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UFH women ready to seize opportunity in final against Maties

FNB UFH says they are ready to face defending champions FNB Maties in tomorrow’s final (Friday 26 April) of the 2024 FNB Varsity Cup Women in Pretoria. Kick-off is at 14:00 at the Tuks Stadium. 


Captain Sivuyiseko Makhomazi shared her perspective on their journey, expectations and the significance of the women's tournament with Varsity Rugby. 


"The results have been pleasing, from the first win against (FNB) UJ. Our fitness levels helped us fight the whole 80 minutes. It wasn't one of the toughest games, but we made mistakes. We'll aim to be more clinical in the final.” 


UFH comprehensively beat FNB UWC in their next match before wiping the floor with FNB Tuks in the semi-final.  

Makhomazi acknowledges they will have to be on their game against Maties, especially where strategy and focus are concerned.  


"Their backline is fast, and we'll need more strength to counter. Discipline will be crucial, as it will win us the game.  


On the importance of the tournament in the growth of the sport among women, Makhomazi says: 


"It opens opportunities for us, like playing for the Springboks. The competition is growing, and being part of it is fun.” 


Coach Ntyatyambo Mkhafu echoes Makhomazi’s statements, saying their journey exemplifies the empowerment and growth that women's rugby brings, and they aim to make their mark on the field come Friday. 


“Our results have been fantastic, with notable improvements in scores. The final against Maties will be a fierce battle. We anticipate a close game with plenty of action. The women's tournament is a game-changer. It's about growth, both on and off the field." 


by Thembela Tangana  

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