HALF TIME! FNB Pukke end the first half with a healthy 25-3 lead over FNB Tuks in Pretoria. In picture: Barend Janse Van Rensburg dotting down for the first ever nine point try in world rugby

Varsity Cup champion to make Super Rugby debut for Sharks

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Twenty-year-old, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, who represented the FNB NWU-Pukke in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will make his Super Rugby debut for the Cell C Sharks on Saturday 18 March against the Kings.

Janse van Rensburg scored the first nine-point try in Varsity Cup history as he flew over the try line in their opening match against FNB Tuks and lifted the trophy later in 2016 with his team. This youngster will make his start at flyhalf against the Kings.

“I am really looking forward to my debut,” said Janse van Rensburg. “I think it could only be a very exciting possibility. My time with the Sharks up to now has been very enjoyable.”

The hard work from the newcomer paid off with big opportunities coming his way in the space of just a year.

“Varsity Cup has definitely given me an opportunity for new friendships with players I played with. I’ve gained self-confidence in my rugby career thanks to the tournament, which will come in handy for the future as well as each game I play in,” he added. “The jump from Varsity Cup to Super Rugby was a big change. I never thought it would be possible to happen to me within a year’s time.”

Not only is he moving up the rugby ladder, but also improving some off-field skills.

“My use of English has improved down here in Durban,” joked Janse van Rensburg.

He has big shoes to fill as Janse van Rensburg replaces an injured Patrick Lambie.

By Raynique Meyer

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