Tuks Out To Prove A Point

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Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:47

The Pretoria side finished in a disappointing sixth place last season in their first year under coach Pote Human, with defeat to Maties in Stellenbosch in their final league fixture sending them crashing out of the tournament.

But a year wiser and with much the same squad he had at his disposal last year, Human is confident that they will be in the mix for the title once again this year.

But a year wiser and with much the same squad he had at his disposal last year, Human is confident

“Last year we didn’t make the play-offs which was a big disappointment for every player so we are going to be on a mission. We know it is going to be a difficult competition because anything can happen – just look at the final last year when the Ikeys came back.

“Most of the guys that played last year will play this year again so the guys are a year older and would have learned from last year,” he told varsitycup.co.za.

The squad started training in November last year before breaking for the festive season, and returned to training on Monday.

The squad started training in November last year before breaking for the festive season, and returned to training on Monday.

Human has appointed 2012 Junior World Championship-winning Junior Springbok captain Wiaan Liebenberg as his skipper, to be assisted by experienced former FNB Maties centre Ryan Nell.

“We have made Wiaan Liebenberg captain for this season and he was the SA Under-20 captain so he is a good leader. Ryan Nell is a great experienced guy that played for Maties before and he will be our vice captain,” said Human.

The two-time champions have lined up some testing warm-up matches against some top club sides as they look to hit the ground running when the competition kicks off on February 9.

The two-time champions have lined up some testing warm-up matches against some top club sides as they look to hit the ground running

“We play Pretoria Police next weekend, and then we play Impala the weekend after that, then the last game will be against Despatch so it is going to be really good preparations for the Varsity Cup,” Human explained.

The UP-Tuks coach said that the key for his team will be to back themselves and their systems no matter what the situation in what should be another hard-fought season.

“For me the big thing is that the players must believe in themselves. When we played Maties last year if we have won that game we were in the play-offs and we were up at half-time but then lost it.

“For me the big thing is that the players must believe in themselves

“We need to believe in ourselves and our systems and the guys are in a better space now so I really think we will do well this year,” he said.

Whilst they have their sights set on a third title, Human knows that it will not be easy, and tipped NWU-Pukke and Maties as the pre-season favourites.

“It is going to be a very tough season, we want to win the competition. We have won it twice and last year we finished sixth so we want to do better than that.

“We have got the potential to win it but it is going to be difficult because any team can beat any other team on the day. At this stage I think Maties and Pukke must be the two favourites but it is going to be an interesting year,” he said.

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Submitted by Willem van Rensburg (not verified) on

Am I under the wrong impression but has Dean jointed the Blue Bulls or the EP Kings

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