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Get to see the British Lions with the Superbru Varsity Cup

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 20 Jan 2009 at 07:28
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“We’re taking Mondays back!” declared Francois Pienaar, former World Cup winning Springbok captain and now the driving force behind the successful FNB Varsity Cup from February 2 until early April.

Sport 24 reports that at Monday’s launch of the competition, which was hugely successful in its first year in 2008, the eight participating universities expressed their excitement and resolution.

“I don’t know how to measure my side,” said Rudy Joubert, former Springbok assistant coach and a World Cup winner with Pienaar in 1995 when he was the Boks’ technical advisor.

He has just moved to Potchefstroom where he coaches the national champions NWU Pukke who lost to a last-second penalty (32-31) in last year’s Varsity Cup semifinal.

“We have oodles of talent, but not much experience at the back. However, there is so much character that I’m confident,” he said, lauding the structures put in place by former coach Matthew Proudfoot, who is now with Western Province.

Losing 2008 finalists Ikeys (UCT) were determined to do well, but coach John Dobson admitted it could be difficult.

“We caught the guys somewhat unawares last year,” he mused. “We were young and we were too light to get into forward battles and decided to run everything wide. Fleckie (former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck), did wonders and will be back this season.

“We’re hoping for the best and will follow the same approach this year,” promised Dobson.

Champions Maties, who won the 2008 final on the stroke of the hooter when they beat Ikeys, have been working hard.

“The players now know what awaits them,” said coach Chean Roux, former Stormers No 8 and Maties coach. “They seem very determined, but we’ve not been doing anything different from last year.”

Tukkies, who lost in the semi to Maties after extra time, have been working hard and new coach Freddie Grobler is confident that the many player gains could again see them surprise the fancied sides.

During the season 74 black players took part in the competition; an average of 7.03 tries were scored per match by players averaging 21.2 years of age; and the semifinals saw 155 points scored with one semi being decided by the final act of the match and the other going into extra time, emphasising the excitement of the Varsity Cup.

A huge two months of Monday nights awaits.

“Our extensive research has shown that the public want to watch ‘Monday-night football’; the students are back at their universities after weekends away and they want to grab an ice-cold beer and watch their teams play some entertaining rugby on Monday nights,” said Pienaar.

The University of Free State (Shimlas) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will officially kick off the 2009 Varsity Cup at the Groote Schuur Rugby Fields in Cape Town on February 2 at 14:45, before the Ikeys-Maties match at 16:45.

At the Fanie du Toit Ground in Potchefstroom the Pukke will meet Tukkies, while the University of Johannesburg will play Tshwane Univesity of Technology (TUT).

All four matches in Round One will be televised live on SuperSport, with a total of 19 matches (including the play-offs) set to be televised in the tournament. That means a minimum of two matches will be televised live every Monday evening.

And this year, instead of only impressing your mates with your rugby knowledge, you can show the world in our new SuperBru Varsity Cup prediction tournament. And you stand a chance of winning tickets to a British and Irish Lions gameCLICK HERE to register …

Sharksworld Note. Sharksworld has registered a pool and as usual it is called Sharksworld


  • There is also a Prize for the first 10 pools to have more than 10 members.

    Hurry up and get your entries in.

    If we win that prize I will then pass that Prize on to whoever wins our pool. :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.01.09 07:35:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I am in. Rom, rom, rom!

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.01.09 08:08:32 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • I see you are a Maties Supporter. :smile:

    I have approved your entry.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.01.09 08:12:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : My girl start there now within days. Maybe broke but hell cant help myself driving past Oom Danie statute and getting hoendervleis every time.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.01.09 08:20:08 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 4) :

    :lol: Eish, that is still something I have to go through, Hopefully I have won the lotto by then…

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.01.09 08:22:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Pretty expensive. She is doing BA Visual Arts and it will cost me about R40 to R50,000 for the year. Staying private but myself dont mind as long as she is succesfull and at this moment I know she will be.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.01.09 08:26:16 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 6) :

    My policy is. “As long as she earns enough money for me to live with her when i am old” :smile:

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.01.09 08:42:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Are Maties the “Sharks” of Varsity Cup Rugby?????? Only one person joining the pool is NOT a Matie supporter. :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.01.09 08:56:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I don’t want to hear any cracks about the team I support… :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.01.09 09:12:38 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    At least your team is clear. as to why you support them???????? Closet Bull?

    Why on earth have they made Shimlas and Pukke the same colours.

    And we have a UJ supporter in there as well now.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.01.09 09:16:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : As much as I despise the Bulls, Tukkies remains my alma mater and in the absence of any KZN-team to support, they’ll have to do :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.01.09 09:24:15 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • There are 11 pools with more than 10 players at the moment, Now it just remains to be seen if we were in the first 10 to get 10 players.

    thanks guys.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.01.09 10:05:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Who are the taking Mondays back from? :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.01.09 11:24:58 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • the = they.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.01.09 11:25:32 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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