Varsity Cup Round 5, preview & predictions

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.

**Additional information from www.varsitycup.co.za

** Game updates by www.varsitycup.co.za and www.rugby15.co.za

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106 comments for “Varsity Cup Round 5, preview & predictions

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

    UCT and Pukke should be an excellent match!

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  2. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    IKEYS 16 vs PUKKE 0 after 35 min

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    March 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Try Pukke 36 min

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    March 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    UCT 16 Pukke 5 37min gone

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  5. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    UCT score with Mark Winter

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    March 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    UCT 24 Pukke 5

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  7. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Halftime 24-5 for UCT

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  8. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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

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  9. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Pukke on try line since second half started

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  10. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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

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  11. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    :whistling: Pukke messing up four changes now

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  12. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Finally scoring

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  13. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Tiaan Dorfling the man crossing the line

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  14. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    UCT 24 – 13 after Nortier kick

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  15. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    end to end stuff in CT

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  16. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    UCT on the attack now on |Pukke goal line

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  17. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Pukke back on attack

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  18. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    And flook it with mocking in lineout

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  19. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    26 penalty’s conceded by both teams so far

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  20. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Vishuis defeat Mopanie 26-18 in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby championship

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  21. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    some handbag stuff by UCT 😀

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  22. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    30 penalties in the game now

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  23. avatar
    March 5, 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

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  24. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Tackle Count: • IKEYS – 121 • PUKKE 90

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  25. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Still 24-13 for UCT 68 min gone

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  26. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    UCT score and surely sealed the game Leyds the man over

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  27. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    UCT 29 -13

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  28. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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

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  29. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Gaan eet iets en al die kak gebeur

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  30. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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

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  31. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Here we go Tuks vs shimlas any upsets?

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  32. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

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

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  33. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Tuks on the board try

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  34. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Riaan Britz going over after skip pass

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  35. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    8-0 Tuks 2 min

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  36. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Shimlas not in the game

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  37. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Smilas rare change on five meter scrum

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  38. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Shimlas score under post

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  39. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    8-8 in PTA

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  40. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

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

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  41. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Tuks making the mistakes now

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  42. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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

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  43. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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

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  44. avatar
    March 5, 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.

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  45. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Tuks over Nhlapo prop going over

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  46. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    16-8 to Tuks 18 min gone

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  47. avatar
    March 5, 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.

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  48. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Tuks looks good everytime they touch the ball

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  49. avatar
    March 5, 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

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  50. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Here comes the Bulls ball PINK time

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  51. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

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

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  52. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Tuks gonna put up a big score here I think

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  53. avatar
    March 5, 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

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  54. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    slightly boring at this stage in PTA

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  55. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

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

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  56. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Captain Botha for tuks back from injury and got injured again

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  57. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    shimlas kicking attacking ball away stupid

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  58. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

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  59. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    UJ 16 : 0* TUT, UJ pulling away now

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    March 5, 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.

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    March 5, 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

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  62. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Deon Helberg score for Tuks 36 min

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  63. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Dunlop put extra three points Tuks 24-8

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  64. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Halftime in PTA 24-10 for Tuks

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  65. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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

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  66. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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

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  69. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    TUT 0-40 UJ

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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

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  72. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Britz gets hi ssecond try for the night for Tuks

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  73. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Britz is going off the field after scoring try

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  74. avatar
    March 5, 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.

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  75. avatar
    March 5, 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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    TUT 0-56 UJ

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    TUT 0- 64 UJ

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    March 5, 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.

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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

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    March 5, 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.

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  81. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Tuks not looking that sharp tonight

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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

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  84. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Its over 4 TUT 0- 85 UJ

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  85. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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

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  86. avatar
    March 5, 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.

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  87. avatar
    Boertjie
    March 5, 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.

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

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

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  89. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 8:36 pm: 😀

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  90. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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

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  91. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Helberg score again for Tuks in boring game

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    March 5, 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.

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Tuks 40 Shimlas 10

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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

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  96. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    try for Shimlas

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    March 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Tuks 40 Shimlas 18

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  98. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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

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  99. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Tuks score after hooter

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  100. avatar
    March 5, 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

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

    Excellent

    Is UCT nou gefok?

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  102. avatar
    Boertjie
    March 5, 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.

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  103. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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

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  104. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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

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  105. avatar
    March 5, 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.

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  106. avatar
    March 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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

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