After three successive losses, defending champions FNB UP-Tuks are in desperate need of a miracle in the 2023 FNB Varsity Cup.
Tonight’s fourth-round clash against log leaders FNB NWU Eagles at home in Pretoria is therefore of critical importance.
Centre Pierre Fourie says he still believes they can turn it around.
“We have our backs against the wall at this stage but there are a lot of good things we did, however, small errors cost us the games. I think our work rate needs to pick up a bit and the belief in the team as well.”
The former Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool alumni did not have much game time last season, but he recalls one of his best moments was when he was called in at the last minute to play in the final against Maties.
“One of the highlights in my rugby career was when I donned the Affies jersey at Loftus Versfeld in my matric year. But the biggest would be winning the 2022 Varsity Cup, it was the best feeling ever. I wasn’t in the starting line-up until Sunday afternoon when one of our players got injured and they brought me in. Now I am seeking to win it again.”
Fourie believes his team can still turn things around for back-to-back titles in what is his last year of Varsity Cup. He says pursuing rugby on a professional level is his main aim.
“It is my final year, I want to make a statement, I want to win it again.
“I am happy with my performance. We strive to be better every day, we have come a long way and worked hard for this. It is a privilege to wear the Tuks jersey, looking at everyone that came through the Tuks ranks.”