Dyantyi made the Varsity Cup his focus this year after injury in November derailed his contract with the Lions franchise.
His standout performances in his new centre position secured selection for the Dream Team, which was announced after the cup final between Maties and Tuks on Monday.
“My motivation this Varsity Cup season was to play the best I could for UJ, but I also wanted to create other opportunities for myself outside of that.”
Ahead of the semifinals Dyantyi was the leading player when it came to the most off-loads (19), ball carries (74) and line breaks (10) and he had also beaten more defenders than any other player (26).
“The tournament has been a perfect platform for me to show the coaches at the Lions what I’m capable of,” said the B Com marketing student.
Looking back on the competition, the 22-year-old is said the move to midfield may have come as a shock to many, but it had undoubtedly been a successful move.
“I’d been in discussion with the coaches and we’d been preparing for the role,” he said.
“I was comfortable trying out for centre and it was a decision that has really yielded good results for everyone.”
The side had a difficult start to the season as they lost their first two matches but an 18-17 win over Tuks proved to be a turning point for the team.
“My standout occasion of the season was the game against Tuks,” said Dyantyi.
“We were coming back from two losses to play a team that had been unbeaten and it was during this game that we really managed to turn our season around.”
The team put together a five-match winning streak that earned them a semifinal position but two successive defeats to Maties saw their dreams of a Varsity Cup come to an end.
A late substitution due to injury means UJ now has four players on the Dream Team for the game against the Junior Springboks in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.
Dyantyi and Dillon Bakos (who will replace Neethling Fouche from Tuks) were named as part of the starting line-up while Jannes Snyman and Nico du Plessis were included as replacements.
The four will be joined by UJ strength and conditioning coach Jacques Durand who has been with the team since the inception of the competition. He will fill the position of sports scientist for the Dream Team.