FNB Madibaz rugby captain Luyolo Dapula paid tribute to his teammates after he was named the Player that Rocks in their Varsity Cup match against Free State University at the weekend.
The Nelson Mandela University outfit went down 24-20 to a try by Shimlas which came after the final hooter had sounded.
Dapula said the match had a personal resonance for him.
“I played my rugby in that region when I turned out for the Cheetahs XV in 2019 so I came across many familiar faces in the Shimlas team, and that made me want to perform well,” he said.
“Getting the individual recognition means a lot, but it was done on behalf of the team and without the support of the players I would never have achieved that.”
In a squad of young players, the skipper felt it was important for him, as one of the senior members, to lead the way.
“In a relatively inexperienced side I believe it’s essential to try to set an example,” he said.
“We have shown that as a squad we can be competitive at this level. It’s just about being more clinical in finishing things off when we create opportunities.”