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Vernon Paulo full of praise for NWU’s 2023 campaign

Updated: Mar 23

After three victories and one defeat, FNB NWU Eagles hooker Vernon Paulo is full of praise for his team’s performance so far in the 2023 FNB Varsity Cup. At the same time, he is calling for consistency for the last four matches leading into the playoffs.

The Eagles are at the top of the log, two points clear of FNB CUT. Their only defeat came against FNB Maties at home in Potchefstroom, 28-31 on 6 March.

Paulo says the team has had a good start and they want to maintain their good form.

“I think we’ve had a good campaign so far, there are a few points to work on and get better at. From here it’s very important to win every game and get points out of every game. It’s important to maintain the form we’re on and show consistency so we can achieve our team objectives.

“It’s all about everyone doing their jobs. We have to train better, play better, and the coaches have to coach better and keep the environment healthy and starving for success.”

Paulo has had a stellar start to the campaign and has picked up the FNB Player That Rocks award, something he is proud of.

“It’s a good thing for me and that’s because of my teammates and coaches, they played a huge part in me achieving this. So for me, it’s about doing my job and giving my best every game.”

Next up for the Eagles is FNB CUT at the Fanie du Toit Sports ground. Just two points separate the teams at the top of the log and Paulo says it will be one of NWU’s toughest matches.

“CUT will be tough because they’ve been winning against good teams. They’re playing fast rugby, so we’re going to have to adapt to that and try to take it away from them.”

by Lesiba Dikoba


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