University of Johannesburg scrumhalf Jack Hart paid tribute to their forwards after they registered the first Varsity Cup rugby win of the season against Wits at the UJ Stadium on Monday.
After controlling much of the play from the base of the scrum, Hart said their 39-16 victory was due to fine play by the pack.
“I just want to say thank you to the guys up front because we were going forward most of the time and that is all a scrumhalf wants,” he said after being named the Player that Rocks.
“We worked hard during the week and we knew we had to be patient in their 22-metre area.
“In that respect the forwards did a brilliant job and most of the credit must go to them for this win.”
UJ captain Adriaan Bester said it had been another tough derby match against their Johannesburg rivals.
The victory was not easily achieved and the result was still in the balance with five minutes to go before two late UJ tries transformed a 23-16 lead into a 39-16 result.
The second of those tries, scored by flank Bester, was worth seven points.
“It was a great team effort which brought us this win because there’s something about these games that adds a little more to the equation,” said Bester.
“They always seem to be a little bit faster, with more intensity and the contacts are a bit harder.
“But I must really praise the team for the work they put in and now we just have to keep working hard for the rest of the season.”