The University of Fort Hare rugby team bounced back after their shock defeat against FNB WSU Thursday last week. The Luma ke Blues team as they are known had only three days to prepare for the FNB UWC match at Davidson Grounds in Alice. That’s a very short turnaround period for a team playing a high-impact sport such as rugby, but unfortunately that’s the nature of the game according to Qondani Carlos Katywa, the FNB UFH coach.
“I mean the reality is we are no different to the other teams in the competition as they have the same match schedule as us. Most of the teams that played last night all played Thursday last week as well. The body takes knocks and assessment must be done with proper strategies being implemented to recover and be at you best for your next fixture,” he said.
“Credit goes to the team for a much better performance, which was pleasing to watch. They [FNB UFH] really tried hard, hence our rugby community is so happy and so is the entire team management of the rugby team.
“Thanks to the fans for having patience and still coming back in numbers to support in very unkind weather. UWC is a quality team and their past performances prove it, as they are recent finalists. To win with a bonus point against them is a big plus for our guys as they are a quality outfit.”
It is not in the coach’s nature to single out individual performances, but on this occasion he felt compelled to highlight inside centre, Somila Jho’s performance.
“He was really the difference between the two teams last night with a sterling performance against the visitors. Somila is good with the ball in hand and also without the ball in hand. His ball distribution skills, evasive running skills and vision is amazing – which puts him in a class of his own.
“In addition to that are his physical attributes on defence, where he makes massive tackles and enforces turnovers. He is the talk of the town in Alice already and possess leadership qualities as well, in particular when the chips are down.
“He communicates very well with those around him and makes sure that everyone knows what the next move is and what role he will play. He will play big rugby in future and the signs are there already. I just want him to stay focused and injury-free for now, enjoying the student life at University of Fort Hare,” concluded Qondani Carlos Katywa.
The next game for FNB UFH Blues is in Durban against FNB UKZN on Monday 20 February.
By Kgoboko Kgoboko