FNB Varsity Cup Round Four

February 23, 2014
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Just two log points separate the top four teams in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International ahead of Round Four on Monday.

Defending champions FNB UP-Tuks are the only team yet to lose a game this season, and they lead the way but not by much with the chasing pack breathing down their necks.

They will be up against the fourth-placed FNB UCT – who are coming off two big away wins against FNB Maties and FNB NMMU – in the first televised game (live on Supersport One at 16.45) in Cape Town on Monday.

FNB NWU-Pukke and the NMMU Madibaz both suffered their first defeats last week, but they are not far off the pace, which sets up their clash in Port Elizabeth nicely. 

The loss to UCT last week was the Madibaz’ first defeat at home since 2012, so they will be looking to bounce back quickly against a NWU-Pukke side that went down to Maties in Potchefstroom in Round Three.

The Stellenbosch side will be back on home soil on Monday, with bottom-dwellers FNB Wits set to visit the Danie Craven Stadium as they look for their first log points of the season.

Maties got their campaign up and running with their win against NWU-Pukke last week after a disappointing start to the season, so they will be eyeing a bonus-point win against Wits who are still yet to win a Varsity Cup game. 

Both FNB UJ and FNB UFS-Shimlas will be hoping to break into the top four ahead of their clash in Bloemfontein. UFS-Shimlas are down in seventh place on the log, but just three points adrift of the Ikeys who are in fourth place, which shows just how congested the standings are ahead of Monday’s action.

In the Varsity Shield defending champions FNB CUT will be looking to extend their unbeaten run which stretches back to 2012 when they host FNB Fort Hare in Bloemfontein.

Fort Hare have already shown that they will be no pushovers this season by beating the FNB UKZN Impi in Durban, but they will have to produce a special performance if they are to get the better of the high-flying Ixias.

John Mitchell’s UKZN side are coming off a morale-boosting win over Peter de Villiers’ FNB UWC last week and they face the FNB TUT Vikings in Pietermaritzburg. The Vikings suffered their first defeat against CUT last week, so they will be keen to bounce back and put some more distance between themselves and the Impi on the log.

In the FNB Varsity Young Guns competition the FNB UFS-Young Guns will be out to put their narrow defeat to defending champions UP-Tuks behind them when they host Wits in Bloemfontein whilst in Cape Town the Ikeys will be looking for their first win when they face UJ.

The Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship moves into Round Two on Monday, with Steinhoff Oppidani hosting NWU-Pukke outfit Steinhoff Patria in Port Elizabeth and UFS champions Steinhoff Heimat starting their campaign with a clash against Wits’ Steinhoff Humanities in Bloemfontein 

FNB UCT v FNB UP-Tuks

(UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town – Kick-off: 16.45 live on Supersport One)

 

FNB UFS-Shimlas v FNB UJ

(Shimla Park, Bloemfontein – Kick-off: 19.00)

FNB Maties v FNB Wits

(Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch – Kick-off: 19.00)

 FNB NMMU v FNB NWU-Pukke

(Madibaz Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kick-off: 19.00 live on Supersport One)

 For more info please visit www.varsitycup.co.za

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 0 vs NWU (PUKKE) 23 after 35 min.

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    FNB UKZN are leading FNB TUT 16-0 in Pietermaritzburg in the FNB Varsity Shield

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 34 vs UJ 0 after 40 min. Try scored by Tertius Kruger for SHIMLAS

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Wits lock JJ Breet is yellow carded and Maties take advantage as hooker Freddie Kirsten scores with three minutes to go before half-time.

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    FNB UKZN are leading FNB TUT 16-0 in Pietermaritzburg in the FNB Varsity Shield thanks to a brace from Stefan van Schalkwyk

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    FNB NMMU 0 vs FNB NWU-PUKKE 23 Half-time

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    It’s FNB CUT 16-7 FNB UFH Blues at half-time in Bloemfontein

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    It’s half-time in Stellenbosch (Round 4 action): Maties 5 (1 try), Wits 10 (2 tries).

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Zwela Zondi scores for FNB UKZN Impi. They now lead 24-0 against FNB TUT Vikings

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Maties trail 10-5 half time in against Wits. Now playing with the wind.

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    FNB UFS-Shimlas stretch their lead over UJ to 36-0 with a Gouws Prinsloo penalty early in second half.

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    FNB UFH Blues flyhalf Oliver Zono has scored a try and converted it to take the score to 15-16 against FNB CUT

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Joubert Engelbrecht gets his second try for UFS-Shimlas who lead UJ 44-0 and Juan Language scores for NWU-Pukke who lead NMMU 39-0.

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Wits pick up their second card of the night and the Maties benefit again as they score a second try. 54 minutes gone: Maties 10 Wits 10

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    FNB Varsity Shield score update: CUT Ixias 24-15 UFH Blues, UKZN Impi 32-8 TUT Vikings

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    FNB UJ wing Michael Haznar shown a yellow card for a late and high tackle on Kevin Luiters. Shimlas 44-0 UJ

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 44 vs UJ 0 after 62 min. Try not awarded for UJ

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    FNB UFS-Shimlas hooker Markus Odendaal shown a yellow card for a tip tackle with his side 44-0 up against UJ.

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    FNB Varsity Shield score update: CUT Ixias 24-15 UFH Blues in Bloem, UKZN Impi 32-8 TUT Vikings in PMB

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    FNB UJ finally get on the scoreboard in Bloem with a try from skipper Jacques Pretorius to make it 44-8 against Shimlas.

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Into the closing stages in Bloemfontein, FNB CUT hold on to a 29-23 lead over FNB UFH Blues

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Five minutes left in Stellenbosch: Maties 18 (3 tries, 1 con), Wits 10 (2 tries).

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Sylvian Mahuza goes over for his second try for NWU-Pukke who now lead NMMU 44-16 in PE.

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 49 vs UJ 16 after 78 min. Try scored by Divandré Strydom for SHIMLAS

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 16 vs NWU (PUKKE) 52 after 77 min. Try scored by Luther Obi for PUKKE

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    UFS (SHIMLAS) 52 vs UJ 16 Full-time

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Divandre Strydom scores the final try for FNB UFS-Shimlas who have beaten UJ 52-16 in Bloemfontein to go to third place on the log.

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    NMMU (MADIBAZ) 16 vs NWU (PUKKE) 52 Full-time

  29. avatar DavidS says:
    February 25th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Bliksem… maybe Beeld shoould accuse Pukke of being Nazis more often…

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 25th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    @DavidS: :)

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