Maties stormed to the top of the Varsity Cup log with a commanding win over UCT in Cape Town on Monday, but defending champions, NWU Pukke, stumbled in Bloemfontein, losing against arch-rivals, the Shimlas.
UP-Tuks also got back to winning ways against Wits, while UJ won their second match on the trop by disposing the efforts from CUT Ixias.
Shimlas 35, NWU Pukke 23
The FNB Shimlas claimed a victory in superb conditions as they dominated the match to send the FNB NWU-Pukke back to Potchefstroom with a defeat of 35-23.
Jimmy Mpailane from the FNB NWU-Pukke scored the opening try of the match as he went for a seven-point try. Schalk Hugo converted the kick successfully to put the visitors on 9-0 over the FNB Shimlas. In the 16th minute it was Nicolaas Immelman from the FNB Shimlas who got the home side on the board with a five-point try. FNB Pukke were still in the lead before strategy break with a score of 9-5.
FNB NWU-Pukke were punished for a high tackle and poor discipline as the referee awarded a penalty try for the FNB Shimlas with no kick required. The home team went into half-time with a score of 12-9.
As the second half started it was the FNB Shimlas who dominated the first few minutes with a magic try by Dian Badenhorst followed by the bonus-point try by Daniel Maartens. They put the men in blue on 28-9 in the 48th minute.
Wandile Mazibuko from the FNB NWU-Pukke tried to narrow the gap as he went over the line for five points. Julian Delicado, who came on in the second half, kicked over the conversion to put them on 28-16 before the strategy break.
The writing was on the wall as Benardus Erasmus scored a try in the 68th minute to add five points to FNB Shimlas’ score. Marco Mason converted his third kick of the evening successfully to leave them on 35-16.
Morné Strydom fought back hard to narrow down the gap as he went over for the FNB NWU-Pukke in the 83th minute to send them back to the change room on 35-23. The FNB Shimlas claimed a victory as the FNB NWU-Pukke faced their second defeat.
FNB Player that Rocks: Daniel Maartens (FNB Shimlas)
FNB Shimlas 35. Tries: Nicolaas Immelman (five-point), Dian Badenhorst (five-point), Daniel Maartens (seven-point), Bernardus Erasmus (five-point)
Conversions: Marco Mason (3).
FNB NWU-Pukke 23. Tries: Jimmy Mpailane (seven-point), Wandile Mazibuko (five-point), Morné Strydom. Conversions: Schalk Hugo (1), Julian Delicado (2)
FNB NWU-Pukke:15 Tapiwe Mafura, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 13 Elden Schoeman, 12 Jaap Pienaar, 11 Justin Newman, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Marno Redelinghuys (c), 7 Loftus Morrison, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Jaco Swanepoel, 3 Dewald Dekker, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Dolf van Deventer.
Replacements: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Morné Strydom, 18 Boela Venter, 19 Marcel Henn, 20 Caleb Louw, 21 Julian Delicado, 22 Nkululeko Mcuma, 23 Lungelo Gosa.
FNB Shimlas: 15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Vuyani Maqina, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Stephan Janse van Rensburg (c), 11 Marco Mason, 10 Niel Stannard, 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Bernardus Erasmus, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Raymond Woest, 4 Nicolaas Immelman, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Johan Kotze. Replacements: 16 Francois Steyn, 17 Kwenzokuhle Blose, 18 Thabiso Msiza, 19 Ruben Schoeman, 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Armand Pretorius, 22 Nicholas Naude, 23 Wilhandre Kotzenberg
UCT 16, Maties 47
A hat-trick by Duncan Saal and a clinical attacking performance saw the visitors run passed their intervarsity rivals as the FNB Ikey Tigers went down 47-16 to a high flying FNB Maties side on Monday afternoon at the Green Mile.
The FNB Ikey Tigers got on the scoreboard first through the boot of Lohan Lubbe, but their lead was short lived as Craig Barry produced a moment of magic to finish off an FNB Maties move worth seven points. Lubbe was forced off after the strat break as he suffered an arm injury, and while Rico Lategan was in the sin bin, the FNB Ikey Tigers conceded a try and conversion from Christoper Smith.
Rob Anderson got the home team back on the scoreboard through a drop goal and then a penalty, before Duncan Saal scored his first try of the night, ending the first half FNB Maties 23-9 FNB UCT.
The first ten minutes of the second half were back and forth, with no team really able to capitalize on their opportunities. In the 53rd minute, Nyasha Tarusenga scored the FNB Ikey Tigers’ first and only try of the night as he crashed over the line before Anderson converted. The joy was short lived, as a defensive mistake saw Haznar extend FNB Maties’ lead once again with a five-point try.
FNB Maties showed no signs of slowing down, scoring three tries in the last nine minutes of the game. Duncan Saal completed his hat-trick in the last five minutes of the game, scoring in both the seventy fifth and eightieth minutes. On the day, FNB Maties were clinical in attack and resolute in defence, putting up brick walls wherever the FNB Ikey Tigers tried to run through. The match ended 47-16 to FNB Maties.
FNB Player That Rocks: Johan Momsen (FNB Maties)
FNB UCT 16. Try: Nyasha Tarusenga. Conversion: Rob Anderson. Drop goal: Rob Anderson. Penalties: Lohan Lubbe, Rob Anderson
FNB Maties 47. Tries: Duncan Saal (one seven-pointer, two five-pointers), Christopher Smith, Craig Barry (seven-pointer), Mihcal Haznar, Stephan Streicher.
Conversions: Christopher Smith (4).
FNB Ikeys: 1 Wayrin Losper, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 4 Duncan Saffy, 5 Gary Porter, 6 Sanele Malwane, 7 Luke Stringer, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 10 Rob Anderson, 11 Joel Smith, 12 Rico Lategan, 13 Suwi Chibale, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 15 Lohan Lubbe. Substitutions: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 20 Vernon Peterson, 21 Hilio De Abreu, 22 Tristan Mouton, 23 Gerard Pieterse.
FNB Maties: 1 Niel Oelofse, 2 Craig Corbett, 3 Jacobus van der Merwe, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Johan Momsen, 6 Saud Abrahams, 7 Jacobus van Dyk, 8 Devon Nash, 9 Brendon Nell, 10 Christopher Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 12 Chris Smit, 13 Michal Haznar, 14 Duncan Saal, 15 Craig Barry. Replacements: 16 Johan Kirsten, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Mitchell Carstens, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Albertus de Wet, 22 Douglas Steyn, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.
FNB Tuks 25, FNB Wits 9
FNB UP-Tuks scored three tries to nil to record a 25-9 win (half-time 15-9) against FNB Wits in Round Five of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
The gloomy weather that has held its grip on Pretoria over the last week made way for a pulsating match between the two teams at the Tuks Rugby Stadium.
FNB Wits brought their A game to Pretoria as they played at a frantic pace in the first half but FNB UP-Tuks proved to be a stronger defensive unit.
Flyhalves Tinus de Beer (FNB UP-Tuks) and Warren Gilbert (FNB Wits) exchanged penalties early on before FNB UP-Tuks wing Dewald Naude collected a grubber to score the opening try of the match.
Gilbert added a further two penalties before FNB UP-Tuks captain Chris Massyn crossed the line in the 31st minute. De Beer's conversion gave the men from Pretoria a 15-9 lead at the break.
The second half proved to be a much slower affair as both team's struggled to find their groove with promising passages of play ended by unforced errors.
Replacement utility back Franco van den Berg scored a late try to give the home team a comfortable 25-9 win.
FNB Player that Rocks: Andre Warner (FNB UP-Tuks)
FNB UP-Tuks 25. Tries: Dewald Naude, Chris Massyn, Franco van den Berg. Conversions: Tinus de Beer, Joshua Stander. Penalties: Tinus de Beer (2)
FNB Wits 9. Penalties: Warren Gilbert (3)
FNB UP-Tuks: 15. Divan Rossouw, 14. Dewald Naude, 13. Toko Maebane, 12. Impi Visser, 11. Sibahle Maxwane, 10. Tinus de Beer, 9. Andre Warner, 8. Jsuan-Re Swanepoel, 7. Chris Massyn (c), 6. Eduan Lubbe, 5. Brian Leitch, 4. Aston Fortuin, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Jan-Henning Campher, 1. Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16. Theuns Reynolds, 17. Jaco Holtzhausen, 18. Marius Verwey, 19. Denzel Hill, 20. Theo Maree, 21. Joshua Stander, 22. Manie Libbok, 23. Franco van den Berg.
FNB Wits: 15. Lux Ntsepe, 14.Kwanele Ngema 13. Joshua Jarvis, 12. Brandan Hewitt, 11. Wandisile Simelane, 10. Warren Gilbert (c), 9. Ruan Cloete, 8. Constant Beckerling, 7. Conor Brockschmidt, 6. Justin Brandon, 5. Graham Logan, 4. Rhyno Herbst, 3. Luvuyo Pupuma, 2. CJ Conradie, 1. CJ Greeff. Replacements: 16. Michael Renwick, 17. Brandon Palmer, 18. Pascal Snyman, 19. Jethro De Lange, 20. Karl Erasmus, 21. Manuel Rass, 22. Gianni Lombard, 23. Ameer Williams
FNB UJ 73, FNB Ixias 20
FNB UJ inflicted an immense bonus-point victory over the home side FNB CUT in Bloemfontein on Monday evening, scoring a massive nine tries to three in demolishing the FNB Ixias by 73-20. FNB UJ secured this win after leading 50-15 at the break.
For most of the first half, it was one-way traffic as the black jerseys ran in six tries, thanks to some poor defensive rugby by the FNB Ixias. The FNB UJ forwards won enough good possession up front to ensure their potent backline ran circles around FNB CUT.
Except for a brief 10-minute session around the middle of the first half, when the FNB Ixias showed some grit and fought back with two tries of their own, it was a 15-man show by the visitors that kept FNB CUT behind their goal line.
For 33 minutes in the second half, FNB CUT showed some character, extending the FNB UJ defence themselves, and tackled with real heart to keep the FNB UJ quiet.
But then the wall broke, allowing FNB UJ to run in three more converted tries and win 73-20.
FNB Player That Rocks: Godfrey Ramaboea (FNB UJ)
FNB CUT 20. Tries: Ruben Heymans, Martin Jacobs and Darron Adonis. Conversion: Jacobs (1). Penalty: Jacobs (1)
FNB UJ 73. Tries: Godfrey Ramaboea, Ewan Adams (2), Aphiwe Dyantyi, Jannes Snyman, Jaco Fourie, Leon Massyn, Estian Enslin and Wian Conradie. Conversions: Divan Nel (8)
FNB CUT: 15. Darren Adonis, 14. Olwethu Ndakisa, 13. Ruan Wasserman, 12. Johan Nel, 11. Waldo Putter, 10. Martin Jacobs, 9. Ruben Heymans, 8. Stefan Kruger, 7. Vincent Maruping, 6. Dean Rossouw (Capt), 5. Kian Skippers, 4. André Venter, 3. Henco Smit, 2. Bester Olivier, 1. Jean Volkwyn. Replacements: 16. Kyle Ess, 17. Kabous van Schalkwyk, 18. Chrisjan du Toit, 19. Burger van Niekerk, 20. Dean Jacobs, 21. Dian Dry, 22. Denver Klue and 23. Brendan Verster.
FNB UJ: 15 Ewan Adams, 14 Peter John Walters, 13 Aphiwe Dyanti, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johann Esterhuizen, 8 Leon Massyn, 7 Adrian Bester, 6 Wian Conradie, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Reinhaardt Nothnagel, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman ©, 1 Waldo Weideman. Replacements: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Jo Hanko De Villiers, 20 Siyabonga Luwaca , 21 Kevin du Randt, 22Devon Mare, 23 Carlisle Jordan
Varsity Shield Round 4 results:
FNB UWC 30-10 FNB TUT at UWC Stadium
FNB Rhodes 10-30 FNB UFH at Rhodes Great Field
FNB CPUT 49-21 FNB UKZN at CPUT Sports Stadium