Varisty Cup Round 2


The second round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will feature two classic rivalries which will both be televised live on Supersport.

The action will kick off on Monday night with the clash between FNB Maties and FNB UCT from the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch and will be followed by the showdown between FNB NWU-Pukke and FNB UFS-Shimlas in Potchefstroom, with both matches broadcast live on Supersport One.

The other two matches will see defending champions FNB UP-Tuks travel to Johannesburg to face last year’s wooden spoonists FNB Wits, whilst just down the road FNB UJ will host the FNB NMMU Madibaz.

The Cape derby is always a memorable occasion, and with both teams losing heavily in their opening games last week there should be no lack of intensity in front of a packed crowd in Stellenbosch.

Although disappointed with his team’s poor second-half performance against NWU-Pukke on the Green Mile last week, Ikey Tigers coach Kevin Musikanth knows there is still a long way to go in the competition and is keeping a positive mindset ahead of their trip to face the old enemy.

“Rugby competitions are not only about one game, much like boxing, it is not about the first round,” he said.

Maties coach Chris Rossouw has made no excuses for his team’s first-ever loss to the Madibaz last week, and he knows that expectations will be high as they look to bounce back in their first home game of the season.

It will be a completely different story in Potchefstroom, with both NWU-Pukke and UFS-Shimlas coming off impressive wins in the opening round.

NWU-Pukke’s big win in Cape Town saw them take top spot on the standings, and they will be hoping to build on that in their first home game against their rivals from Bloemfontein.

UFS-Shimlas coach Michael Horak is expecting the home side to come hard at his team in an attempt to disrupt their free-flowing style.\

“Pukke are a very physical side, they’ll back themselves to target our breakdown and spoil our ball. We’ve got to look after our ball in order for us to set up multi-phase rugby and move around a little and hopefully score some tries,” he said.

In Johannesburg the NMMU Madibaz will want to follow up their win against Maties last week with another big effort against a UJ outfit that held UP-Tuks to a fighting draw in Pretoria.

The Madibaz ran in six tries against Maties in Port Elizabeth, but their challenge is to show that they can be just as devastating on the road against a disciplined UJ team.

After being held to a draw at home last week, UP-Tuks will be out to prove a point and rack up a convincing win over Wits who are yet to win a Varsity Cup game.

Wits showed good fighting spirit to score three tries against UFS-Shimlas in Bloemfontein last week, but they were let down by a limp start to the match and coach Andy Royle knows they will have to fire from the first whistle if they are to challenge the defending champions.

In the Varsity Shield it will be a replay of last year’s final as two-time champions FNB CUT host Peter de Villiers’ FNB UWC. The Bellville side slumped to a disappointing defeat to the FNB TUT Vikings at home last week so they will want to underline their title ambitions by bouncing back to beat the Ixias on their home turf.

The Vikings finished last in the Varsity Shield last year, and after a morale-boosting win in their first game last week they will take on the FNB Fort Hare Blues in Pretoria.

Both teams are coming off wins, with Fort Hare having beaten John Mitchell’s FNB UKZN Impi in Durban, so confidence should be high on either side.

The FNB Varsity Young Guns tournament also kicks off on Monday with three matches in the Under-20 competition which will all mirror the senior Varsity Cup matches.

In Johannesburg Wits will host two-time champions UP-Tuks who are yet to lose a Young Guns game and UJ will face NMMU, with both matches being played as curtain-raisers to the Varsity Cup matches.

Things will be slightly different in Stellenbosch where the Steinhoff Maties Young Guns will take on the FNB UCT Trojans after the big derby between the senior teams at the Danie Craven Stadium.

All of the teams and match details for Monday, February 10:

FNB Maties v FNB UCT

(Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch – Kick-off: 16.45 (ive on Supersport One)

FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgskiss, 12 Johnny Kôtze, 11 Caleb Smith, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Nel, 8 Tertius Daniller (captain), 7 Lungelo Chonco, 6 Beyers de Villiers, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Brendon Pitzer, 2 Freddie Kirsten, 1 Niel Oelofse.

Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Ian Groenewald, 19 Justin Benn, 20 Jean Nel, 21 Chris Smith, 22 Louis Jordaan, 23 Liam Hendricks.

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 Vince Jobo, 7 Shaun McDonald, 6 Jason Klaasen, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Digby Webb, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Joel Carew.

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 David Maasch, 18 Guy Alexander, 19 Zakeyo Tinetenda, 20 James Alexander, 21 Martin Sauls, 22 David Strachan, 23 Robin Murray 

FNB NWU-Pukke v FNB UFS-Shimlas

(Fanie du Toit Sports Ground, Potchefstroom – Kick-off: 19.00 Live on Supersport One)

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 Robey Labuschagne, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Rhyno Smith, 22 Lucian Cupido, 23 Lhlanhla Ngoama.

FNB UFS-Shimlas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Maphutha Dolo, 13 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Sethu Tom, 10 Gouws Prinsloo, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Neil Claasen, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Elandré Huggett (captain), 1 Rudolf Botha.

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Gideon Bruwer, 18 Johan van der Hoogt, 19 Gerhard Oivier, 20 Kay-Kay Hlongwane, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 Divandré Strydom, 23 Justin Pappin.


(UJ Stadium, Johannesburg – Kick-off: 19.00)

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 Fabian Booysen, 19 Dylan Peterson, 20 Lukas van Zyl, 21 Juan Kotze, 22 PJ Walters, 23 Hendrik Bredenkamp.

FNB NMMU Madibaz: 15 Donovan Marais, 14 Tythan Adams, 13 Michael Bernardt, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Yamkela Ngam, 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 Ayabula Dlepu, 23 Simon Kerrod.

FNB Wits v FNB UP-Tuks

(Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg – Kick-off: 19.00)

FNB Wits: 15 Ruhan Nel, 14 Wilton Petersen, 13 Divan Ferguson, 12 Mandla Dube, 11 Joshua Jarvis, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Matt Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 JJ Breet, 6 JP Jonck, 5 Rinus Bothma, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Gideon Muller, 2 Ashley Kohler, 1 Kyle Wood.

Replacements: 16 Peter van Biljon, 17 James Marx, 18 Rendani Ramovha, 19 Thato Mavundla, 20 Senna Esterhuizen, 21 Nkuli Gamede, 22 Ish Nkolo, 23 Ferdinand Kelly.

FNB UP-Tuks:15 Warrick Gelant; 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Kefentse Mahlo; 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht; 8 Rudolph Smith, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Reniel Hugo (captain), 4 Dennis Visser, 3 Basil Short, 2 Sidney Tobias, 1 Juan Schoeman.

Replacements: 16 Corniel Els; 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Leneve Damens, 20 Emile Temperman; 22 Francois Tredoux, 22 Jacques Rossouw, 23 Andrew Beerwinkel.


  34 comments for “Varisty Cup Round 2

  1. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm
    Score in Stellenbosch is Ikeys 13 Maties 8
  2. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm
    Maties really look out of sorts this year
  3. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    Ikeys going for post on the stroke of half time to extend their lead.

    Half Time Score Maties 8 Ikeys 15

  4. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    second half start in Stellenbosch and Maties keep on making silly handling mistakes
  5. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    TMO decision if ball was ripped or lost forward…………… TMO say it was a ripped and try UCT
  6. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    Score Maties 8 UCT 23
  7. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    Score update at halftime in the two FNB Young Guns games on the go: Wits 2-74 UP-Tuks and UJ 32-16 NMMU Madibaz
  8. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    Two refs and touch ref get a simple knock on wrong JEEEEEZ
  9. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    Jeez but these refs are useless
  10. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm
    Clear obstruction but it’s old Shaun Veldtsman
  11. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm
    Flook Shaun gets one correct
  12. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    Score still Maties 8 UCT 23
  13. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    Maties is hieper kak
  14. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    UCT beat Maties 33-16
  15. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    @Morné: Jip
  16. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    Rom Rom; en daar etter Maties weer om!
  17. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    Score in Potch Smilas 5 Pukke 0 28 Min gone
  18. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    WITS 8 vs UP (TUKS) 21 Half-time
  19. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    A try from FNB NMMU fullback Donovan Marais has given the Eastern Cape side a 13-5 lead over UJ.
  20. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    FNB NWU-Pukke centre Adriaan Engelbrecht forces his way over for a try which gives them a 16-13 lead over FNB UFS-Shimlas.
  21. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    Steinhoff Junior Maties lead FNB UCT Young Guns 37-0 at the second half strategy break
  22. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm
    An intercept try from FNB NWU-Pukke fullback Sylvian Mahuza stretches their lead over FNB UFS-Shimlas to 24-13
  23. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    FNB UJ draw level with FNB NMMU through a try to lock David Antonites in the corner. Both teams down to 14 men after a scuffle broke out.
  24. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    FNB Varsity Shield score update at the second half strategy break: CUT 17-8 UWC and TUT 34-29 UFH
  25. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    NWU (PUKKE) 40 vs UFS (SHIMLAS) 21 after 57 min. Try converted for PUKKE
  26. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    The Steinhoff Junior Maties have thrashed the FNB UCT Young Guns 42-0 in Stellenbosch
  27. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    Scores Update: FNB UJ and FNB NMMU are still deadlocked at 13-13. UP-Tuks lead Wits 45-8 and NWU-Pukke are 40-21 up against UFS-Shimlas.
  28. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    FNB UP-Tuks have brought up their half-century with a try from replacement Leneve Damens making it 53-8 against Wits
  29. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    FNB UJ fullback Marais Schmidt kicks a penalty to give his side a 15-13 lead over FNB NMMU with five mins to play.
  30. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm
    FNB UFS-Shimlas wing Maphuto Dolo gets over for the bonus-point try, but they still trail FNB NWU-Pukke 40-29.
  31. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    PUKKE (8) 48 vs SHIMLAS (13) 29 Full-time
  32. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    A last-minute try from last week’s five-try hero Chris Cloete saw the FNB NMMU Madibaz take a dramatic 20-15 win against FNB UJ.
  33. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm
    Saw some great rugby again from the Varsity Cup tonight….


    Maties 16 UCT 32
    Pukke 48 Shimlas 29
    NMMU 20 UJ 15
    Tuks 53 Wits 8

  34. avatar
    February 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm
    NMMU, Pukke & Ikeys – this week cannot get any better…

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