The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) All Blacks Rugby team has vowed to bring home the coveted 2018 Steers/FNB Varsity Shield after a classic semi-final win


The All Blacks kick off this season’s campaign with a scrum against the highly rated University of Western Cape at the UWC Sports Ground in Cape Town which left their morale down but seemingly got strength to fight forward.


Speaking during the team’s capping ceremony WSU’s Executive Director of Student Affairs Zoleka Dotwana said: “This is our second appearance in this tournament and we expect our All Blacks to bring home the Shield”. The boys have played as though these words remained with them throughout the matches, affording themselves a seat at the finals, clashing back to the first match with the University of the Western Cape.


“We have assembled a formidable winning team loaded with quality players drawn from our large pool of students” said head coach Sipho Metula.


Metula hopes that his team will do better than last game and had this to say “Last year we had lots of challenges because it was our first time in the tournament but this time around we are well prepared and we have also been cleared with a clean audit, meaning we have met all the requirements.”


“We have adequate preparations and have been in camp for the past months, even missing out on last year’s Christmas festivities because we want to win this tournament”.


Border Rugby honcho Phumlani Mkolo encouraged the players to seize the opportunity and put Eastern Cape rugby on the map by lifting this trophy.


WSU ALL BLACKS: Thabo Ngcema, Maliviwe Mliqi, Phumlani Blaau, Xolani Jacobs, Xololwethu Jantjie, Wam Mbana, Mihlali Mosi, Chumani Mjacu, Hendrico Koester, Sinegugu Lituka, Athenkosi Dzenene, Mihlali Ngcukana, Lusanda Xakwana, Monde Matiwane, Beauton Pholman, Yamkela Ngodwana, Babonelele Celiwe, Mthandazo Ngcumeni, Sivuyise Ngcilishana, Anathi Shenxane, Thembani Kori, Yamkela Nyembe, Nkosinathi Hulana.


Coach: Sipho Metula, Assistant Coach Akhona Mgijima, Forwards Coach Lubabalo Lento and Conditioning Coach Lubabalo Mzwakali.


WSU All Blacks will head to the Western Cape for the final match on the 9th of April and hopefuly, the trophy will make it to Eastern Cape soil.



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