FNB Oppierif’s collective effort has put them ahead of the rest managing to beat the Western Cape side, FNB Cobras, 47-16 to secure the title convincingly.
The match between FNB Oppierif and FNB Cobras began with both teams defending very well, making sure neither of them received an early upper hand. After the first 10 minutes of the game, the FNB Cobras looked a team that could score every time they attacked the FNB Oppierif 22 metre line. The likes of Musa Tshabalala and Banele Ngwenya at the last line of defence dealt well with being pushed back into their own half. The evenly matched affair between the FNB Oppierif and FNB Cobras had exciting moments and both teams could have capitalised and put their team ahead, but failed to do so.
Lindo Ngcobo from the Johannesburg side was one of the players who stood out with his pace, side stepping and physicality. The FNB Oppierif side played very well as team and towards the end of the first half they were rewarded, when they received a scrum in the FNB Cobras’ half and with a great team effort, used that momentum combining well as team, to setup Lindo Ngcobo for his first try of the match.
FNB Oppierif led 8-0 heading into the break. It was a tough first half for both sides, with neither of the teams looking to give anything away – a classic final.
Spectators witnessed a different team as the second half kicked off. FNB Oppierif were full of energy, hustling and selfless with the ball. It was a performance of champions. It was evident that FNB Oppierif were enjoying their rugby and one could see that in their side’s attitude in carrying the ball forward. It became a one-sided encounter at certain moments of the game.
Tries from Bangura Nahum, Banele Ngwenya, Tshepo Thulo, Thabiso Ntombela and Dwaine Bowles sealed it for FNB Oppierif. Both teams had players in Jordan Russel (FNB Cobras) and Phenyo Seriteng (FNB Oppierif), coming off the bench to register points on the scoresheet.
By then the game had already been won and far out of reach for the opposition. The score sheet was a true reflection of the game, as the UJ residence dominated and were deserved victors on the day.
Well done to FNB Oppierif for winning the FNB Res Rugby Premiership title.
Well done to those who have contributed and played a hand in working tirelessly to make the FNB Varsity Cup a fruitful platform for aspiring rugby players from the different levels of the sport code.