The FNB University of Johannesburg rugby team used their team spirit to shrug off a shaky start, setting them on a path which has taken them to the Varsity Cup semifinals.
After opening defeats to reigning champions NWU-Pukke and 2015 holders Shimlas, UJ hit back strongly to win five matches in succession, an effort which earned them third place on the final log.
Although they face a daunting task against the in-form Maties team in Monday’s semifinals, skipper Jannes Snyman felt their attitude would be a key factor.
“When you start like that and still reach the semifinals, it really makes you feel that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”
Snyman, a final year logistics management student, said he had enjoyed the camaraderie in the UJ team this season.
“But we still need to remain focused and continue to train hard as I would really like to reach the final for the first time with UJ.”
Looking back on their season, he said it was a combined effort which contributed towards the team’s fightback.
The 23-year-old hooker said they knew they would have to change things after losing 16-12 against Pukke and 47-29 to Shimlas.
“To do that, we needed to come together and start playing as a team,” said Snyman.
“When we lost those games, it was definitely a lowlight, but it created a strong bond in the squad.”
The log-leading Tuks team will play Shimlas in the other semifinal on Monday.