Lining Up: Yumna Mohamed

The FNB Wits rugby side’s title aspirations were dealt a huge blow on Monday night after being beaten by FNB UWC 19-11 in Belville in the Cape.

Wits started the game at the top of the Varsity Shield log, but have dropped back down to second place after FNB CUT beat FNB Fort Hare 18-11.

Wits struggled to match the in-form goal kicker Ambrose Steyn, and were never in the game. The visitors did manage to get a late try, with wing Nkuli Gamede crossing the line with two minutes left on the clock, but it was too little too late as UWC ran out victors and crucially denied Wits a losing bonus point.

Wits can still turn things around and they will be looking to get back to winning ways this Monday at their last home game of the season.

Wits play the FNB University of KwaZulu-Natal in what will be a must-win game. Wits beat UKZN in the last meeting 22-12 but will not want to be at anything but their best.

The prospect of playing in the televised final, as well as the opportunity to perform on the big stage in the Varsity Cup, hinges on the next two results. Wits are simply too good a side to be playing in the second division and will need to prove that Monday.

We encourage all Witsies to come out in full force and back our boytjies in their last home game. A good result backed by an enthusiastic crowd could prove to be the catalyst that drives the team forward to the title, and perhaps to the Varsity Cup.

The match kicks off at 7pm and tickets are R20. On Monday from 1pm there will be a promotion at the Matrix where supporters’ T-shirts and tickets will be given away.