Varsity Cup Preview, Round 7

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

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

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87 Comments on Varsity Cup Preview, Round 7

  1. “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

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  2. 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
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  3. 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:

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