FNB UP-Tuks wing Dewald Naude has had an incredible 2017 season so far which has seen the former Paarl Boys High learner dot down on six occasions including a hat-trick against FNB CUT.
Naude is the current leading try scorer in the tenth edition of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International and puts his success down to the structures put in place by the FNB UP-Tuks coaching staff.
“The coaching staff have told us to play our natural game which gives us the opportunity to showcase exactly what we are made of. Their approach is directly responsible for our success on the field,” said the second year BA Sports Psychology student.
Former FNB UP-Tuks wing Duhan van der Merwe, who now plies his trade with Top 14 outfit Montpellier, is the current try scoring record holder. He scored six against FNB UCT on his way to clinching the record last season. Naude set his sights on Van der Merwe’s record before this season even started.
“I set myself a goal in the pre-season to break the record set by Duhan last year. I’m five tries away from doing just that and look forward to doing so. Having said that, Tuks comes first and I’ll do my part to ensure we walk away from each game as victors,” stated Naude.
FNB UP-Tuks have two matches to go until the knock-out phase of the tournament and are level with FNB Maties but top the log due to a better points difference with the men from Pretoria expected to bag a home semi-final. Although the odds are in FNB UP-Tuks’ favour, Naude said that the team remains grounded.
“We are taking this one match at a time. The moment we take our position for granted is when everything will go pear-shaped for us so it is critical to be humble. Our attention is solely on the Ikey Tigers challenge next Monday,” said Naude.
FNB UP-Tuks host FNB UCT at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday, 20 March. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:00 with the match being televised on SuperSport 1.
By Dan Lombard