It was a victorious moment for the FNB Durban University Technology (DUT) Rugby team who were set for relegation but rose above to win the game 15-12 against the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in the FNB Varsity Shield Tournament, at the CPUT Stadium in Cape Town, on Sunday, 3 April 2022.
Since the team’s inception, the team has made tremendous progress in just five years of its establishment. They are grateful to the University Sports South Africa (USSA) for affording them yet another opportunity to compete in the Varsity Shield.
Using the #DUTreadyforthefight, the team is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in this tournament.
“It was a game we had already won in our heads so no matter what we knew we were going to win, but TUT made it so difficult for us and it took us a few minutes to get into the game, but the boys stuck together and fought for the DUT badge. God saw us through,” said Alberth Kapenda, giving more insight into the game.
For Kapenda being man of the match was the cherry on top.
“It feels great to be the man of the match but there’s a lot of people in a team, so the man of the match title doesn’t do justice to the team effort,” he said.
He conveyed that the team really stuck together through the good and bad times and the bond is just stronger and stronger. He expressed that going forward, the team wants to continue on this winning streak.
“We want to win, and we may never know the results but what I can tell the DUT community is that we will give it our all,” said Kapenda.
FNB DUT captain, Katambwa Mulumba said the game was challenging but probably one of the most important games for the team because they needed the results, but hard work, commitment and discipline got them the win.
“Winning the game puts us in a safe position, safe from relegation. Now in the combined log, we are sitting on number 6 safe from relegation. Our next game will take place on 8 April 2022 against University of Fort Hare (UFH) in East London,” he said.
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YouTube: DUT Sport administration
Pictured: The victorious FNB DUT rugby team. (Photo credit: Mncedisi J Ndlovu).
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