Shimlas excited for Varsity Cup opener despite 11 debutants

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The 11th edition of the hugely popular Varsity Cup kicks off on Monday afternoon with the defending champions, the University of Pretoria Tuks, hosting the University of the Free State Shimlas.

It’s truly a baptism of fire for the side from the Free State as they are fielding 11 debutants in the game.

The Shimlas coach, former Springbok flank, Hendro Scholtz, told OFM Sport it will be tough, but they are excited nonetheless.

“We’re looking forward to the game on Monday night. We had a good preseason, training went well so we’re looking to see guys go out and play.

“We’ve got eleven debutants for the game, so we are a really side young side at this stage, but I’m really looking forward to see what the young guys game do on Monday evening.”

This game kicks off at 16:45. At 18:30 the North West University Pukke host the CUT Ixias in Potchefstroom, and the UCT Ikeys face Wits at the Green Mile.

At 19:00, UJ tackle Maties in Johannesburg.

Tuks – 15 WJ Strydom, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Tony Botha, 12 Toko Seerane, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Theo Maree, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Denzel Hill (c), 6 Jaco Bezuidenhout, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Marius Verwey, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Franco van den Burg.

Replacements – 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Etienne Janeke, 18 Ruan Nortje, 19 Eduan Lubbe, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Zandre Kruger, 22 Mihle Nelani, 23 Mornay Smith, 24 Stephan Smit, 25 Ciaran Dayaram, 26 Erich Cronje, 27 Ade Smith.

Shimlas – 15 Nakkie Naudé, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Kurt Eybers, 12 Sango Xamlashe, 11 Francois Agenbag, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Bertie de Bod, 7 Menze Nhlabathi, 6 Benji Jansen van Rensburg, 5Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma, 3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Johan Kotze (captain).

Replacements – 16 JC Jansen van Rensburg, 17 Wentzel Vorster, 18 Janu Botha, 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Christoff Roelofse, 21 Zinedine Booysen, 22 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 23 Sechaba Matsoele. – MORGAN PIEK