Wits Rugby will be hoping to improve on their impressive season last year and go all the way to the final

THE VARSITY CUP is back in full swing and FNB Wits got off to a losing start in this year’s competition after going down to FNB Maties 33-17 at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday, February 4.

The Witsies will be hoping to improve on their landmark season from last year with a triumphant campaign in 2019. The team has been working on its attack in the pre-season, hoping the execution in the final half can be more clinical.

Coach Hugo van As says the team has made some strides in the right direction thus far but believes there’s room for improvement.

“Definitely we want to have an upwards curve in our processes and where we want to be. And if it allows us to be in a better position and to do better than what we did last year, then obviously it’s great.

The side has added new faces to the squad and believes that it can win its maiden trophy this year after falling at the last hurdle in last year’s competition.

Flyhalf Kurt Webster recently joined the side after switching Pretoria for Johannesburg when he opted to pursue a BA degree at Wits.

The first year says he has been made to feel at home. “I’ve really enjoyed coming through to Wits. It’s really something nice to have new teammates and a different vibe. So it’s a really good vibe. They’ve been really welcoming, there’s a real brotherhood here.”

Captain Constant Beckerling remained positive after the match despite losing to the same opponents that knocked the Braam side out in the semi-final last year.

“The effort from the boys was there, I thought we were in the game the whole time. But I think discipline cost us in the end and I think we can be proud of the effort.

“We really wanted to come away with the victory. Maties knocked us out last season so we really wanted to put in a good performance.”

FEATURED IMAGE: FNB Wits hopes to go all the way in this years Varsity Cup after stumbling in the semi-finals to Maties last year     Photo: Provided