FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns reload for FNB UJ Young Guns challenge

FNB Varsity Cup, Young Guns

FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns have enjoyed their week after their emphatic drubbing of FNB CUT Young Guns but their next match against FNB UJ Young Guns will be a whole different kettle of fish.

Junior teams often struggle to keep to their structures when they run away with the scoreboard but for the most part, FNB UP-Tuks head coach Dabeon Draghoender, was a happy man.

"We did exceptionally well to stay within our structures and execute our game plan. There were times when the guys had a bit of white-line fever but I must commend the leadership group for reigning them in and getting a well-deserved win."

Draghoender has had to make several injury-enforced changes but is adamant that the changes will do what is needed of them against the FNB UJ Young Guns.

"We have lost several players to concussion and minor niggles but we're fortunate to have a squad brimming with talented depth so I know the new faces are hungry to prove themselves and become the incumbent in their position."

Turning his attention to the challenge ahead, Draghoender admitted that he is here to break the chain of usual answers to questions revolving around his team's preparations.

"Something I've noticed is that coaches tend to shine the spotlight on the opposition. I couldn't be bothered by FNB UJ Young Guns’ preparations. We have our season goals and specific goals related to this match. We have a job to do and we have the personnel to do so. And that is to win with a bonus point."

FNB UP-Tuks will play FNB UJ Young Guns at the UJ Stadium on Monday, 11 February. Kick-off is 16:00.

FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns: 15. Timothy Allies,  14. Ewan Botha, 13. Runé Lucas, 12. Enrique Oranje, 11. Jacques Olivier, 10. Edmund Ludick, 9. Cornelius Korff, 8. Edward Laubscher (C), 7. Reinhardt Smit, 6. Luke Jansen van Vuren, 5. Kamutombo Nkombua, 4. Louis Meiring, 3. Joshua Barrett, 2. Janco Uys, 1. Othandwayo Nogqala.

Replacements: 16. Eduan Swart, 17. Nicko Laubscher, 18. Willem Otto, 19. Dylan Mare, 20. Johannes Beukes, 21. Keagan Johannes, 22. Tyrique Ferris, 23. Clyde Lewis.