four matches, one of which was off the bench. Last week’s performance saw him earning the FNB Player That Rocks accolade, and a pair of pink shorts to wear this week, after a hand in the first try and getting one of his own minutes later.
The FNB UWC winger was modest and played down his starring role in his side’s ominous attacking force. “First of all I want to give God the glory and honour as without him I wouldn’t be here today playing at this level. My performances have been satisfactory thus far but I feel there is still a lot of room for improvement,” he said. His opponents should be alarmed at the thought of his talents yet reaching full potential.
The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) academic calendar started just last week Monday and is one of the latest out of all Varsity Shield participating institutions. This will have allowed the Cape team more time to practice and sharpen their skills and Arendse believes that his team will need to work even harder now that they have classes to attend and prepare for.
“I still practice but not as much as before because now lectures have officially begun and that will also require a lot of my time. It’s just a matter of now balancing the amount of time I spend on the rugby pitch while ensuring that my academics doesn’t suffer. Education is important to me so I have to make it work,” says Arendse.
The man from Paarl, Western Cape, is relishing the opportunity to represent the FNB UWC community in the Varsity Shield tournament and vows to give his best to help the team reach their goals.
“Being a part of the Varsity Shield team is a great privilege for me. As an aspiring rugby player it is a great platform to showcase my talent and I vow to the UWC community as well as my team mates to always give my best efforts when I take to the pitch. Rugby will always be a team sport and I am proud to be a member of this great team,” says Arendse.
It is always encouraging to see young and talented athletes aiming to excel both on the field and in the classroom. They are all students before they are athletes after all, and Kurt-Lee Arendse seems to be working out a winning formula. FNB UWC will be hoping he continues his great form when they travel to FNB WSU for their final match of the group phase on Monday, 20 March.
By Thulani Mkosi