FNB Rhodes’ hopes of advancement crushed as they have one game left to play

FNB Varsity Shield

FNB Rhodes travelled up to Pretoria on Monday night to face a side that hadn’t won a single game all season, and with positive weeks of FNB Rhodes rugby and vast improvement, so for the first time, FNB Rhodes went up as somewhat ‘Titans’ against a team they made seem ‘the underdogs’, although playing away.

The result saw FNB Rhodes crumble to yet another loss, their fourth this season out of five and with one more game to play. The game never ran away from anyone, and both sides were in it all through the game, but FNB TUT held Rhodes on a high line and denied them the ability to score and defend sufficiently to keep out the enthusiastic hosts.

FNB Rhodes went down 25-17 at TUT Stadium, having been in the game all evening, but failing to go and stay ahead throughout the critical points of the game.

The team has struggled with a sense of self-belief, according to many supporters, stating that they do not have the mental strength to see out a game. While many FNB Rhodes games see The Stallions hold their own and their team opposition to a tight scoreline and even command a lead, it slips away very from FNB Rhodes, and that’s the problem!

The team has the potential, the ability, the wherewithal, the facilities and opportunities, training staff and player dynamic, but the victory that determines what is a victory comes from their mindset, which has dipped, although much improved off the back of their very first victory against the University of Fort Hare earlier this year.

FNB Rhodes play FNB CPUT on March 18th next Monday, and FNB CPUT sit pretty at the higher part of the table in second with three wins in four. They come to Great Field looking to confirm a top spot while FNB Rhodes will want to keep the score as low as possible, so as to create hope for a possible second and final victory of the season to avoid yet another bottom spot.