Recapping on last week’s results:
UJ 49 NMMU 18. It was if MNNU still had a big “BABALAAS” from the upset against Shimlas the previous week. They were never allowed to be in the game by UJ.
TUT 2 Ikeys 66. For the first time this season we saw the champions playing with flair and purpose, allow against one of the weakest in the competition, Ikeys played well.
Maties 20 Shimlas 7. Tough game and Maties only really secure the game after 60 min.
Tuks 40 Puk 20. Tuks was just too good for Pukke on the night and showed that they will be able to go that extra game this year to win the Varsity Cup. Other teams should be looking out for Tuks.
Round 4 will see one of the most anticipated clashes of the year when Maties host last year’s finalist and the inform Tuks in Stellenbosch tonight. The two teams are at this stage of the competition the only two teams who have not lost a game yet. The winner tonight will have the bragging rights and the top position on the log.
“Perhaps you could start talking about revenge in a tournament like Super Rugby or the Currie Cup where the same teams tend to play against each other, but not in the Varsity Cup – we basically just play each other once a year,” Maties coach Chean Roux said.
Roux is very happy to play Tuks at home in this top of the log clash. Tuks however have cause an upset in 2009 when they beat Maties at Coetzenburg 25-23 so nothing is for certain. Roux also expects the same kind of game plan from Tuks as from what you can expect from the Bulls as Heyneke Meyer’s hand was firmly involved in the resurrection of the team from last year.
Whilst there has also been plenty of talk about winning records – and maintaining a 100% record – Roux is not interested in records; he simply wants four points, adding: “First up, you always want to win your home games.
But Tuks coach Nollis Marais had a slightly different view this week to Roux, saying: “They’re our baptism of fire (of the season) – that’s for sure.”Not only are they unbeaten, but I’m sure they’ll be looking to avenge last year’s loss to us. That said, they will have to get past us to remain unbeaten, so I’m expecting one helluva tussle.”
The guys made a real mess of things with this match as it is not one of the matches been broadcast over Supersport, so people who wants to follow the result of the Coetzenburg massacre will have to follow Ruggaworld on Twitter and our weblog.
The first match on Supersport at 5pm is between current champions UCT who will be hosted by NMMU in PE. The second game at 7pm is between Shimlas and and UJ who will battle it out in Bloemfontein. Shimlas who is currently in fourth position on the log cannot afford another lost as they will start slipping away from the front pack.
Other action on Monday will see the NWU-Pukke entertain TUT – the only winless side in the competition – as the Men from Potchefstroom, like Intervarsity rivals Shimlas, look to bounce back from two losses in a row.
Maties vs. Tuks – Going with my choice of team who I believe will go all the way and win the cup; Tuks win 10 points
UCT vs. MNNU – UCT win 30 or more points. Believe MNNU had their best match already.
Shimlas vs. UJ – Tough one but I believe UJ is just too good this year for Shimlas, UJ with 10 points
Pukke vs. TUT – Pukke should win this one but TUT did not have their big match yet this year.
**Additional information from www.varsitycup.co.za