FNB Shimlas had a bye in round one and are facing their first challenge against the unknown FNB UWC on Monday 11 February 2019 at the UWC Sport Ground.
“We had great pre-season preparations. We started last year in November and went all the way until December the 14th. The boys looked great and ready for the 2019 FNB Varsity Cup,” said Coach Melusi who joined the FNB Shimlas coaching team in 2018.
The first game will be an away game in the backyard of the unknown FNB UWC. The challenge will be an interesting one, FNB Shimlas started with a bye and FNB UWC played against FNB Ikeys. It was a tough game for FNB UWC in their first encounter in the FNB Varsity Cup. They lost and will be desperate to pick up points against FNB Shimlas.
Coach Melusi confidently said: “We are ready, I know the boys will be up for the challenge. We worked hard on our processes and we know what we must do. It is going to be tough but we need to be direct and up for the challenge and conflict in the first 30 minutes. Their back three are very good so we have to be tactically good and execution needs to be on point.”
New, young and talented players in the FNB Shimlas squad boost confidence and excitement for the 2019 Varsity Cup. In 2018 the FNB Shimlas struggled with depth in the front row; this year a positive impact will be made by Ruan Kramer, an experienced tight head prop supported by John Henry Fincham, tight head, who played for Free State U/19 last year. He is strong in the scrums, and has the ability to defend. Bandile Lekhuleni a young hooker from KES, has great potential and great skills, possesses a pinpoint throw-in and has great scrumming ability.
Scrumhalf Zack Burger, utility back Keagan Hamman, Cham Mzondeki and lock Sihle Diniso are new players who will boost the 2019 Varsity Cup campaign for the FNB Shimlas.