FNB Falcons retain CUT CRL title

FNB Varsity Cup, Koshuis Rugby

The FNB Falcons rugby team ended their 2019 season with a successful defence of their FNB CUT Campus Rugby League title, after edging the final against the FNB Lions team.

The Falcons ended top of the campus rugby log by a single point advantage, and faced the Lions in an exciting final match this year. Following a hard-fought encounter, the Falcons secured a tense 12-10 win against their north campus rivals.

“I am quite happy with our season”, captain SW van Zyl told varsitycup.co.za.

“We have a well-balanced side, with the core of the side available again for 2020.

“Although we do not have a team loaded with individual star players, we have a great team spirit and have gelled into an effective unit, who play for each other with all the passion in the world”, Van Zyl added.

Head coach of the FNB CUT Falcons, Frans Sisita, also added to the optimism in the group, believing that the side would only improve on this year’s performances.

“In 2019 we had to find each other, with Clinton Toua and myself taking over the coaching reigns in the team.

“I firmly believe that 2020 can be a great season for us, and that we intend playing typical running rugby, characteristic of varsity rugby in general”, Sista told varsitycup.co.za after the final of the FNB CUT Campus Rugby League.

The standard of CUT’s campus rugby, once again, showed improvement and maturity.

Helgard Muller, the former Springbok and current Rugby Manager at CUT Rugby Club, added his satisfaction with the quality of campus rugby at the university.

“We may be the smallest rugby university in the Varsity Cup, but our teams will always show guts and 'gees' in every single match we play”, Muller said.

The various CUT teams are already busy with the planning and preparation for the important 2020 FNB Varsity Cup season ahead, where the promotion/relegation feature will, once again, add to the drama and suspense of South Africa’s premier varsity rugby tournament.