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FNB CUT’s Tylor Sefoor relives shock victory over Maties

Updated: Mar 23

The new FNB CUT flyhalf Tylor Sefoor says he will remember his first start in the FNB Varsity Cup for as long as he lives as it turned out to be a memorable and historic night in Stellenbosch for the team from Bloemfontein.

Sefoor, who completed matric just last year at Hoërskool Monument in Krugersdorp, was thrown into the deep end when he was named at flyhalf for the match against five-time former champions FNB Maties. The Ixias arguably pulled off the biggest upset so far of the 2023 Varsity Cupby grinding out a hard-fought 23-19 win over Maties at the iconic Danie Craven Stadium. Sefoor was successful with two conversions and three penalties.

With heroes that include former Ixias fullback and 2021 Varsity Cup Player of the Tournament, Cohen Jasper (currently at the Cheetahs), and Lions outside back, Edwill van der Merwe, Sefoor says the match in Stellenbosch was an experience that he won’t easily forget.

“The match against Wits (20 February) was my debut for the Ixias and the game against Maties was my first start for the team. I was thrown into the deep end a bit when I found out that I was going to be starting against Maties, who are one of the really big teams. I was pumped about that and I was also calm leading into the game, but naturally, there were also a few butterflies.

“Monday night was definitely a special one and everyone went into the game thinking we don’t have the slightest of chances. It was a great experience and one that I’ll never forget. The Danie Craven Stadium is really a special place, especially with my family seeing me play in person for the first time in a while.

“We showed character to pull it through in the end. The team is certainly pumped, but the focus is purely on the next job at hand, which is facing Tuks next week (6 March).”


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