Sesona Macala has won the 2021 FNB Varsity Shield Overall Player That Rocks award.
The FNB CPUT No 8 received the award after his team's dramatic 30-26 extra-time win against the FNB WSU All Blacks in the final at Tuks Stadium on Sunday.
Macala saw off the challenge of FNB WSU lock Hlomla Payi and FNB TUT Vikings flyhalf Lusanda Xakwana in a public vote on the Varsity Cup's Facebook page.
Macala showcased his strength and speed during this year’s FNB Varsity Shield tournament, scoring three tries, including a memorable brace against the FNB TUT Vikings.
Meanwhile, FNB CPUT hooker Siyasanga Ngubelanga won the FNB Forward That Rocks award, for which Macala and Payi were also nominated.
Ngubelanga scored six tries in this year’s FNB Varsity Shield, including four against the FNB DUT Rhinos and two against the FNB TUT Vikings.
FNB WSU All Blacks fullback and captain Litha Nkula beat FNB CPUT wing Nathan Nkutu and Xakwana to the FNB Back That Rocks award.
Nkula scored 83 points this season, including three tries, 22 conversions and eight penalty goals.
He racked up 24 points (including two tries) against FNB Rhodes – the most by an FNB WSU player in an FNB Varsity Shield match – and is the all-time leading point-scorer for the All Blacks in the tournament (117).
2021 FNB VARSITY SHIELD AWARD WINNERS
FNB Overall Player That Rocks: Sesona Macala (FNB CPUT No 8) FNB Forward That Rocks: Siyasanga Ngubelanga (FNB CPUT hooker) FNB Back That Rocks: Litha Nkula (FNB WSU All Blacks fullback)