Following their historical first FNB Varsity Cup home game, FNB UWC went down to a very strong FNB Shimlas side, 47-25, at a rather windy UWC Sport Stadium on Monday 11 February. This coming week, FNB UWC will face a very strong FNB NWU in their own backyard - the ever intimidating Fanie du Toit in Potchefstroom.
The home side were trailing by just one point (21-20) at the halftime break, and offered much hope to a sold-out passionate Udubs crowd. Head coach Chester Williams said in the weeks leading up to the opening round, that FNB UWC maiden FNB Varsity Cup season will be used to familiarise them with new environments. Also, hopefully picking up a few wins along their way through finishing EXPERIENCE 101.
For Williams, however, it will be of utmost importance as to how the side will fair outside of the Western Cape. Having only played two matches so far - one against FNB Ikeys at the Green mile and one at home - it is imperative for the Bellville side to send out a strong message that does not paint them as easy targets.
Tristan Leyds, high flying versatile back for FNB UWC believes that it is all about embracing the experience and learning from the mistakes to improve week after week.
"We focus on one game at a time," Leyds told www.varsitycup.co.za. "It is important to not look too far ahead, so we rest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we get back it."
Leyds believes that the newcomers aren't just here to fill up seats, now obviously this is something no player in an incoming side would deny and say "Yes, sir, we are just here to fill up the numbers." But, Leyds did add that it is about getting as close to the championship sides, that FNB UWC wish to achieve from this season.
"We just want to meet their (FNB NWU) standards and hope that we can pick up some learnings that we can translate into wins."
There is some Cape flavour already in Potch even before the Bushies arrive. FNB NWU head coach Jonathan Mokuena hails from Lavender Hill in Cape Town but has been at the helm of the Potch side since 2015. He steered them to their first FNB Varsity Cup title in 2016 when they beat three-time champions FNB Maties in Stellenbosch, 7-6.
FNB NWU v FNB UWC kicks off at 18h30.