Varsity Cup countdown

2019-01-31 06:22
Representatives and captains participating in this year’s Varsity Cup gathered at the tournament’s launch in Johannesburg last week. They are, from left: Rayno Nel (CUT), Henk Pretorius (Shimlas), Constant Beckerling (Wits), Louis van der Westhuizen (NWU), Edwill van der Merwe (Maties), Adrian Paarwater (UWC), Nama Xaba (UCT), Adriaan Bester (UJ) and Marius Verwey (Tuks).                                            PHOTO: Barco Greef

Representatives and captains participating in this year’s Varsity Cup gathered at the tournament’s launch in Johannesburg last week. They are, from left: Rayno Nel (CUT), Henk Pretorius (Shimlas), Constant Beckerling (Wits), Louis van der Westhuizen (NWU), Edwill van der Merwe (Maties), Adrian Paarwater (UWC), Nama Xaba (UCT), Adriaan Bester (UJ) and Marius Verwey (Tuks). PHOTO: Barco Greef

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With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

The University of Johannesburg(UJ) will take on last year’s finalists North West Uuniversity at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology(CPUT), which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba said: “I must say I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.

Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

With the FNB Varsity Cup only a week away, the tournament sees new skippers taking the reins of their sides, hoping to take the title.

The tournament kicks off with the newly promoted UWC taking on UCT in the battle for Cape Town, while Maties’ first game will be against Johannesburg challengers Wits at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UJ will take on last year’s finalists NWU at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg. CUT, which narrowly escaped relegation last year, will journey to the capital to take on UP-Tuks, with the Stripe Generation looking to start with a bang after a disappointing 2018 campaign.Local varsities will be captained by Kuyenzeka Nama Xaba (UCT), Adrian Paarwater (UWC) and Johan Momsen (Maties).

Maties were near-invincible last season, going undefeated and only drawing two games, to Wits and NWU respectively. Defending champions’ captain Johan Momsen is very relaxed going into the season with his current charges, despite the giant shoes to fill.

“We don’t really experience the status as defending champions as pressure. We have the experience with many of the players from last year still in the squad and even some of the young guns who also won their title in our team. So we have players that know how to win.”

Momsen, who replaces Niel “Chippy” Oelofse, trusts in his side’s structures and coach going into the new season.

“We will trust the process like we did last year and even though we haven’t made big changes, Coach Hawies (Fourie) believes in changing before the need to change. The players have been working hard all pre-season and they look strong and fit. The vibe is awesome, and it is great to be part of the squad.”

UCT Ikeys’ new skipper Nama Xaba is grateful for the opportunity to lead the Cape Town side and wants to do justice to UCT’s Varsity Cup legacy.

“I must say that I am very grateful to the Lord for giving me such a task, and just thankful for the belief from UCT Ikeys, to give me such a prestigious responsibility.

“I think any person would be nervous for what lies ahead but it’s certainly not fear – it’s more about feeling overwhelmed by the legacy set before us in this club and having to leave it in a better place. I also feel that there’s so many leaders in this club that have been and are continually supporting me which makes things easier.”

The loose forward is confident going into the new season because of the strong experience and calibre of the players around him.

“We have pretty much had the same spine with regard to the team for these past two seasons, so there’s calmness and experience in the side and we really feel that this is the year that we’ll click the best and play UCT rugby.”V For all Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield matches, visit the Varsity Cup website at http://varsitycup.co.za for further information, or get to your stadium on game day and purchase tickets at the gate.

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