FNB Varsity Cup
Wing Marcqiewn Titus on playing for FNB Maties in the FNB Varsity Cup and balancing academics and rugby.
How did FNB Maties feel after Monday night's 61-21 win against the FNB Madibaz, in which you scored a hat-trick? We were happy with the win, but we felt like there is still room for improvement. Especially in the second half of the game when we tend to slow down.
What does playing for FNB Maties mean to you? It's an absolute honour and a dream come true. Knowing that Maties is the most successful team in Varsity Cup [with five titles] makes me feel even more proud to play for them.
What's it like playing at the fortress that is the Danie Craven Stadium? It's always exciting to play there. It's my favourite place to play. The atmosphere and the support are on another level.
You are a B.Agriculture student. How do you balance rugby and academics? It's actually quite difficult being a student-athlete and to find that balance between academics and rugby. I always try to convince myself that academics come first, then rugby. I always try to finish assignments as soon as possible so that it doesn't put too much pressure on me in the long run, and I try to get as much help from friends who are doing the same degree as me.
What are your plans for next year? I want to finish my degree and hopefully play another Varsity Cup season for the Maroon Machine.
Interview by Dorfling Terblanche
Photo: Luigi Bennett/ASEM Engage