After a splendid man-of-the-match performance against rivals FNB UP-Tuks, in which he scored all the points, FNB UJ will look to the prowess and proficiency of their flyhalf Divan Nel to drive them forward in the 2017 Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
Divan Nel is a household name in the Varsity Cup. He was the top point scorer in the 2016 edition and is now in his fifth season with FNB UJ. He scored all the points in FNB UJ’s first victory of the season and put in a man-of the-match performance worthy of wining any match.
“Monday’s game was one of my proudest moment as a player, it was a roller-coaster of emotions. If that kick went in, things would have been so much different. For scoring all points and wining the first game of our season is so far my proudest moment as a rugby player for FNB UJ,” said Divan Nel.
Kicking is Nel’s specialty, with the boot he has been clinical and he managed to end the top points scorer for last season, and with his 18 points against FNB UP Tuks he looks set to claim the honours again in 2017.
“At the age of 6, before grade 1, I knew the position I wanted to play.”
Nel looks up to the likes of Dan Carter of New Zealand and compatriot Elton Jantjies as his role models, players as clinical as him with the boot.
“Rugby is an amazing game that teaches life skills as a human, it brings all races together like a brotherhood, said Nel. “I think that was the catalyst that drove us forward against Tuks and hence us winning the game.”
The flyhalf also said, “My main goal is to win the competition and take UJ all the way, I also want to have a good season and play provincial rugby.”
Divan has been reliable when his team has needed him most and will be their go-to guy if FNB UJ are to go all the way. We have seen how flyhalves can drive a team forward, like Dan Carter in 2011, and Jonny Wilkinson in 2003, Divan Nel will be entrusted with taking his team forward and possible glory in the 2017 Varsity Cup.
Some interesting facts:
Place of birth: Oudtshoorn
Favourite Rugby Team: Stormers
Favourite Player: Elton Jantjies
*Top scored with 84 points in the 2016 Varsity Cup
Motto: Losing is the disappointing part, but you can’t sulk and stay down, you need to get up and strive to be better and better.
By Nkosinathi Shazi