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‘Winning the FNB Varsity Cup would be something special’

FNB Varsity Cup

FNB UCT Ikeys fullback Duran Koevort on Monday’s FNB Varsity Cup semi-final against FNB Maties and his toughest opponent.

Where are you from and how did you start playing rugby? I was born in Durban and when I was a baby we moved to Cape Town, which is where I grew up. I started watching rugby on TV at a young age with my father. I started playing rugby in Grade 1 and have loved the game ever since.

How are the Ikey Tigers approaching Monday’s big semi-final against FNB Maties at UCT? Now that we’re into the semis we need to remain focused on what’s required of us and not let the occasion get to us.

Is the team a bit nervous? Yes, but it's always good to be nervous. We’re also very excited about this opportunity.

What’s like playing for FNB UCT and what would winning this year's FNB Varsity Cup mean to you? It’s amazing to play for UCT with the team culture we have and the values we stand for. Winning this year's Varsity Cup would be something special for all Ikey Tigers – players, management, executives and supporters.

What’s your ultimate rugby goal? To go all the way and play for the Springboks.

Who’s your biggest motivator? My mother motivates and inspires me the most on a day-to-day basis.

Which rugby player do you look up to? Cheslin Kolbe.

Who’s the toughest opponent you’ve faced? Stravino Jacobs, back in high school. The presence he had with ball in hand was like no other.

What are you studying at UCT? A Bachelor of Social Science majoring in economics. I’m currently in my second year.

Interview by Ayanda Frances Felem

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