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Varsity Cup Coach’s Nook: CUT hoping for damage luck in congested season


CUT head coach Peter Bergh opens up on final yr’s Varsity Cup marketing campaign, modifications to his squad and his expectations for the approaching season.

CUT

Final yr – Performed: 5, Gained: 2, Drew: 1, Misplaced: 2

Finest Varsity Cup end – sixth on log (2016)

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Head coach Pieter Bergh on …

Final yr’s Covid-19-shortened marketing campaign

‘Our first two matches have been in opposition to Tuks and Maties, who’re traditionally the most effective two groups within the match. We performed properly in opposition to Tuks and nonetheless had an opportunity to win the sport within the final play, however we didn’t have an excellent day in opposition to Maties. We then drew in opposition to UCT in Bloemfontein, having been 23 factors forward at one stage, earlier than beating Shimlas and UWC convincingly. We felt we had a whole lot of momentum going into our final three video games and will have pushed for a semi-final spot. So, we are going to take a whole lot of confidence into this yr’s marketing campaign.’

Expectations for 2021

‘CUT have by no means reached the Varsity Cup semi-finals – we’re normally combating to remain within the match – however for me, it’s all about bettering every season. In my first season as coach, in 2019, we received three Varsity Cup video games for the primary time, and we have been on observe to higher that file in 2020. It could be nice to achieve the semi-finals this yr, however so long as we hold bettering, I will probably be completely happy. We’ll take the match bubble by bubble. I believe there will probably be a whole lot of accidents this yr. We most likely have the smallest squad of all of the Varsity Cup universities, so we might want to have a whole lot of luck relating to accidents.’

Their squad

‘We have now a whole lot of continuity this yr and have been capable of hold round 90% of our greatest gamers. We’ve additionally introduced in a few guys who might not be a part of the beginning lineup initially however will present good squad depth, in addition to a few children from our Younger Weapons [U20] workforce who’ve good potential. [Flank] Luvuyo Ndevu will probably be our captain this yr. I wished somebody who represents our college, and he additionally has the respect of the gamers and is properly preferred. He began at CUT with me two years in the past and has grown a lot. It’s the right time for him to take over the management of a squad that now has a median age of just about 23 and a half.’

Luvuyo Ndevu will captain CUT in 2021. Photograph: Morgan Piek

Photograph: Van Zyl Naude/Varsity Cup