KOMANI ‘s Walter Sisulu Universty rugby team returned, having lost their final match by 65-3 against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Soweto at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) games last week.
Prop tighthead Liso Mlunguza said “On Monday we won against Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) by 17-5 and we could not play Central Academy on Wednesday because the team did not register which got our team a pass to the final.”
Mlunguza said they were placed under pressure when UJ Soweto scored a try within the first few minutes of the opening match.
“ Our weakness was that we could not compete with their defense. They used their back line to attack us and we did not notice that they were using this same technique to penetrate our left wing left during the first half. They also won over our scrums.”
He said the team would have to learn proper communication by next year.
The varsity rugby teams were divided into four groups categories.
“Our team was in group D with Medunsa University, Central Academy (CA) and (UJ) Soweto. Group D are the lower leagues teams which are still struggling.”
Mlunguza said group A was composed of the top teams which played in the Varsity Cup tournament. Group B were teams that competed in the Varsity Shield Tournament and group C were teams which hoped to qualify for the Varsity Shield.
“The bigger universities use the USSA games as their preseason tournament to prepare for next year’s Varsity Cup. They play mostly their second teams to make firm team selections for the next season.”