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Varsity Cup – Can Wits be competitive?

January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Wits did some serious recruiting and development during 2012 and had relatively successful season in the two club leagues they played in finishing 3rd behind UJ and Roodepoort in the GLRU’s Pirates Grand Challenge winning 5 from 7 games and finishing 4th behind UJ, Pukke and Rustenburg Impala in the Predator League winning 9 from 13 with 2 draws against Pukke and Rustenburg Impala.

In pre-season matches in November their two teams beat TUT, last year’s Varsity Cup wooden spooners, 37-18 and 34-2.

Fortunately the Varsity Cup rules allow for a two year settling in period, which reduces the pressure as they will not be battling for their Varsity Cup life in their first season, but they obviously will want to be competitive and finish better than last. That will be a tough ask in a competition that features South Africa’s top universities.

Even traditional whipping boy, NMMU, has made massive progress over the past few years, finishing above UCT and TUT last year and beating the SWD Eagles in a pre-season work up while pushing the Southern Kings close last weekend.

Witsies will play a warm-up match against GLRU club rivals, Raiders, in a curtain raiser to the Golden Lions vs Cheetahs match.

During 2012 they recruited, amongst others, the Durban born Scotland u/20 JRWC scrumhalf, Matt Torrance, and the Tonga u/20 JRWC flyhalf, Latiume Fosita.

They have put together a talented squad of young players with 20 of the 30 players having played representative rugby at schoolboy or junior levels.

But, all said and done, Wits has a tough task ahead of them this year and while they may finish last they will hope to at least provide the big boys with competitive games and not to be whipping boys.

Wits team for Saturday’s game vs Raiders:

Number Player Age Representative Rugby
15 Bronson Lange 22
14 Jacques Erasmus 22 Lions u/19 Lions u/21 Lions VC
13 Kayde Fisher 21 KZN CW Sharks u/19 Sharks u/21
12 Jared Meyer 21 Lions CW Sharks u/19 Sharks u/21 Sharks VC
11 Riaan Arends 24 EP CW SA Schools Lions u/19 Lions u/21 SA Students
10 Latiume Fosita 20 Auckland Juniors Tonga u/20
9 Matt Torrance 20 KZN CW Scotland u/20
8 Jason Fraser 21 Lions u/21
7 Charlie Baggott 20
6 Pieter van Biljon 20 FS Grant Khomo
5 Devin Montgomery 23 Lions u/19 (Amateurs) Lions u/21 (Amateurs)
4 Rinus Bothma 23 Lions CW
3 Paka Zuma 22
2 Piers Cooper 23
1 Chad Erasmus 22
16 KK Kgame 21 Lions AW SA Schools Academy Lions u/19 Lions u/21
17 Hannes Ludick 23 Valke AW Valke u/21 Valke
18 Sam Peter 24
19 Carel Greeff 22 Leopards CW Sharks u/19 Lions u/21
20 Thato Mavundla</td

23 Griffons CW Lions u/19
21 Josh Durbach 24
22 Greg Blom 22
23 Mandla Dube 22 Lions AW Sharks u/19

1 response to Varsity Cup – Can Wits be competitive?

  1. Wits beat Raiders 65-21 in their pre-Varsity Cup warm up

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