Makombe nominated for Varsity Shield award

HARARE - Zimbabwean wing Shayne Makombe has been nominated for the Varsity Shield “Backs That Rocked” award after an impressive debut season for University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Impi in the competition.

Speedster Makombe joined UKZN at the start of the year, where he is studying for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree and furthering his rugby career.

Makombe was instrumental in UKZN Impi sealing their place in the Varsity Shield final where they now meet the Central University of Technology (CUT) on March 31 in Bloemfontein.

The former Churchill Boys High skipper scored one of the tries on Monday when the Impis defeated CUT 39-21 in their final league game.

The Impis’ knew that a victory would send them straight into the final whereas a loss meant that they would have to rely on a FNB Fort Hare defeat to FNB TUT.

UKZN were able to do it all on their own against a CUT team that threw everything at them.

The winner of the final will be promoted to play in the FNB Varsity Shield.

However, for Makombe, it has been a breakthrough season in the second tier competition and can cap off his debut season with an award.

The Zimbabwean will battle for the gong against Freddie Muller (UWC), Garth van Rayner (UFH), Oliver Zono (UFH) and James Verity-Amm (UWC).

The winner of the award will be decided via a voting process that is split between the public, the players and the Varsity Cup Exco.

The public is allowed to vote for the award through the Varsity Cup Facebook page which will make up 40 percent of the total, with one vote per person in each category.

The players themselves will vote for each category as well, with their input comprising 30 percent of the total, whilst the Varsity Cup Exco’s votes will also count 30 percent.

There are three categories for the awards namely; Forward that Rocks, Back that Rocks and Player that Rocks.

The Player that Rocks will receive a cash prize of R10 000, with the Back that Rocks and Forward that Rocks getting R3 750 each. Voting ends on the day of the final.

Comments (1)

Nice one !!!!

Perkins Bare - 27 March 2014

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