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12 April 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer | Photo Varsity Cup
Vishuis will be trying to win their overall seventh Varsity hostel title on Monday.

Managing his players is of the utmost importance if the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Abraham Fischer Residence (Vishuis) is to claim a fourth straight and seventh overall national hostel title, says Zane Botha, head coach of the hostel team at the UFS.

The Varsity Hostel competition, which will be taking place in Stellenbosch, has been drastically shortened to only three days of rugby because Steinhoff has withdrawn their sponsorship.

If Vishuis makes it to the final, they will play three matches in four days.
They will face the Kovacs of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Friday 12 March 2019, followed by the semi-final on Saturday and the final on Monday. The final will take place at 14:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

“This will be new territory for us. We will have to make good tactical decisions; it won’t be possible for a prop to play for 70 minutes in all three encounters,” said Botha, who is in his third year with the hostel.

The team played three warm-up matches, which they won convincingly. We still have the core of last year’s team, together with some exciting youngsters.
Botha explained that they kept to their strategy of working harder than anyone else on the practice field and during matches. In last year’s final, Vishuis defeated Patria of the North-West University by 55-29, which was the biggest winning margin in the 11 years of the competition. Vishuis walked away with the crown in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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Kovsies well represented in the Springbok Team


Three former students of the University of the Free State (UFS) and also former Shimla players will play against Wales at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein tomorrow. In total there are six former Kovsies in the Springbok camp. The team made use of the university’s Shimla Park this week to prepare for the game. Here are, from the left, front: C.J. van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, and Gurthrö Steenkamp; back: Juan Smith, Mr Mickey Gordon, Head: Strategic Sport and Business Development at the UFS, Prof. Teuns Verschoor, Acting Rector of the UFS, Mr James Letuka, Director: KovsieSport, and Ruan Pienaar. Tonderai Chavanga, Smith and Steenkamp will play for the Springboks tomorrow. Chavanga was absent when the photo was taken.
Foto: Stephen Collett

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