Varsity Cup

Pukke No 10 on THAT drop

2014-04-09 11:13
Johnny Welthagen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - NWU-Pukke flyhalf Johnny Welthagen says it's tough to put into words how he feels after his side lost the Varsity Cup final to UCT in Potchefstroom on Monday night.

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The Cape students scored three tries in the last five minutes to beat Pukke 39-33 in dramatic fashion.

The home side looked to have their first-ever title wrapped up with a 33-15 lead heading into the final stages of a pulsating final, but a late "brain-freeze" from the Pukke No 10 gave Ikeys a sniff.

With Pukke leading 33-31 and time up on the clock, all Welthagen needed to do was boot the ball into touch. Instead, he tried a drop kick which was charged down and UCT went on to score and snatch the game.

"I can't describe how I feel," an emotional Welthagen told the Beeld website.

"I don't know what I was thinking. When I realised what was happening (that the drop was charged down), I got a fright and just hoped for the best. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it."

Welthagen endured a lot of criticism on social media afterwards but said he'll bounce back.

"People can say what they want, but I won't let this thing get the better of me. I know I will emerge stronger from it," said Welthagen.

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