The speech that fired Wits up

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:32
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VARSITY CUP SPOTLIGHT: Social media has been abuzz with the passionate, raw post-match interview of interim Wits captain Constant Beckerling but he had a firm chat with his troops before the game that really fired them up. Tauriq Ebrahim reports.

Wits pulled off a remarkable 22-13 victory over NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom after trailing 7-13 at half-time. Wits ran in two second-half tries and five points via the boot of Gianni Lombard to score 15 unanswered points as they took down their first "big" team.

Beckerling got the second half scoring going when he bashed his way over to get the Johannesburg-based students back to within one point of their hosts. A Lombard penalty was followed by a Manuel Rass converted try that led to the massive victory.

The win ensured that Wits remain in touch to claim a top four spot, as they now sit in sixth place with 10 points from their five matches, just six points adrift of UJ - who are in fourth place.

After the match, a visibly fired up Beckerling stated that they went onto the field to prove something.

"We came out here to prove something and wanted to show the world what we are about here at Wits. Everyone doubted us but we stuck together like brothers and we really came and made a statement.

"We have a lot of games still to win, we believe in ourselves and want to make a point in this competition. This is not a once-off or a freakish aberration," he said.

While that speech blew up on social media, another one has surfaced and it shows just how much passion this young loose forward has as he delivered a heartfelt speech in the change room before they took to the field.

Video courtesy of SupaRugby

By Tauriq Ebrahim
@Tauriq365
@rugby365com

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Wed, 31 May 2017
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Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
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Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
CUT-Ixias 8 0 0 8 3
Pool SHIELD
Team P W D L Pts
UWC 6 5 0 1 27
Fort Hare 6 4 0 2 20
UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6