Varsity Cup 2014: Round 1

February 3, 2014
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Varsity Cup 2014 will give everyone it first look at a few new rules in this year’s competition. Firstly and most importantly we have the “double trouble” on the field were two referees will monitor and referee the game.

Secondly we have the new and improved jersey’s for the prop’s to be able to bind better in the scrums and hopefully have less collapse scrums in the game. I believe this will be the one new innovation that most rugby lovers, couches and administrators will be looking at closely this season.

The third new innovation in this year’s Varsity Cup is the “Free Catch Rule”, which allow any player to call for a mark ball anywhere on the field. All these new innovations were done to hopefully make the game faster and more exciting which will then lead to more tries in the game.

Apart from the new exciting new rules and regulations we can also look forward to some great matches tonight in week 1.

The first match will be between Maties and MNNU in Prot Elizabeth. Last year we saw the Madibaz putting in a much better performance in and run Maties to 16-15 in the semi-finals at Stellenbosch. Maties only had the one lost to Tuks in the final and will be out to put the wrongs right this season to put a claim in for a fourth Cup title.

Defending champions FNB UP-Tuks will take on local rivals FNB UJ in the second match that will be televised live on Supersport one. Coach Pote Human has named a talented team for tonight’s opener. The host UJ will be out to make a big statement in their first game at home with their new coach Werner Janse van Rensberg with Ian Macdonald and Gcobani Bobo.

Down in Cape Town FNB UCT will host NWU Pukke on the Green Mile. UCT ended in seventh place last year and with new coach Kevin Musikanth they will try to revive their form when they won the Cup title in 2011.

In Bloemfontein FNB UFS –Shimlas get their campaign underway against FNB Wits. FNB Wits will have to work hard this year after losing several players who failed to meet the academic requirements.

All FNB Varsity Cup teams and match details for Monday, February 3:

FNB NMMU Madibaz v FNB Maties
(NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kick-off: 16.45 live on Supersport One)

FNB NMMU Madibaz: 15 Jarryd Buys, 14 Ayabula Dlepu, 13 Michael Bernardt, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Tythan Adams, 10 Gavin Hauptfleisch, 9 Daniel Acker, 8 Timothy Agaba, 7 Marcel Groenewald, 6 Christopher Cloete, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Dexter Fahey, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Roy Godfrey (captain).
Replacements: 16 Greg Bauer, 17 Nicolas Roebech, 18 Louis Fourie, 19 Wade Elliot, 20 Ivan Ludick, 21 Stefanus Booysen, 22 Donovan Marais, 23 Enoch Mnyaka.

FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgskiss, 12 Louis Jordaan, 11 Caleb Smith, 10 Chris Smith,  9 Jean Nel, 8 Tertius Daniller (captain), 7 Jurg Streicher, 6 Beyers de Villiers, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Brendon Pitzer, 2 Freddie Kirsten, 1 Wesley Adonis.
Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Boeta Kleinhans, 18 Renier Ehlers, 19 Lungelo Chonco, 20 Gerhard Jordaan, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Johnny Kôtze, 23 Liam Hendricks.

FNB UCT Ikey Tigers v FNB NWU-Pukke
(UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town – Kick-off: 17.00)

FNB UCT: 15 Ross Jones-Davies, 14 Richard Stewart, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Guy Schwikkard, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Liam Slatem (captain), 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Vince Jobo, 6 Shaun McDonald, 5 Jan Uys, 4 James Kilroe, 3 Digby Webb, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Joel Carew.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 David Maasch, 18 Kyle Kriel, 19 Jason Klaasen, 20 James Alexander, 21 Suwilanji Chibale, 22 Martin Sauls, 23 Robin Murray.

FNB NWU-Pukke: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Edmar Marais, 13 Jaap Pienaar, 12 Adriaan Engelbrecht, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Johnny Welthagen, 9 Tiaan Dorfling (captain), 8 Juan Language, 7 Henro-Pierre Swart, 6 Rhyk Welgemoed, 5 Francois Robbertse, 4 Peet van Der Walt, 3 Elardus Venter, 2 Armand van Der Merwe, 1 Mashudu Mafela.
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Johan Smith, 18 Daniel Jordaan, 19 Philip de Wet, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Rhyno Smith, 22 Lucian Cupido, 23 Lhlanhla Ngoama.

FNB UP-Tuks v FNB UJ
(Tuks Stadium, Pretoria – Kick-off: 19.00 live on Supersport One)

FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Francois Tredoux, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Jono Janse van Rensburg, 7 Rudolph Smith, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Reniel Hugo (captain), 4 Dennis Visser, 3 Basil Short, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Sidney Tobias, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Leneve Damens, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 Jacques Rossouw, 23 Andrew Beerwinkel.

FNB UJ: 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Robert de Bruyn, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Jacques Nel, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Jacques Pretorius (captain), 8 Kobus Porter, 7 Victor Seketekete, 6 Tiaan MacDonald, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Van Zyl Botha, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Wiseman Kamanga.
Replacements: 16 Jannes Snyman, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Jeremy Jordaan, 19 Dylan Peterson, 20 Lukas van Zyl, 21 Juan Kotze, 22 PJ Walters, 23 Ryan Plasket.

FNB UFS-Shimlas v FNB Wits
(Shimla Park, Bloemfontein – Kick-off: 19.00)

FNB UFS-Shimlas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Divandre Strydom, 13 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Sethu Tom, 10 Gouws Prinsloo, 9 Andre van der Walt, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Neill Claasen, 4 Oupa Mohoje, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Elandre Huggett (captain), 1 Dolph Botha.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Gideon Bruwer, 18 Fanie van der Walt, 19 Sihle Ngxabi, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Franna du Toit, 22 Maphutha Dolo, 23 Justin Pappin.

FNB Wits: 15 Ruhan Nel, 14 Joshua Jarvis, 13 Mandla Dube, 12 Brent Crossley, 11 Divan Ferguson, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Matt Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 JJ Breet, 6 JP Jonck, 5 Rendani Ramova, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Gideon Muller, 2 Ashley Kohler, 1 Hannes Ludick.
Replacements: 16 James Marx, 17 Kyle Wood, 18 Senna Esterhuizen, 19 Thato Mavundla, 20 Nkuli Gamede, 21 Wilton Pietersen, 22 Pieter van Biljoen, 23 Ferdinand Kelly.

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62 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Timing sucks tonight, Maties in the lead by 13-0 26 min gone in first half

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The score is still FNB UCT Ikey Tigers 8-0 FNB NWU-Pukke on the Green Mile in Cape Town

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    FNB UCT get their second try of the afternoon! Flank Shaun McDonald scores it. Grant converts. Ikey Tigers 16-0 NWU-Pukke

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    My mistake MNNU 13-0 and score another try through number eight

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 20 vs US (MATIES) 0 after 33 min. Try scored by Tim Agaba for MADIBAZ

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 21 vs US (MATIES) 0 after 33 min. Try scored by Tim Agaba for MADIBAZ

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Maties getting hammered by Madibaz,

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Maties needed points just before half time going for line

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 21 vs US (MATIES) 0 Half Time

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Strategic timeout now in Cape Town. FNB UCT Ikey Tigers enjoy a 16-0 lead over FNB NWU-Pukke after 20 mins

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    FNB NWU-Pukke are on the board now, rolling their way over from a 10m lineout. Conversion missed by Tiaan Dorfling. UCT 16-5 NWU-Pukke

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Straightway FNB NWU-Pukke strike again! Fullback Sylvian Mahuza runs in the try and Dorfling converts. UCT 16-13 NWU-Pukke

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Rob Louw tweets:Basics missing in Stellenbosch team continually loosing ball in contact. Doc Craven must be turning in he’s grave. Need a big 2nd half

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 21 vs US (MATIES) 0 after 45 min.

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    FNB NWU-Pukke fullback Sylvian Mahuza gets his second try of the game, just before halftime! Tiaan Dorfling converts. UCT 16-21 NWU-Pukke

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 26 vs US (MATIES) 0 after 49 min. Try scored by Christopher Cloete for MADIBAZ TMO decision

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    At halftime in Cape Town, FNB NWU-Pukke lead the FNB Ikey Tigers 21-16 in an intense battle

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Luther Obi is on the scoreboard now for NWU-Pukke, as he gets a try. The conversion is missed, but NWU-Pukke now lead. UCT 24-26 NWU-Pukke

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Maties get one back with some great play to score under the post NMMU 45 Maties 16

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 45 vs US (MATIES) 21 after 76 min. Try scored by Ehlers for MATIES

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Rob Louw ‏
    Must be the worst display of rugby by Maties ever as a once proud old Matie sad

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    FNB NWU-Pukke get their fifth try of the day, this time replacement Philip de Wet scores. Dorfling converts. UCT 24-34 NWU-Pukke

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 45 vs US (MATIES) 29 after 79 min. Try not converted by Robert du Preez for MATIES

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 45 vs US (MATIES) 29 Full-time

    Maties get moerd goed, long tough road for them it looks this year

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    20 mins to go in Cape Town. The score is FNB UCT 24 FNB NWU-Pukke 34

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Maties came back well, but a huge wakeup call for the men from Stellenbosch, not the start I suppose their supporters were expecting, but that is Varsity Cup for you, great start by Madibaz and are a team that is just building from last year, must be a team too look out for.

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    FNB NMMU Madibaz flank Chris Cloete Man of the match with his four tries in the game

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    FNB NWU-Pukke are in yet again for their sixth try! Lock Francois Robbertse scores, Tiaan Dorfling converts. UCT 24-42 NWU-Pukke

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    FNB UCT’s defence is letting them down. FNB NWU-Pukke score their 7th try! Daniel Jordaan this time, conversion missed. UCT 24 NWU-Pukke 47

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    My reporting sucks tonight…

    Firstly I had the games wrong….then the score wrong……then the venue wrong……uselss

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    It’s all over in Cape Town. FNB NWU-Pukke have a bonus-point victory, final score: UCT Ikey Tigers 24-47 NWU-Pukke

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Next up Tuks and UJ

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 0 vs WITS 0 after 0 min

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 8 vs WITS 0 after 5 min. Try converted by Gouws Prinsloo for SHIMLAS

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Great start from UJ 8-0 up in the first 6 min

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Niell Jordaan drives over. FNB UJ 8-0 FNB UP-Tuks, David Antonites goes over for UJ.

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 16 vs WITS 0 after 9 min. Try converted by Gouws Prinsloo for SHIMLAS

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    FNB UJ fullback Marais Schmidt shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock down

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 16 vs WITS 0 after 15 min

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    FNB UCT 1ST XV 24 (16) v FNB NWU-PUKKE 47 (21) Full-time

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    UP (TUKS) 5 vs UJ 8 after 20 min. Try not converted for TUKS

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    In the FNB Varsity Shield action, FNB UWC lead FNB TUT 16-0, while the score in Durban is FNB UKZN 10-0 FNB UFH Blues

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Vote for your Fan voted FNB player that Rocks in every televised game! pic.twitter.com/Jt0FaN1Rxs

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 16 vs WITS 0 after 27 min

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    FNB UP-Tuks fullback Warrick Gelant dives over for his team’s second try to give them a 10-8 lead over FNB UJ in Pretoria.

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 16 vs WITS 0 after 32 min.

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Penalties are having a massive impact….discipline will be very very important in Varsity Cup 2014

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 16 vs WITS 5 after 34 min. Try not converted for WITSIES

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    FNB UKZN Impi and FNB UFH Blues are locked at 10-10 in Durban. Zono has all the points for the Blues, while Impi captain Ngcungama has a try

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 18 vs WITS 5 after 42 min. Penalty converted by Gouws Prinsloo for SHIMLAS

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    UP (TUKS) 10 vs UJ 13 after 37 min. Try scored for UJ

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    UP (TUKS) 15 vs UJ 16 after 39 min. Try scored by Rohan Janse van Rensburg for TUKS

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    UP (TUKS) 18 vs UJ 16 after 39 min. Try scored by Rohan Janse van Rensburg for TUKS – See more at: http://www.ruggaworld.com/2014/02/03/varsity-cup-2014-round-1/comment-page-2/#comment-514249

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    UP (TUKS) 18 vs UJ 18 after 40 min. Penalty converted for UJ

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    The FNB UFH Blues have gone to Durban and turned over John Mitchell’s FNB UKZN Impi 17-12 in a night of shocks in the Varsity Shield!

  56. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Full time in Pretoria and it was a scoreless second half as FNB UP-Tuks and FNB UJ finished level at 18-18.

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    The FNB TUT have defeated FNB UWC 34-31 in Belville. Quite an upset but what a result for the men from Tshwane

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 31 vs WITS 15 Full-time

  59. avatar DavidS says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Started watching the Maties v NMMU game this evening and the atrocious refereeing just put me off immediately…

    I simply cannot handle these blatant injustices anymore…

  60. avatar DavidS says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    The strange thing is that watching NBA with JTs German buds’ recording deal what I see is that the NBA’s officials have a similar credibility problem… to the point where the creator of the game of basketball one Neysmith once said that

    “The only thing that can ruin the game is poor officials”

    Take heed IRB…

  61. avatar DavidS says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 7:24 am

    It will become like boxing.
    Once people who are fans and followers get the idea that the officials are somehow not 100% unbiased and objective (which is also a perception refs need to work on as nobody is 10% unbiased and objective but it’s a goal to work towards) the sport will bleed away fans and followers in far more alarming fashion than any poor rugby style can cause.

    This is the stupidity of the running rugby and Australian propaganda followers…

    They do not realize that poor officiating is a far greater threat to rugby’s popularity and growth than different playing styles that win.

    If you want to see what unbridled poor officiating can do to a sport go see boxing.. what sport was that again?

    Yes 100% correct…

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    @DavidS: The referees in that game was a bit dodgy to say the least but must say in the UJ and Tuks game the two did quite well.

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