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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will be taking place in Stellenbosch, has been drastically shortened to only three days of rugby because Steinhoff has withdrawn their sponsorship.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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UFS's Acta Theologica included in Scopus

The Acta Theologica, academic journal of the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS), was again highlighted as quality journal for the research community when it recently was included in the Scopus (of Elsevier Bibliographic Databases). Scopus is the world’s greatest abstract- and citation database of research literature on all fields of study. In the letter that the editorial staff of the Acta Theologica received from Scopus, it is mentioned that this action was taken in acknowledgment of the high quality and relevance of Acta Theologica for the research community. Already two years ago the Acta Theologica was included in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the International Scientific Index (ISI). Since then only one of the 27 other theology journals in South Africa managed to be included in the ISI list.
Photo: Stephen Collet

Prof. Hermie van Zyl is the new chief editor of the Acta Theologica and Dr Lyzette Hoffman will act as the executive editor.

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