‘Rugby that Rocks’: UKZN raring to go

2012-02-02 00:00

THE Varsity Shield rugby competition stands out from other competitions.

There is a lot to look forward to at 7 pm tonight when the Pietermaritzburg-based University of KwaZulu-Natal XV tackle the Central University of Technology (CUT) of Bloemfontein at the Peter Booysen Sports Park in Scottsville.

By design, the Varsity Shield is an on-campus rugby experience.

The slogan, “Rugby that Rocks”, encourages an upbeat atmosphere created by crowd announcers and accompanied by music and vocal support for each team.

“We encourage the Midlands community to take ownership of our Varsity team and give them their support,” UKZN head coach Beans Bateman told The Witness yesterday.

Team manager Woody Newman said the squad were fit and raring to go.

“The guys are jumping out of their skins to get to grips with CUT and the Bloemfontein lads can expect a tough match,” said Newman.

For UKZN the highlight of last year’s campaign was recording two wins over eventual champions CUT.

“The 2012 competition is going to be even more exciting,” said Bateman.

“The same teams are competing and with the experience from last year I believe the standard will be even higher.

“The team finishing top of the Varsity Shield automatically gains promotion to next year’s Varsity Cup and the team finishing second will play a promotion/relegation match against the Varsity Cup team finishing seventh.”

Bateman said Varsity’s preparation started in October last year with conditioning and he feels the squad is far better prepared than last year.

“We have added depth to our squad, which is essential, and with our preparation having gone well, we are really looking forward to the start,” he said.


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