FNB UP-Tuks suffered a heart-breaking 18-17 loss to FNB UJ in Round Four of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International this past Monday which saw the University of Pretoria lose their unbeaten status.
The men from Pretoria struggled to adapt to the match officials despite dominating most parts of the match while their efforts were further halted by the inclement weather.
“We were our own worst enemy against UJ. We did not take the opportunities on offer and have only ourselves to blame. The boys are pretty upset about the result but are determined to bounce back against Wits,” said FNB UP-Tuks captain, Chris Massyn.
“We really struggled to be on the same page as the referee, but that is our fault. We did not adapt quickly enough and thus couldn’t get into the game. The weather certainly did not help but that is no excuse,” Massyn added.
The FNB UP-Tuks goal kickers struggled to convert points throughout the match including the conversion needed to snatch victory at the death but this is something that Massyn believes is part of the game.
“As much as losing is part of the game so is missing kicks at goal. It was just a bad day at the office,” stated Massyn.
Massyn is adamant that their performance against FNB UJ was just a once off as FNB UP-Tuks have every intention on winning the tenth edition of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
“We seriously believe that this is our year and the boys are eager to return to winning ways against Wits next week,” said Massyn.
FNB UP-Tuks host FNB Wits in Round Five of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday, 27 February. Kick-off is scheduled for 18:30 and will not be televised.
By Dan Lombard