UJ's bond key to success says skipper Snyman

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:57
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VARSITY CUP NEWS: UJ captain Jannes Snyman believe a strong sense of brotherhood in the team enabled them to qualify for the Varsity Cup semi-finals after a nervy start to their 2017 campaign.

The UJ outfit lost their first two games against reigning champions NWU-Pukke and 2015 holders Shimlas, but then turned their fortunes around with five wins consecutive wins finish third on the final log.

This has earned them a semi-final clash against the second-placed Maties team, to be played in Stellenbosch on Monday.

Looking back on their season, Snyman said it was their overall cohesion and a sense of camaraderie that contributed towards the team’s comeback.

The 23-year-old hooker said they knew they would have to change things after those opening losses – 16-12 against Pukke and 29-47 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 fact that they managed to claw their way back to qualify for the play-offs supported Snyman’s belief that anything was possible.

Although they face a daunting task against the in-form Maties team, who defeated them in the final league game this week, the skipper felt their attitude could make the difference.

"When you lose two games to come back and qualify for 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 really enjoyed the season with UJ.

"I think it is because of the closeness we have as a team.

"We need to remain focused and continue to train hard as I would really like to reach the finals for the first time with UJ and hopefully have some great memories which I’ll be able to look back on,"

The log-leaders Tuks will play Shimlas in the other semi-final fixture on Monday.

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Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
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UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6