Varsity Cup 2014: Round 1



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.

(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.

We will be running full updates on  and every Monday night on all the matches.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…