The Shimlas rugby team, representing the University of the Free State (UFS), kicked off its campaign with a 26-21 victory over Wits.The fixture was played on Monday (30/01). The result propelled the UFS lads to second position on the table, behind the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Madibz). The Free State dominated as the team demolished the host with unanswered tries from Dian Badenhorst, Niel Stannard and winger Marco Mason. The visitors had the last say in the match, with substitute forward Francois Steyn crossing the try line for UFS.The Shimlas were rewarded for their sterling form and this came with Phumzile Maqondwana awarded the title of FNB player that rocks. Having won the opening fixture, the Shimlas are gearing up for another tough encounter against the University of Johannesburg on Monday (06/02) in Johannesburg.