Maxwane loves scoring tries for Tuks
One of biggest mistakes made during the build-up to Monday’s Varsity Cup Final between UP-Tuks and Maties was to miss tackling Sihahle Maxwane when he had the ball in hand.
On more than one occasion the Tuks left winger was the man who changed the status quo when he jinxed his way past several defenders to score a try. In the last four games he scored seven tries. He made it clear that he won’t mind adding to his tally against Maties at the Tuks Stadium. For him there is no bigger thrill than to outsmart his opponents with a classic “in and out” sidestep.
Although there are many who think making bold predictions is tempting fate, Maxwane believes that his team has the ability to beat Maties to clinch a third Varsity Cup-title.
“One of the reasons why we made it through to the final is our camaraderie. When we take to the field it is a classic scenario of one for all and all for one.”
Maxwane made his debut for Tuks in this year’s edition of Varsity Cup. Last year he was in the Western Province doing what he does best, scoring tries. While playing for the provincial under-21 team he managed to dot down five times. He also scored two tries for Western Province in the Currie Cup Qualification Tournament. Maxwane considers the try that he scored in the under-21 final against the Lions as his best.
“Our scrumhalf broke away from the blind side of the scrum on the halfway line and then passed the ball to me. It was a classic one on one situation. I managed to sidestep my opponent and sprinted to the line to score. It was brilliant,” said Maxwane.
Tuks managed to beat Maties 13-9 in their first Varsity Cup encounter for 2017 and lost only one game in this year’s campaign. It was against the University of Johannesburg (18-17). The “Stripe Generation” scored the most tries in the competition and conceded the fewest.
Pote Human (UP-Tuks 1 head coach) made it clear that statistics mean nothing. What has happened remains in the past.
“Tomorrow when we take to the field it is a new game with new challenges. Maties is too good to ever underestimate. If we lose the final all our good performances in the build-up to the final will be undone,” said Human who credits his player’s fitness and prowess on defence as the key to their success in 2017.