Varsity Cup Round 5, preview & predictions

March 5, 2012
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Half way through the competition we still have 7 teams fighting for the top four positions. Any slip-up can cost any team a place in the semi-final which makes this year’s competition the closest race in years.

by Jacques

Last week’s results:

Monday, February 27 – Round Four:
FNB NMMU 23 FNB UCT 21 (Xerox NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
FNB Shimlas 18 FNB UJ 50 (Xerox Shimla Park, Bloemfontein)
FNB Maties 23 FNB UP-Tuks 22 (Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
FNB NWU-Pukke 52 FNB TUT 8 (Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds, Potchefstroom)

After last week results Maties took control as the leader of the pack, but with just 2 points ahead of Tuks and UJ.

Position Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Maties 4 4 0 0 109 43 66 1 17
2 UP-Tuks 4 3 0 1 125 51 74 3 15
3 UJ 4 3 0 1 135 74 61 3 15
4 NWU-Pukke 4 2 0 2 110 78 32 3 11
5 NMMU 4 2 0 2 86 122 -36 1 9
6 UCT 4 1 0 3 112 92 20 2 6
7 Shimlas 4 1 0 3 90 109 -19 2 6
8 TUT 4 0 0 4 12 210 -198 0 0

There are some nice matchups again this week with Pukke and UCT taking each other on in Cape Town. This is a must win game for UCT as they will not be able to pull back with another loss tonight.

Speaking ahead of the game Pukke Coach Hannes Esterhuizen said that UCT’s backs are against the wall and this will be a quarter final for both teams as the losing teams will lose ground to make the semi-finals. For the champions Adrian Kritzinger is back from injury and will line up at inside centre. Flanker Ntsolo Setlaba will captain the Ikeys in only their second home match of the season.

Simply put: one more defeat will mean the defending champions are out of the race to make the Last Four, with matches against NWU-Pukke (this Monday), FNB Maties (away) and FNB UP-Tuks (home) still to come. The game kicks off at 5pm and will be broadcast on Supersport.

In the second game Tuks will host the struggling Shimlas in Pretoria. Shimlas sit in the same position as UCT in that they still have a change to make the semi-finals but will have to win all their remaining games and hope for other results to go their way. It will spring as a big surprise if Shimlas do upset the apple cart tonight as Tuks are one of the form teams this year. Daniel Adongo will make his varsity cup debut for Tuks tonight. The Kenyan tips the scales at 112 kilograms and stand 1, 97 meters tall. He is one of the highly rated youngsters in the Jakaranda city. UP-Tuks, who are currently in second place on the log – having lost just once this season, have not beaten Shimlas since the 2008 Varsity Cup – when they won 32-14 in Pretoria.

In the other games we have UJ taking on TUT and NMMU are hosting Maties in PE.

Monday, March 5 – Round Five:
FNB UCT v FNB NWU-Pukke (UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town), 5pm (TV)
FNB UP-Tuks v FNB Shimlas (Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria), 7pm (TV)
FNB UJ v FNB TUT (UJ Stadium, Johannesburg), 7pm
FNB NMMU v FNB Maties (Xerox NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth), 7pm

Predictions:

  • UCT vs. Pukke – Pukke to take the champs by 8 points.
  • Tuks vs. Shimlas – Tuks with plenty.
  • UJ vs. TUT – UJ by plenty.
  • NMMU vs. Maties – Maties by 20 points.

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106 Comments

  1. avatar DavidS says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    UCT and Pukke should be an excellent match!

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    IKEYS 16 vs PUKKE 0 after 35 min

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Try Pukke 36 min

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    UCT 16 Pukke 5 37min gone

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    UCT score with Mark Winter

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    UCT 24 Pukke 5

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Halftime 24-5 for UCT

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Vishuis lead Mopanie 26-10 at half-time in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby championship

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Pukke on try line since second half started

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Pukke morsing with UCT on try line but just need to get over

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    :whistling: Pukke messing up four changes now

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Finally scoring

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Tiaan Dorfling the man crossing the line

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    UCT 24 – 13 after Nortier kick

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    end to end stuff in CT

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    UCT on the attack now on |Pukke goal line

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Pukke back on attack

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    And flook it with mocking in lineout

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    26 penalty’s conceded by both teams so far

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Vishuis defeat Mopanie 26-18 in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby championship

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    some handbag stuff by UCT :D

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    30 penalties in the game now

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    looks like bulle’tjie rugby with no one taking shots at goal for teh “Kaapse Dokter” is at it again

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Tackle Count: • IKEYS – 121 • PUKKE 90

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Still 24-13 for UCT 68 min gone

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    UCT score and surely sealed the game Leyds the man over

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    UCT 29 -13

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    FNB IKEYS 29 (24) vs FNB PUKKE 29 (5) Full Time

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Gaan eet iets en al die kak gebeur

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    That is that for UCT this year don’t think they can make the play-offs anymore

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Here we go Tuks vs shimlas any upsets?

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Wits get the scoring underway in Alice with a penalty from flyhalf Kyle Peyper. Fort Hare 0-2 Wits

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Tuks on the board try

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Riaan Britz going over after skip pass

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    8-0 Tuks 2 min

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Shimlas not in the game

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Smilas rare change on five meter scrum

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Shimlas score under post

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    8-8 in PTA

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    CUT are on the board with a penalty to flyhalf Jannie Myburgh CUT 2-0 UKZN in Bloemfontein.

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Tuks making the mistakes now

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Maties open the scoring in PE with a try from hooker Rob Herring. NMMU 0-8 Maties

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    UJ camped on TUT tryline, but its still 0-0 after 18min in JHB

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    A try from left wing Jacques Bussack has given CUT a 10-3 lead over UKZN whilst Fort Hare have drawn level with Wits through a penalty.

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Tuks over Nhlapo prop going over

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    16-8 to Tuks 18 min gone

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Tense start to the Varsity Shield game in Alice – Fort Hare 2-2 Wits after 20 mins with the crowd making plenty of noise.

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Tuks looks good everytime they touch the ball

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    UJ still unable to get points on the board against TUT despite having all the possession in the first 20min

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Here comes the Bulls ball PINK time

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Correction Kemp missed the conversion but Maties lead 5-0 at strategy break against the Madibaz

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Tuks gonna put up a big score here I think

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Shane Kirkwood opens the scoring for UJ with a great try – converted by Worsie Kotze and it’s UJ 8-0 TUT

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    slightly boring at this stage in PTA

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The rolling maul from Maties is successful and Hugo Kloppers scores. Maties lead 10-0 against NMMU

  56. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Captain Botha for tuks back from injury and got injured again

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    shimlas kicking attacking ball away stupid

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Cobras won 28-25 after leading 18-10 at half-time.

  59. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    UJ 16 : 0* TUT, UJ pulling away now

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Half-time in Bloem and it is CUT 10-4 UKZN whilst the sides are still deadlocked in Alice UFH 2-2 Wits. Tense stuff in the Varsity Shield.

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Maties prop Os Hamman barrels over the line for a try just before HT – Maties 16-0 NMMU in PE

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Deon Helberg score for Tuks 36 min

  63. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Dunlop put extra three points Tuks 24-8

  64. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Halftime in PTA 24-10 for Tuks

  65. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Scheepers penalty brings about half-time in Pretoria… UP-Tuks 24 Shimlas 10

  66. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Half-time in Bloem and it is CUT 10-4 UKZN whilst the sides are still deadlocked.

  67. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    A try from left wing Jacques Bussack has given CUT a 10-3 lead over UKZN

  68. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Maties centre Wessel Coetzee score the team’s bonus point try. Maties now lead 26-0 against NMMU

  69. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    TUT 0-40 UJ

  70. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Three quick tries from UJ after half-time and UJ fly into a 40-0 lead over TUT

  71. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Maties now in complete control after a 5th try against the Madibaz. Maties 34-0 NMMU

  72. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Britz gets hi ssecond try for the night for Tuks

  73. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Britz is going off the field after scoring try

  74. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Two yellow cards as things get quite heated in Alice. Wits hooker Piers Cooper and Fort Hare lock Bongani Mwahla cooling off in the sin bin.

  75. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    NMMU’s best chance of the match so far is squandered at the ball is lost at a line-out 5m out from Maties tryline. NMMU 0-34 Maties

  76. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    TUT 0-56 UJ

  77. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    TUT 0- 64 UJ

  78. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    CUT in complete control with a 26-4 lead over UKZN in Bloem thanks to tries from Frans Sisita and Rudi Britz.

  79. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    The sides are still deadlocked in Alice UFH 2-2 Wits. Varsity Shield.

  80. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Big No.8 Charles Baggott scores off the back of a scrum as Wits take the lead in Alice. Fort Hare 2-10 Wits at the strategy break.

  81. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Tuks not looking that sharp tonight

  82. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Coetzee crosses the line for a second time and Maties lead NMMU 42-0

  83. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    UJ’s lead now up to 72-0 against a hapless TUT

  84. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Its over 4 TUT 0- 85 UJ

  85. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    NMMU finally on the scoreboard with a try from Jaco Otto. Maties 42-8 NMMU

  86. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Fort Hare draw level with a try to exciting flyhalf Banda Masixole which he converts himself. UFH 10-10 Wits with 15 mins left in Alice.

  87. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 6:10 pm:

    Fendemilie?
    Jou Boet sal bly wees dat die Souties
    ‘n slag gewen het.

  88. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    The Madibaz add a second try through Carl van Niekerk – too little too late – NMMU 13-42 Maties

  89. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 8:36 pm: :D

  90. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Maties lock Reniel Hugo yellow carded for a high tackle on NMMU’s Jaco Otto

  91. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Helberg score again for Tuks in boring game

  92. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    CUT have demolished the UKZN Impi, winning 42-4, scoring five tries in Bloemfontein. UFH v Wits is down to the wire 10-10 with minutes left.

  93. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    The Madibaz add a third try late in the game and have clawed back to 21-42 against Maties

  94. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Tuks 40 Shimlas 10

  95. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Final score UJ beat TUT 93-0 in the biggest winning margin in Varsity Cup history

  96. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    try for Shimlas

  97. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Tuks 40 Shimlas 18

  98. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Wits and Fort Hare finish level at 10-10 in a physical encounter Varsity Shield clash in Alice.

  99. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Tuks score after hooter

  100. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Round Up

    Maties 42-21 against Madibaz
    UJ 93 -0 against TUT NEW RECORD
    UCT 29- 29 against Pukke
    Tuks 48 – 18 Shimlas

    Tx for varsitycup.co.za and RUGBY15.co.za for all the score updates

  101. avatar DavidS says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Excellent

    Is UCT nou gefok?

  102. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 8:50 pm:

    Sjoe! So Wits is al net so :poop:
    soos Fort Hare – die ou dae se
    struggle fabriek.

  103. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 9:03 pm: Reken so ne Morne :soek:

  104. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:05 pm: Shame hulle probeer darem

  105. avatar DavidS says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Uitstekend… dis waar die Engelkse universiteite hoort… ex struggle fabrieke wat rugby speel om die getalle op te maak en die regte rugby los vir die Boere.

  106. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 9:32 pm: :applause:

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