FNB UJ is a wounded lion. The Joburg troops are nursing the effects of some serious defeats handed to them by FNB NWU and FNB Tuks, making the visitors a most dangerous outfit for the third round fixture in the 2019 Varsity Cup campaign against FNB CUT in Bloemfontein.
Although FNB CUT also suffered defeats from their first two rounds, those defeats were on the road, and this FNB UJ clash will be their first home match of the current season.
Team manager for FNB CUT, Skillie Bester, believes this encounter is a must-win clash for both FNB CUT and FNB UJ alike.
“We are in for an almighty clash of power rugby on Monday afternoon and the fiery CUT supporters are in for a huge treat of merciless and hard rugby, between two teams who love spreading the ball wide at every opportunity.
“All CUT supporters are urged to be at the field and help carry us over this crucial hurdle in our 2019 campaign,” Bester told Varsity Cup.
According to the coaches of FNB CUT, only three changes were made to the Ixias team from their clash with FNB Wits a week ago.
“Continuity is important in most levels of rugby, and we are improving with every game this year,” head coach Pieter Bergh said.
“All we need is to ensure we finish off our phases of play and score more tries. This is the only way to be competitive in securing vital wins in our eight-match season,” he added.
The FNB UJ pride will come out fighting from the first kick off, but the Ixias Blue Brigade will be ready for whatever the City of Gold garrison throws at them.
This match will see both teams fighting with their backs to the wall, but with this being their first home match of the season, there should be just that little more pressure on the home side.
FNB CUT: 15. Cohan Jasper; 14. Jason Raubenheimer; 13. Ruan Wasserman; 12. Heinrich Bitzi; 11. Rasmus Breedt; 10. Marc Morrison; 9. Nikky Hattingh. 8. Hardus Nel; 7. Luvuyo Ndevo; 6. Ruan Smit; 5. Rayno Nel; 4. SJ Wessels; 3. Tebogo Masemola; 2. Anrich Alberts; 1. Edward Davids.
Reserves: 16. Ruben Cross; 17. Quintin Vorster; 18. Henco Smit; 19. Sylvester Makakole; 20. Ngozi Songezo; 21. Estiaan van Rensburg; 22. Andre Hanekom; 23. Karabo Maqeba.