Shouldering the responsibility
He commands a presence in the midfield and the respect of his peers. More than anything, Joubert Engelbrecht demands perfection from himself.
Standing 1.9 m tall and weighing 97 kg, the new captain of the NWU-Pukke’s Varsity Cup side possesses al the physical attributes of a modern day inside-centre and a healthy appetite for crossing the whitewash as his 20 tries for the Leopards will contest.
He has the uncanny ability to break the first line of defence that makes him a constant threat and his unrivalled vision an ever-present danger. It is this vision that speedsters the like of Andrew van Wyk, Joe Seerane will feed off on his outside.
An erudite observer would also have noted his knack for taking the ball up whilst keeping it alive as he is smothered by defenders, but, perhaps his most valued attribute is his unwavering belief in himself. It is a pledge between mind and body where the former promises to keep its wits about it for the duration of 80 minutes whilst the latter undertakes to be pushed to the limits of its earthly constrains.
“Joubert is a thoroughbred product of the NWU-Puk Rugby Institute system and a superlative rugby player. He is an experienced captain having led the Leopards o.21 side and has even captained the Leopards senior side,” coach Hannes Esterhuizen told varsitycup.co.za.
Joubert Engelbrecht, captain of the NWU-Pukke's Varsity Cup side, leads his team to the field against NMMU in Port Elizabeth.