It’s Crunch Time for WSU All Blacks


It’s rare for momentum and confidence to enjoy mutual exclusivity in a team that has swept all before them heading into the knockout stages of a prestigious rugby competition.

Fortunately for Walter Sisulu University (WSU) rugby enthusiasts, it seems the institution’s All Blacks rugby team have found the secret to balancing these traits – critical as they head into the do-or-die stage of this year’s Eastern Cape Super 12 rugby competition.

The WSU All Blacks welcome a Grahamstown outfit, the Brumbies, to Potsdam Site - a venue that has proven to be a fortress for the WSU team.

It is in this citadel that the men from the city of saints will hope to wage a holy war that will leave the home team battered, bruised, and ultimately, defeated.

However, having finished second on the log after collecting two bonus points on their way to an impressive four wins out of five matches, the WSU All Blacks will look to their momentum and confidence in nullifying this ominous assault.

“We’ve played well all season, barring one narrow loss. We’re confident in our processes and believe they can take us across the line as has been the case all season. This match is our for the taking,” says WSU sports administrator Bongo Nontshinga.  

The match also presents an opportunity for the WSU All Blacks to eclipse their performance during their inaugural showing last year, which saw them stumbling at this very hurdle.

“The hurt and disappointment during last season’s quarterfinal loss will serve to propel the team to greater heights. We’re better than what we were - emotionally, psychologically and physically,” says Nontshinga.

Nontshinga believes the team can go all the way and achieve ultimate glory given the hard work and dedication the squad has exhibited all season.

“When I talk season, I’m talking off-season and pre-season. These boys have given their all and so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re crowned champions when all is said and done,” he concludes.