This year’s Varsity Cup will present new rules and activations when the tournament kicks off on January 30.
“There is definitely excitement from the three new universities,” said Varsity Cup manager Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi.
“There is a long-standing rivalry between the University of Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu University, both rugby-mad universities, and we can’t wait to see what they will deliver this season.”
The Western Cape now boasts with four teams in the tournament; two teams in Varsity Cup (Maties and UCT), and two teams in Varsity Shield (UWC and CPUT), while the Eastern Cape sports one team in Varsity Cup (Madibaz) and three in Varsity Shield (UFH, WSU and Rhodes).
Bonus Point Try
This year only a seven-point try and a five-point try will apply. The seven-point try will be awarded to the team who scores a try originating from their own half, while the five-point try will be awarded if the try originates in the opposition’s half.
Red Card Rule
If a red card is given to a player, that player will leave the field immediately, and his team will play with 14-men for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes any other player in the final match day squad may return to the field, apart from the player who received the red card.
Other rules exclusive to Varsity Cup include the white card rule, strategy breaks, free catch rule, 23-player match day squads, defending nine offside rule, mauling, and scrumming laws.
At each match, fans who are dressed identically “wacky” will have a chance to be selected to take part in the Build-A-Wacky Wednesday competition during the first strategy break. These fans will have 45 seconds to build a burger in a race against the clock, using the giant foam burger elements.
Man Crush Monday
The Miss Varsity Cup contestants of each university will select their #HertzMCM from their university team’s match day 23. The selected person will have the opportunity to flaunt it for a week behind the wheel of a Hertz vehicle.
Fans That Rock
Allow your creativity to take over and dress up in your university’s colours by wearing crazy head gear, using body paint, creating banners, and you could be randomly selected to take part in the half-time “Fans That Rock” competition. The aim of the game is to try and kick a ball into a target area created on the field. The winner will receive R2 500.