2017 Varsity Shield, Kurt Lee Arendse of UWC tackles Dewar Thompson of TUT during the match presented by Steinhoff, FNB and STEERS. Monday, 27 February 2017
FNB UWC vs FNB TUT at UWC Sport ground, Cape Town. 


Vikings down but not out

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The FNB TUT Vikings registered their second loss in three matches of the 2017 FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International competition when they went down 30-10 to hosts University of the Western Cape on Monday.

The mighty FNB TUT Vikings opened the competition in fine form when they beat newcomers, Rhodes University, 16-12.

The team showed character, composition and great ball distribution, winning hearts of the Tshwane fans. Their fighting spirit sustained them, even when they faced log leaders, Walter Sisulu University, where the Vikings fell short with just one try to match them.

In a post-match interview, Marius Scholtz, the Vikings coach, said unfortunately it was not the result they expected; but they need to give credit where it is due. He added that they were physical and managed to disrupt them in the breakdown.

“We didn’t dominate the set pieces as expected, but credit to our boys; we kept ourselves in the game for 70 minutes at 17-13 and asked a lot of questions of their defence,” he said.

According to Marius, the two soft tries at the end made the game look like a one-way affair, which he said it clearly wasn’t. He remains immovable that his soldiers will regroup on Wednesday and start preparing for their match with the University of Fort Hare (FNB UFH) on Monday.

“We are still in the running and still believe we will reach the playoffs and then go on to reach our ultimate goal of reaching the finals,” he indicated.

Meanwhile, Claude Johannes, the team’s captain, said they failed to execute the game plan and committed many silly mistakes. “We still have a big chance, considering that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology humbled the competition favourites, University of KwaZulu-Natal 51-20 last night.

Shadrack Nthangeni said the team has the potential to bounce back and what encourages them is the fact that they are playing more as a team. He said the fighting spirit displayed on Monday is a good indication of a team hungry for success.

“Let us continue to fully support the boys. I am optimistic that the remaining three matches of the competition will assist the Vikings to improve their standing in the log,” he added.

By Mokete Radebe

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