(Published - 19 March 2019)
UWC rugby team wrote their name in the history books when they won their first ever Varsity Cup game following a spirited 29-17 victory over the University of Johannesburg last night.
Tries by FNB Player that Rocks (man of the match) Aidynn Cupido, Baby Bok Lyle Hendricks, Justin Theys and Labib Kannemeyer - as well as Cupido’s three conversions and a penalty - were enough for FNB UWC to break through and collect their first points in the competition.
Although Udubs went into the game with five consecutive defeats, the University community displayed their unwavering support for the team. They packed UWC Sports Stadium and cheered relentlessly. That seemed to have spurred on the team as they came from behind at half-time to convincingly beat FNB UJ with a bonus point.
Coach Lionel Langenhoven is over the moon with the victory.
“This means a helluva a lot for the University. It was so amazing that the fans were always behind the team. Its goose bumps stuff and I’m so proud to be part of this university and serve the new South Africa.”
Langenhoven said discipline in the team made all the difference. “Remember, we had a lot of yellow cards in the previous games and that led to our downfall. Tonight the discipline of the guys was excellent and they stuck to the plan. We knew we could take on our opponents and it was up to us to ensure that we secured the win.”
UWC captain, Adrian Paarwater, said even before the game the team was positive. “The vibe was up and there was positive energy. Once we saw the odds were in our favour the boys were extremely proud to be Bushies. We will take this momentum into our next game.”
Meanwhile, the University’s Young Guns bagged their third win in six matches when they overcame their counterparts from UJ 43-27 in a curtain-raiser match yesterday afternoon. The win put UWC Young Guns fifth in the log standing, signaling a positive future for University rugby.
FNB UWC will travel to Wits University on Monday, before concluding their maiden Varsity Cup campaign for 2019 at Stellenbosch University where they will take on FNB Maties.