Varsity Cup Dream Team for 2018

FNB Varsity Cup

While in 2018 there was unfortunately no Varsity Cup Dream team versus the Junior Boks exhibition match, Kamva Somdyala has selected an unofficial Dream Varsity Cup XV that would have given the Junior Boks a run for their money.


15 Tapiwa Mafura (FNB NWU)
Mafura, so lethal in FNB NWU’s season and influential to them reaching the final is an easy pick for this position. He amassed a total of five tries this season and his vision for space sets him apart from his fullback counterparts.

14 Duncan Saal (FNB Maties)
With a frame like Rene Ranger, Saal was the form wing this Varsity Cup season. His 10 tries this season speak to his electrifying pace and his eye for the try line. He has been instrumental both as an attacker and defender this past season.

13 Akhona Nela (FNB NWU)

In a positional switch with Chris Smit, Nela’s season was defined by neat feat, quick passing and pace to burn. He wouldn’t be found wanting at outside centre because of his intelligence as a centre.

12 Chris Smit (FNB Maties)
A typical South African centre who was solid for FNB Maties both on attack and defence, Smit was head and shoulders above his counter parts this season with his work off the ball particularly impressive as his work on the ball.

11 Edwill van der Merwe (FNB Maties)
The sniping winger was sensational for FNB Maties in his creation of tries and go forward ball, which often went unnoticed. His consistency in in his play throughout the season coupled with his work rate set him up to be the winger of this particular team.

10 Lubabalo Dobela (FNB Shimlas)

Dobela set the Varsity Cup scene alight in FNB Shimlas’ first game of the season and from there has been a commanding general for his side. His side did not progress to the knock-out stages but his marshalling of his team has been something to marvel.

9 Remu Malan (FNB Maties)
The nippy scrumhalf not only kept FNB Maties’ backline going, but kept opposition defenders guessing with his crisp passes which he interchanged with more often than not accurate kicking. His defence was also his key weapon this season.

8 Marno Redelinghuys (FNB Maties)
The raging 8th man was instrumental in FNB Maties’ campaign this season. Fighting in the trenches and powerful in open play. His efforts saw him being nominated for overall ‘Forward That Rocks’.

7 Estehan Visagie (FNB NWU)
Perhaps a ‘silent-killer’ in the FNB NWU pack, Visagie’s work was brutal, focused and disciplined. He was never found wanting in the big games and his go forward drive inspired FNB NWU to many victories this past season.

6 Constant Beckerling (FNB Wits)

Not only is Beckerling good with his words as a leader, he is good as a player as well, an attribute which is often papered over by the anticipation for his post-match interviews. Beckerling, as a player was just as lethal and direct for his FNB Wits side with his inspired performances leading his team to a Varsity Cup semi-final spot.

5 Walt Steenkamp (FNB NWU)
The overall FNB Player That Rocks which went to Steenkamp was well deserved (votes aside), Steenkamp mixed intelligence with precision in the way he went about his business this season and was crucial to FNB NWU’s drive for a final spot.

4 Johan Momsen (FNB Maties)
The hulking lock was a key figure in FNB Maties’ campaign. Often the recipient of Player That Rocks awards, Momsen stamped his authority as the premier lock in this year’s competition.

3 Andrew Beerwinkel (FNB Tuks)
A seasoned campaigner, Beerwinkel was key in a disappointing season for FNB Tuks and again stamped his authority as a scrummager and intelligent prop in open play – consistently for FNB Tuks this past season.

2 Maliviwe Simanga (FNB WSU)

Simanga set social media alight with his two tries and assist against FNB CPUT, which included an intercept try from inside his own half. Another 60-metre try against FNB CUT in their promotion-relegation match was almost enough to see his side promoted. A talented no.2 in the mould of Schalk Brits.

1 Chippie Oelofse (FNB Maties)
As a leader of the winning Varsity Cup team, Oelofse’s credentials didn’t end as a leader of men by words alone, but also by his play.

Full starting XV