Varsity Cup Preview, Round 7

March 19, 2012
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Varsity Cup moves to the last of the round robin matches before the top 4 teams will take each other on in the semi-finals.

by Jacques

Here is a look at the log standings at this stage.

2012 Varsity Cup Standings & Fixtures/Results

Position Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Maties 6 6 0 0 196 74 122 3 27
2 UP-Tuks 6 5 0 1 215 100 115 5 25
3 UJ 6 4 0 2 260 108 152 6 22
4 NWU-Pukke 6 3 1 2 173 139 34 5 19
5 Shimlas 6 2 0 4 164 193 -29 3 11
6 NMMU 6 2 0 4 143 206 -63 3 11
7 UCT 6 1 1 4 146 166 -20 3 9
8 TUT 6 0 0 6 48 359 -311 1 1

Home Ground advantage plays a big part in any competitions and the same applies here. We have some interesting match-ups tonight and non-more exciting than Maties taking on UJ in their own back yard. The semi-finals are maybe confirmed already but who plays in front of their fanatical crowds will be decided tonight.

Even the log leading Maties are not assured of a home semi. UJ smashed Maties by 39-19 at Danie Craven Stadium last year, a result that saw Maties miss out on a semi-final. A similar result will see UJ securing a home semi-final and the men in maroon perhaps having to travel.

“I guess we’ll know what to do by the time our game starts,” said Maties coach Chean Roux when asked about his team’s semi-final prospects.

“Not that it should really matter to us, but I think UCT will beat Tuks in the 5pm match. The Ikeys will be psyched up after the season they’ve had and with a nasty South Easter at the Green Mile… well, anything can happen.

“But even if Tuks lose I don’t think we’ll just settle for a loss as we could end up playing UJ later on in the tournament and we’d certainly love to take some momentum into the play-offs.”

The Fixtures for tonight:

Monday, March 19 – Round Seven:
FNB UCT v FNB UP-Tuks (UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town), 5pm (TV)
FNB UJ v FNB Maties (UJ Stadium, Johannesburg), 7pm (TV)
FNB NWU-Pukke v FNB Shimlas (Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds, Potchefstroom), 7pm
FNB TUT v FNB NMMU (TUT Stadium, Tshwane), 7pm

My Predictions:

  • UCT vs Tuks- See a surprise here on the cards UCT winning by 5
  • UJ vs Maties- My Heart say Maties but UJ is pretty damn good this year…Maties by 7
  • Pukke vs Shimlas – Pukke by 20 points
  • TUT vs MNNU – Mnnu by 15 points

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87 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Go Maties moer hulle……..ek hoop

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 2:32 pm:

    Walk in the park man.
    :support:

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Final score in the young guns game at the Green Mile – UP-Tuks U20 beating UCT U20 by 66-8

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Patria take an early 10-0 lead over Oppidani in the Koshuis competition

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    UCT 8 Tuks 0 14 min gone

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    After 20min in the Koshuis competition: Patria 18-8 Oppidani – Monitor 0-21 Dagbreek

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 5:15 pm:

    UP-Tuks U20 beating UCT U20 by 66-8
    ——
    Shame, they should still be in mama’s nursery.

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    UJ U20 have closes the gap against Maties who lead 26-24 just after half-time of their Young Guns match.

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:42 pm: I feel fvor them

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    UCT 16 : 8 Tuks after 52.
    8O

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    After 55min Patria go past the 50 mark – Patria 55-8 Oppidani

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Monitor strike back with a try – Monitor 16-34 Dagbreek

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 6:11 pm: They helping their friends across the berg rivier

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

    UCT flyhalf Nick Holton kicks a crucial penalty and Tuks will have to score twice in the last 20 mins if they want to win. UCT 18-8 Tuks

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

    20 min left go souties

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Tuks play dumb rugby

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Morne just post this with a link-cheating is VarsityCup
    The Varsity Cup GETS rocked by allegations of cheating by certain teams according to EWN http://bit.ly/yDXdb1

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Tuks score teen UCT

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    18-16 UCT leads Tuks

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    TGuks 24-18

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Big Sthembiso Mlongo crashes over for a try to put the icing on for Tuks who have beaten UCT 29-18

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    UJ U20s have fought back well to edge Maties U20 out 32-31 in a thrilling Young Guns match.

  23. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 6:56 pm:

    Haaaa! Dit klink beter!

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Penalty for UJ kick for touch

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    It’s 0-0 between FNB TUT and FNB NMMU in their last round

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    7 minutes into the game: Maties 0 – UJ 0 but UJ in control

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    UJ mess up good position

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Maties to made 27 tackle vs 3 from UJ

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Update from Tshwane – TUT 0 (lost prop V/d West. to injury), NMMU 5 (Goosen try).

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    UWC take a 5-2 lead thanks to a try from right wing Godlen Masimla who was put over by fullback Warrick Rhoda who made the initial break

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Andrew van Wyk adds a second quick try for NWU-Pukke to open up a 16-0 lead over Shimlas early on

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Charles Baggott hits back for Wits who take the lead back straight away with a try from a driving maul. Wits 10-5 UWC

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    13 minutes down in Tshwane – try to NMMU’s Crocket – TUT 5 (1 try), NMMU 13 (2 tries).

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Tuks, Shimlas accused of cheating

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    It is a tight battle between Maties and UJ in Joburg, still no score but both teams are looking threatening.

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Philip de Wet adds the third try for NWU-Pukke, who are running away with it early on. Pukke 21-0 Shimlas

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Breaking News:

    Cape Town – Seven Varsity Rugby clubs have been reprimanded after incorrectly registering players participating in the Varsity Cup, Varsity Shield and Varsity Young Guns competitions.

    From http://www.news24.co.za

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    “A disciplinary process was set in motion as a result of which Jannie Lubbe SC, an experienced international Judicial Officer, felt a reprimand was sufficient as he regarded the breaches in the nature of an oversight. The Varsity Rugby tournaments start at the end of January, while university registration only takes place in February and some oversights occurred.

    “This is the first year with these new rules and we need to be serious about implementing our rules at all times. It shows that we are very serious about maintaining the integrity and trust of the Varsity Cup, which, for us, will always be a student-based tournament. To emphasise that point the Varsity Cup executive appealed against the sanction.

    “The appeal went before a three-man committee of Rob Stelzner and André Oosthuizen (both of whom are senior councils) and attorney Louis Booyse, and it was dealt with on Sunday, March 18 as it was always our intention to have this issue sorted out before today’s final round of league matches.

    “In the end, it was found – according to the tournament’s constitution – that the Varsity Cup did not have the right to appeal Lubbe’s suggested penalty and, thus, the findings and penalties were upheld and accepted.

    “The Varsity Cup, together with its members, will continue to work hard to ensure that this remains a fair competition, as well as being appealing and attractive to the rugby-watching public.”
    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/VarsityCup/Varsity-cheat-claims-cleared-up-20120319

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Third try for NMMU – to wing Ndwandwa – they now lead TUT by 21-5 after twenty minutes in Tshwane

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Wits have stretched their lead over UWC to 15-5 thanks to a try from hooker Piers Cooper.

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    NWU-Pukke secure the four-try bonus point through a second Andrew van Wyk try. Pukke 32-0 Shimlas

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Wits take a 2-0 lead over UWC in Bellville thanks to a monster penalty from Blake Dismore

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Third try for NMMU – to wing Ndwandwa – they now lead TUT by 21-5 after twenty minutes in Tshwane.

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    UJ vs Maties, 0-0

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    On Varsity problems:

    Bosman: Varsity Rugby starts at the end of Jan, while university registration ends in Feb and oversights occurred.

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    varsitycup Fort Hare hold a slender 8-7 lead over UKZN in Pietermaritzburg with the teams trading tries ahead of half-time.

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Another try for Crocker, then a score for Jacobs and NMMU now lead TUT by 37-5 ahead of half-time in Tshwane

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Wits scrumhalf Brent Crossley scores a try just before half-time to give them a 23-5 lead against UWC at the break.

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    35 min into the game Maties 2 – 0 UJ

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    TRY! Baa-Baa’s style pass & run play sees #9 crossley finish a play that began in his own half. Con. is good. 5-23

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Halftime Maties 2 UJ 0

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    UJ flyhalf Guy Cronje misses a penalty on the stroke of half-time so Maties go into the break with their slender 2-0 lead.

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Half-time in Tshwane: FNB TUT 5 (1 try), FNB NMMU 37 (5 tries).

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Still no change in the second half to the score in Potch: NWU-Pukke 40 Shimlas 8

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Fucksakes but this ref in UJ/Maties game is kak

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

    UJ score good try after all the pressure

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    UJ 8 Maties 2

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Ref is blind in rucks

  59. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I think this ref loves his voice

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    He is killing the game for both sides

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    UJ shows much more class tonight

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Maties look Stormers like tonight which is not a good thing

  63. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    UJ miss kick at post

  64. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    20 min to go in JHB

  65. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Maties on attack

  66. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Loss ball almost on tryline

  67. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    JC Oberholzer rubs salt into the wound with another try. NWU-Pukke 64 Shimlas 8

  68. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    UJ getting away with three prof fouls Maties still on attack

  69. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Maties scrumming better in 2de half

  70. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Score update from Tshwane – TUT 34 NMMU 69

  71. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Humman doing great work for Maties in the scrums

  72. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Maties is killing UJ in scrum

  73. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Try to NMMU replacement Carl van Niekerk – Madibaz now lead TUT by 77-34

  74. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Fok kakste ref ooit

  75. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Is die drol familie van Willie Roos

  76. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Maties score 30 sek to go

  77. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Jordaan score

  78. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    And who said they only boo at Newlands

  79. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Both teams can kick themself for the kak they dish up tonight and I hope this flooking ref get’s injured and we don’t have top see him again, hopefully someone will moer him when he goes home so that he can get some sense moerd into him

  80. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Wits have put UWC out of the Varsity Shield running with a 28-15 victory whilst Fort Hare edged out UKZN 16-15 in PMB.

  81. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    So It is Maties vs Pukke and Tuks takeing on UJ in the semi’s gonna be great

  82. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Final score in Tshwane: TUT 34 NMMU 90 – well done Madibaz.

  83. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Sorry Maties vs UJ and Tuks vs Pukke

  84. avatar DavidS says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Maties v UJ in CT?

    Maties to win

    Tuks will beat Pukke again

    Tuks v Maties final with Maties to be champs

  85. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 9:06 pm:

    Daai poephol ref se pa is glo die
    skeidsregter-asessor in die WP.
    Go figure.

  86. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 9:12 pm: I had my monay on Tuks since last year I think if they get to the final they will take it this year Maties flook themself not to make home semi and final they do not travel well as we saw tonight.

    Don’t be suprise if it is a UJ Tuks final, maties need to up their game next week but I am sure with the beer throwing supporters they will pull it through though :whistling:

  87. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 19th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:28 pm: Ek het laas met ou Roos so kak ref gesien, hy het nie ‘n clue gehad wat in die skrums, of los aangaan nie en het een vir jou een vir my uitgedeel.

    En as sy pa in WP as hoof is sien ons die drol een van die dae in Superkak ook

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