Former Varsity Cup and current Sharks rugby player, Johan Deysel, was the first FNB Pukke player to hold both the Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby and Varsity Cup trophies.
Deysel is well known for his nation’s first try in the 2015 Rugby World Cup match against the rugby giants, the All Blacks.
He started his rugby career with FNB Pukke as a promising player for Steinhoff Patria men’s residence, where he later received a call-up to the Varsity Cup squad to represent his university.
In his first year as a student Deysel experienced a winning streak in 2011 where Steinhoff Patria’s Blues claimed the Pukke Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby title, which was only the stepping-stone as it led to the claiming of the massive Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby title, to be the best residence rugby team of all the universities.
“Like most of the rugby players, I was not one of the many who first started my university rugby career being selected to play for the institute. I’ve started at residence level in 2011, where I was part of the team that claimed the Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby title,” said Deysel.
“It was a huge privilege to be part of Patria. Everybody knows the pride in a residence and as a first year along with all my seniors to lift up that trophy was an incredible feeling,” said Deysel.
The conveners saw this talented player and he received his first call-up in 2012 to be part of the Varsity Cup squad.
As the history of the NWU-Pukke in the finals, Deysel was there from the start and also celebrated the 6-7 victory over the FNB Maties.
“I played for the NWU-Pukke in the last two finals in which we suffered defeat. So to win the Varsity Cup last year at the Danie Craven Stadium was just the cherry on top,” said Deysel.
Deysel is currently at the Sharks hoping to get some game time in the Super Rugby season.
By Raynique Meyer