Here is a look at the log standings at this stage.
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
- 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
**Additional information from www.varsitycup.co.za