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12 April 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer | Photo Varsity Cup
Vishuis
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will be taking place in Stellenbosch, has been drastically shortened to only three days of rugby because Steinhoff has withdrawn their sponsorship.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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2013-07-17

17 July 2013

The University of the Free State (UFS) will join other civil society institutions by linking together in recognition of the legacy of Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day.

A “human chain” of UFS staff and students will be created at the “thinking stone” next to the H vd Merwe Scholtz Hall on the Bloemfontein Campus tomorrow from 11:00. At 11:25 the assembled chain will recite a pledge statement from the university then move to the Red Square where the rest of the 2013 Mandela Day activities will take place.

The NSH patrons, Mrs Grace Jansen and Dr Carin Buys, will release symbolic doves and join the rest of the “chain” in the singing of the national anthem and prayers from the UFS Interreligious Forum and Campus Ministries Forum.

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