Tuks recorded the first-ever century in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International, while Wits tasted arguably their finest moment yet when they beat Pukke in Potch on Monday night.
Varsity Cup results:
FNB Tuks 100-0 FNB CUT
FNB UJ 36-28 FNB Madibaz
FNB Shimlas 12-58 FNB Maties
FNB Pukke 13-22 FNB Wits
Varsity Shield results:
FNB UFH 28-16 FNB TUT
FNB WSU 20-15 FNB CPUT
FNB UKZN 5-53 FNB UWC
FNB UP-Tuks scored 14 tries in their 100-0 (halftime 54-0) drubbing of FNB CUT Ixias in Round Six of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday, 6 March 2017.
The men from Pretoria set a new winning margin with their 100 nil win, surpassing the record set by FNB UJ against FNB TUT (93-0) in 2012.
FNB UJ made it three wins in a row as they managed to overcome a spirited performance by FNB Madibaz as they managed to win the match 36-28 at the UJ stadium in the 2017 Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
The home side set the tone of the match early on, as they applied relentless pressure on FNB Madibaz territory and looked likely to break the deadlock, but had to be patient with their build-up as the away side came into the game with a defensive strategy.
FNB UJ eventually took the lead courtesy of some awful handling and butter-fingers from FNB Madibaz, as prop Nico du Plessis was gifted with one of the easiest tries he could have scored, Divan Nel slotted the conversion and it was 7-0 to the home side.
FNB Maties thrashed FNB Shimlas 58-12 in the sixth round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Bloemfontein on Monday night, as they played for the first time ever at the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs.
FNB Shimlas started the game on the wrong foot when scrumhalf Armand Pretorius was yellow-carded for not retreating 10 metres right near the FNB Shimlas tryline. FNB Maties used the opportunity and launched a backline move where winger Edwill van der Merwe scored the first try, converted by flyhalf Chris Smith, putting FNB Maties in the lead 7-0, eight minutes into the game.
FNB Maties kept the momentum and flyhalf Chris Smith scored in the corner converting his own try taking the lead to 14-0, 15 minutes in the game. Flaming FNB Maties scored a third try from the kick-off when flanker Stephan Streicher rounded off with a seven-pointer converted by Chris Smith, dominating the game 23-0 after only 18 minutes.
The FNB Wits came with one goal and that was to put their sharpest performance in against the defending champions, the FNB NWU-Pukke. The visitors claimed bragging rights with a final score of 22-13 in Round Six of this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
It was the FNB NWU-Pukke’s hooker Louis van der Westhuizen who opened the scoreboard for the home team with a corner try, but Julian Delicado’s kicking boot was unsuccessful and could only put them on 5-0. Van der Westhuizen received a yellow card to leave his team with 14 men on the field.
But flyhalf Gianni Lombard from the FNB Wits showed a classy comeback performance to put the visitors in the lead 7-5 in the 21st minute of the clash. Lombard converted his own try successfully.
With Delicado struggling to get rhythm with his boot, he finally managed to kick a penalty through the poles to turn the match in the favour of his side, 8-7 in the 26th minute.
The tall Marno Redelinghuys set up a try for FNB NWU-Pukke’s Jimmy Mpailane as they took the lead into halftime 13-7 up on the board.
It was the left flanker, Constant Beckerling, who narrowed the gap between the two sides as he stumbled over the try line for FNB Wits to put them one point behind 13-12. Lombard missed a difficult conversion.
FNB NWU-Pukke lacked yet again on their discipline area as the replacement hooker Wilmar Arnoldi had been yellow carded for a high and dangerous tackle to give Lombard a penalty opportunity to put his team in the lead 15-13 up against the defending champions.
It was Manuel Rass from FNB Wits who took the game away from FNB NWU-Pukke as he went over for a seven-point try to give his team a substantial lead. FNB Wits left the field with a victory of 22-13 over the defending champions as they left with the bragging rights. The FNB NWU-Pukke faced their second consecutive defeat.