Jacques takes a look at this weeks round of Varsity Cup action and the surprise package which is the team for PE.
We are in week four of the Varsity Cup and the competition is getting more exciting each week.
Varsity Cup is also promising to be as unpredictable as ever if you saw the Maties vs. Madiba’s game last week.
Looking at that game and the game last night (Saturday) of the newly promoted Kings, the Eastern Cape is busy evolving. A lot has been said by Morne and other bloggers on the undeveloped talent in the Eastern Cape and the region is showing the rest of the country they have arrived and they want to stay here.
I was stunned by the commitment of both (Senior and Varsity) teams this past week from the region and I will be the first to say in both my predictions I gave these matches to their opponents by plenty. How much do commitment and passion count for in a rugby match?
Rugby demands certain qualities of a man, commitment, courage, loyalty and the ability to earn your teammates’ trust. This is simple qualities that any team should have in there structures to be successful. These are the qualities I do see in Varsity teams and also over the weekend in the Kings Super Rugby outfit. I truly believe if you lose that you lose the whole concept of the game of rugby and that is where we will just become another code of zombies playing for money.
What is my definition on commitment and passion of a rugby player or team?
Actually it is simple; it inspires your own team, and surprises the opposition. Whenever players do more than they are expected to do, it changes the balance of forces in a game. If several players exceed their expected quota of effort and commitment, the effect on the team’s performance can be exponential.
I am sure that we will see enough of these qualities in the match of the week which has already been branded “The Clash of the Titans”. We will see Maties travel to Pretoria, to take on the champions in their own back yard. Although Tuks came unstuck in their opening match against Pukke they are again building up to be the team to beat this year. Maties have shown their good and bad side already this year and although they are on top for the log after three weeks, they are not an unbeatable team this year.
In the other games we have Ikey Tigers taking on Pukke in Potchefstroom. UCT is still searching for their first win of the year. Another lost for UCT will most certainly be a big blow for them.
- FNB Wits v FNB UJ, Wits Rugby Stadium – 4.45pm (Live on Supersport One)
- FNB UP-Tuks v FNB Maties, Tuks Rugby Stadium – 7pm (Live on Supersport One)
- FNB NWU-Pukke v FNB UCT, Fanie du Toit Sports Ground – 7pm
- FNB NMMU v FNB Shimlas, NMMU Stadium – 7pm
You can follow game updates on twitter and Ruggaworld during the matches.
**additional information from www.varsitycup.co.za and Sports Media365.
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