The story of Lubelo Scott reads like a movie script, sounding almost too good to be true. And looking at the inside centre of FNB UWC, it is hard to contemplate the hardship this now confident young man had to endure early in his life.
His mother, Nomonde,was sentenced to prison for five years for a drug-related crime and could not contemplate leaving her five-month-old son in the care of others. Lubelo went with her.
Lubelo saw the outside world for the first time when his mother was released on parole after five years behind bars. After her release,Nomonde was adamant about giving her son a good life and enrolled at the University of the Western Cape to study law.
It’s almost like it was destined for Lubelo to also decided to study law at the same institution after completing his schooling at Bishops Diocesan College. It was at the famous school that he made his mark, scoring impressive tries at will.
The speedy player gives a lot of credit to his number-one supporter. Nomondo is in the stands regularly, passionately cheering on her son.
Lubelo has been a mainstay in the UWC team since 2018 and helped the team gain promotion from the Varsity Shield competition to the Varsity Cup that same year. His former coach, the late Springbok legend, Chester Williams, described the outside centre as possessing the key qualities of vision, speed and attitude.
“The sport of rugby gave me the ability to express my sporting ability,” Scott says.
With UWC starting their Varsity Shield campaign with a convincing victory over FNB Rhodes in round 1 (87-5), the signs are certainly there that Lubelo Scott will once again play a big part in their success this season.
by Ian Morris