Maties showed why they have dominated the Varsity Cup the last 3 years when they hammered Ikeys at home last night.
Maties 37 Ikeys 16
Forward domination, good defence and keeping the ball in hand is how you will win most rugby matches and that is just what Maties did last night against Ikeys. If you have not seen this year’s competition yet and last night’s game was your, you would have thought; “same old, same old”.
I almost got the same feeling that I have (as a WP supporter) when the Bulls take on WP. It does not matter how good WP was up to that game, the Bulls almost always have that mental edge over them to win.
It must be said that this was definitely the game of the season far with the two teams going at each other from the start. Defence was bone crashing from both teams and both was willing to spread the ball wide to bring to a capacity crowd of six thousand almost every second of the game to their feet.
The two teams showed everyone exactly why they were the best two teams last year and why other teams must fear playing them in the play-offs. Ikeys struggled to settle into their normal running game plan due to the massive defensive onslaught from Maties.
Ikeys did have their brilliant moments on attack but were constantly put under pressure from Maties. Ikeys’ Catrakilis is someone to watch at number 10, he had a brilliant game in a side on the back foot the whole afternoon. Adams was the stand out player for Maties and also man of the match.
For FNB UCT: Try: Rijs Con: Catrakilis Pens: Catrakilis 2 DG: Catrakilis
For FNB Maties: Tries: Adams 2, Lehman, Hanekom Cons: Stevens 2, Kemp 2 Pens: Stevens 3
Tuks 38 UJ 23
The other unbeaten team in the competition, UJ, also got stuck against Tuks last night in their game in JHB. Tuks finally put the performance together that was expected from them since the start of the season.
Tukkies looked the more composed side throughout the game. This win spells a warning to Maties who will be traveling next week to Pretoria. The first half was a close affair with both sides playing well. Tuks struggled to convert all the opportunities into points and you almost got the feeling that they going to let this one slip again.
But it was in the second half where Tuks were far more clinical in their approach more patient in their build-up. To seal the deal Man-of-the-Match Arno Botha scored his brace to confirm that Tuks would be in the mix come the play-offs.
For FNB UJ: Tries: McDonald, Waka, Wheeler Con: Kotze Pens: Kotze 2
For FNB Tuks: Tries: Coetzee, Tecklenburg, Botha 2 Cons: Dunlop 3 Pens: Dunlop 4
Pukke 28 Shimlas 37
Another thriller played itself out in Shimla Park last night when Shimlas won against a much improved Pukke team. It was the first time in the Varsity Cup history that Shimlas could win against Pukke.
It was a game that started with great speed and ended in overdrive. After 46 min Pukke was leading 25-13 and looked like they could take their first win of the season. The saying:”Fighting fire with fire”, worked for the Shimlas as they started to adopt the running style Pukke brought to the table.
Pukke however never gave up, and as the siren went, the Shimlas lost the ball and the Pukke started running. They got a penalty and ran some more but the Shimlas were at them like terriers on defense forcing a turn-over. Heyns picked it up and the tall lock finding energy from somewhere raced 46 metres to score, ending in a dive-fall. It took him a long time to get his hands off his knees and longer still to produce a smile.
For FNB Shimlas: Tries: Ulengo 2, Heyns 2, De Bruyn Cons: Davids 3 Pens: Davids 2
For FNB Pukke: Tries: Landman, Watermeyer, Oberholzer, De Wet Con: Dumond Pens: Dumond, Dorfling
In the other game NMMU got their first win over TUT, who after beating Tuks in that classic game a few weeks ago looks like someone going down a super-tube. The final score was 40-15 which leaves the race for the wooden spoon still wide open.
The Full Log after week 5:
For the UCT guys (Morne and some other idiots I know) jammer om te hoor.
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