The first ever Varsity Cup match televised in 2008 was between Maties and Tuks at the Danie Craven stadium in Stellenbosch, this game ended up in a 31 all draw. Four years down the line these two team will meet in the final of the 2012 season in Pretoria.
When I saw Heineke Meyer involved last year in the Tuks setup, I knew that this team will become something special. Under Marais as head coach, Tuks went from sixth in 2010 to runners up in 2011.
In 2011, when the cooperation between UP-Tuks and the Blue Bulls reached new heights Marais was overseen by new Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who was then the Director of Rugby at the Blue Bulls Company. Instead of being overwhelmed by the mere presence of such a great as Meyer, Marais was prepared to learn from the master himself. Marais explained: “Having Heyneke in the same corner was awesome. He is an inspiring coach, mentor and human being. He could have taken over completely without anybody raising an eyebrow, but instead he gave me the space to do my own thing.
“We deserve to be where we are this year,” Botha told the official Varsity Cup website ahead of Monday’s finale at the Tuks Rugby Stadium. “We ended top of the log, we won our semifinal and it’s our right to host the final in front of our home fans. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Coach Roux will be guiding his side to a fourth Varsity Cup Final in five years. “There’s no point over-thinking things too much ahead of a final,” said Roux, “I won’t do it, and I’ve told the team not to do it either.”You can’t be too serious about the whole thing,” he added, “and I’ve told the players to make time to take it all in, to not be too serious on the day and to have a smile on their faces. All we can do as a team is get our execution right and ensure that we stop their momentum
“We’ll be doing what we’ve been doing all year, “winning by one point in injury-time!”
It is an open question who will take the spoils tonight but one thing will be certain it will be a hell of a game.
The first ever team I supported was Maties, and that will never change. Thinking back on this season the two teams deserve their places in the final and since last year I picked Tuks for the win in the final. Maybe a year later but I do feel they will have the home ground advantage and used it tonight. I will go against my heart and give this final to Tuks with 10 points.
In my heart I will still hope that Maties will pull it through though. The silver lining is that the souties from the mountain UCT will play in promotion relegation match against CUT.
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