FNB UWC still on course
Despite losing to FNB TUT Vikings at home on Monday, FNB UWC head coach Peter de Villiers is still optimistic about his side winning this year’s Varsity Shield competition, and believes they have all the attributes necessary to make this goal a reality.
“We know what we want. The players know what we want. Everybody knows what we want. And according to plans we should take the cup. It will be tough, but we have all the makings to go all the way.”
The former Springbok mentor noted that to achieve their goal, however, his charges have no room for errors similar to those that cost them maximum points against the Tshwane-based TUT.
In front of a capacity-full and vocal crowd, the Bellville-based UWC outfit were comfortable leading 16-0 early in the game, but FNB TUT responded strongly to snatch the game 34-31.
“We controlled the first few minutes brilliantly, scoring 16 quick points,” De Villiers commented. “We thought the game would be easy. The guys thought they can do it on their own, not as a team. That was to our detriment. We paid a big price for that. I still can’t believe we lost that game.”
De Villiers said that when his side lost the plot, TUT came back and played with conventional driving play off the field, and his defence was not always spot-on.
Although they lost the game, FNB UWC remain at the top of the log standings, level with FNB TUT on five points and one bonus point apiece, but with a superior points difference, thanks to the 26-8 victory away at FNB Fort Hare a week earlier. FNB UWC will look to consolidate their spot when they travel to champions CUT IXIAS on Monday, 10 February, in what will be a repeat of last year’s Varsity Shield final.
De Villiers encouraged supporters to continue backing the team. “We disappointed the crowd because we didn’t give them a win, but we will be back and will give them what they come here for.”