It is often said there's always a positive in every negative situation and for FNB UJ Shaun Williams fits that billing.
It has been an indifferent start to the current FNB Varsity Cup season for the Orange Army. The team registered their third straight defeat in the competition on Monday after a last-minute 26-24 loss away to table-toppers FNB UP-Tuks. It means that they remain bottom of the cumulative 2019-20 log, on nine points (three and six behind FNB UWC and FNB CUT respectively), which will determine the relegation scenario come the end of the season.
That said, Williams has emerged with credit, despite UJ’s difficult start. The pint-sized fullback has been the star performer in each of his team’s matches thus far. In the season-opener against FNB UCT he claimed the Steers Kinging Moment for an outstanding long-range try and the 21-year-old from Rustenburg repeated the feat against UP-Tuks. The personal accolades are bitter-sweet though because of his team’s losses.
“I am very disappointed. We've put everything we had and scored first points, but we allowed Tuks to come back,” Williams told varsitycup.co.za after the heart-breaking loss.
"However, I am very happy with my personal performance. I think I can just improve a bit more in attacking and defending.”
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Dewey Swartbooi's charges currently find themselves in seventh position on the log standings with just two points. As such, they know that theirs is now a battle for Varsity Cup survival, rather than the playoff goal they would have set themselves pre-season.
“Our next game is away in Potchefstroom and we promise to make it worth the wait," admitted the Transport Management student.
As it happens, the Orange Army will have an extra week to prepare for that crunch tie against FNB NWU as they have a bye in the fourth round of the competition next week.