'Homecoming' For Tuks Skipper
UP-Tuks captain Robin Swartz will be on familiar territory when he leads his side out to face UWC in Bellville on Monday.
Swartz played for the Cape side in the inaugural Varsity Football tournament last year before returning to UP-Tuks where he played his age-group soccer.
The hard-working midfielder said that while it will be good to catch up with old friends before and after the game, once the whistle goes it will be business as usual for him.
"It will be a special game for me against my old team, but I will treat it like every other game and play my normal football," he said.
Swartz was impressive in his team's 2-2 draw with NWU on home turf, putting in a mountain of work before a late challenge saw him stretchered off.
Despite concern from the coaching staff, he expects to be ready to play against UWC as UP-Tuks look to stay in touch with unbeaten front-runners UJ and NWU.
"Unfortunately I twisted my knee, but I have iced it a lot, taken some anti-inflammatories and done a lot of work with the physio so I should be fine," he said.
Although it ended in a draw, Swartz rates his team's performance against NWU as their best of the season to date.
"There are a lot of positives we can take out of that game, NWU have a dangerous midfield who like to keep the ball so it was important that we shut them down.
"It was disappointing not to win after leading 2-0 but it was an entertaining game which I think is fitting for two teams that have dominated tertiary soccer in South Africa recently," he said.
Turning his attention to the clash with his old side UWC in Round Six, Swartz knows that one of the biggest challenges will be the conditions in Bellville.
"We are aware that the pitch and the weather down in the Cape are likely to make things difficult for us, on top of playing a UWC team with great spirit in a must-win game for them but we haven't played an easy game yet this season so our attitude does not really change," he said.