CUT launch their Varsity Cup


Mark Steenbok

The Central University of Technology was the place to be today where the CUT Ixias launched their Varsity Cup campaign set to start on Monday.

The event, which was organised for rugby supporters and students, took place on the CUT main campus in front of the Boet Troskie Hall.

Ixias will participate in their first Varsity Cup and they made sure they launch their campaign on a positive note.

The respective coaches and players were greeted with lots of cheer in the morning from by their supporters.Whilst plenty of activities took place to generate support, including the presence of the Miss Varsity Cup contestants and the team cheerleaders.
Head Coach Skillie Bester said: "the event was planned to make sure they build spirit before their opening game against the University of Johannesburg Monday at 18:30".

The CUT Ixias who are new in the 8th edition of the Varsity Cup, will definitely take comfort from the fact that the supporters will ‘back their boytjies’.

The team enter the tournament with a relatevily inexperienced side, having lost a few senior players after last year’s successful Varsity Shield campaign.

Nonetheless they will welcome the likes of Full Back Henry Immelman, centre Jean Pretorius and flank Victor Maruping who will look to fill the void.

Captain Charlie Hitchcock told Bloemfontein Courant: "I am very excited about the prospect of captaining the side for the first time and "we will approach the tournament on a game by game basis".

They got promoted into the tournament after winning the Varsity Shield in 2014 after beating UKZN IMPI.

This will be the first time that a city boasts two Varsity Cup teams, with neighbours the UFS’ Shimlas also kicking of their campaign on Monday against UP-Tukkies at Shimla Park.