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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will be taking place in Stellenbosch, has been drastically shortened to only three days of rugby because Steinhoff has withdrawn their sponsorship.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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UFS to compete in Varsity Football
2013-07-22

 

19 July 2013

Kovsies have been chosen as one of the eight teams that will compete for the honours in the premier university football competition. The competition is hosted under the Varsity Sports endeavour, responsible for frantic university athletics and hockey competitions earlier in the year.

The football competition will take place at the various stadia of the participating universities – the University of Pretoria (UP Tuks), North-West University Mafikeng Campus (NWU Mafikeng), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), University of the Western Cape (UWC), University of Cape Town (UCT), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the UFS.

Certain matches promise to elevate the status of university football stars even further, as matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport. The tournament gets underway on Monday 22 July 2013, with the final to be played on 16 September 2013.

Luckily for UFS football fans, Kovsies will play their first match of the campaign against UCT with home-field advantage at Shimla Park. Kick-off on Monday 22 July 2013 is at 19:00.

For information on other features, schedules for the rest of the competition and information on televised matches, please click here.

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