Varsity Cricket to Varsity Cup for FNB Maties’ Reinhardt Fortuin

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Born in Pretoria, schooled in Stellenbosch at Paul Roos Gymnasium, FNB Maties flyhalf Reinhardt Fortuin had the typical schoolboy dream of competing in as many sports codes as possible.

After matriculating in 2014, where he played first team rugby and cricket for Paul Roos, Fortuin continued his participation in both sports in his first year at Stellenbosch University. In his matric year, Maties Cricket asked Fortuin to practise at the club in preparation for the national Coca-Cola week. Just before the 2015 Varsity Cricket season started Fortuin played in the Cubs Week in Stellenbosch and it was there where the coaches asked him to join the first team to go to Potchefstroom for Varsity Cricket.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 20: Reinhardt Fortuin of Boland during day 4 of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week at St Alban's Oval between WP and Boland on December 20, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

“I think what counted in my favour was that I was a left-arm opening bowler that could give the ball some pace and I think that’s what the coaches wanted in the team.”

Fortuin played four Varsity Cricket games for Maties, where the side narrowly lost out to Tuks in the final.

20150208 s Varsity Cricket in Potchefstroom.Maties plays Tuks in finals.Maties overjoyed after Justin Dill took the wicket from Jaques Mario van de Wall

Fortuin continued to league rugby for FNB Maties firsts and it was there where he decided to leave cricket for good. “I wanted to focus on rugby, because at the end of the day it is my ultimate favourite sport.”

The decision to leave cricket in the summer meant that coach Fourie, picked him in the FNB Maties squad for preseason and it was against FNB CUT last Monday night where Fortuin started at flyhalf for FNB Maties.

Fortuin had a superb game and was pivotal in FNB Maties’ attacking play as they put 70 points on the board.

Focussing solely on rugby, could we see him reach a rugby final this year and this time around, help his team cross the line?

By Andre Husamen

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