Can the Ikey’s eighthman be the difference?

FNB Varsity Cup

Nyasha Tarusenga is one of the men for FNB UCT who has to be on his A-game for the rest of the season if they wish to progress further in the FNB Varsity Cup.

The Ikey Tigers have shown in matches gone by that they prefer taking the ball to ground and that is seen in the amount of tries their forwards have secured. It is not often, but still very impressive, that you see your hooker, lock, flank or eighthman as weekly try-scorers. Usually it is the glory boys of the backline with their Habana-like mid-air jump over the white line who traditionally trouble the scorers.

FNB UCT’s eigthman, Nyasha Tarusenga, who just recently earned himself his 50th FNB Varsity Cup cap and the FNB Player That Rocks award, is one of the key players for the Ikey Tigers if they wish to progress further in the tournament. He has shown his experience at the back of the scrum, in the lineout, as well as at the breakdown. What has been most impressive though is his ability to use his stature and speed to seamlessly pierce through the defence, and his home crowd can bear testament to that.

Nyasha seems to have all the qualities to be set for a long and successful professional career, but he has a tough job ahead in the blue and white jersey. It would be in the Ikeys’ best interests to throw Nyasha the ball more often by coming up with creative new tactics for their set-pieces. Nyasha has shown the danger that he poses to opposition and it is hard to miss him on the field.

With the recent 32-17 loss to FNB NWU at the Fanie du Toit Sports Ground, all of Nyasha Tarusenga’s FNB Varsity Cup experience will need to be called upon to show mature and street-smart rugby. Nyasha and the team will need to capitalise on every opportunity that presents itself to them on the field because every game going forward truly does count.