After another thumping victory in Round Five of Varsity Shield action, FNB UWC have all but secured a home semi-final and potentially a home final too. The Cape Town students humbled FNB UKZN with a score of 53-5 in Durban on Monday night. Adrian Paarwater who is their eighth man, feels the boys have been showing good attitudes, hence the good form they are in.
“It’s all about good attitudes going forward and positive tackles in defence,” he said. “The boys are really focused and want to do well in every attack and in every tackle.” FNB UWC seem to have struck a good balance between attack and defence as they have been scoring tries at will in their last three games while only conceding three tries.
The pacey wingers Andre Manuel and Kurt-Lee Arendse have been in sublime form in attack with the assistance of the boot of Keagan Fortuin and the offensive prowess of Herschel Jantjies.
The forwards have held their own in defence and vice-captain Brandon Valentyn has been pivotal in defence with his troops Ralph Jansen and Justin Theys consistently solid in crucial moments. The dream of a home semi-final is definitely on the cards for FNB UWC and that will be an opportunity they will relish.
“It would be great for us to host a semi-final this year. The traveling takes its toll on players so being at home will be a boost for us and also an occasion our fans will appreciate. It’s an occasion we want to make the most of,” says Paarwater.
The BA General second-year student chooses to remain modest about his side’s chances of making the final this year and is just looking to do as best as they can.
By Thulani Mkosi