Maties had to work hard to get the win over last years Champions Tuks on Monday night in the Varsity Cup.
Thanks to a great try from Chris Massyn Maties pulled ahead and took the win 24-16 in Stellenbosch.
The teams matched up evenly and it took a good 19 minutes for the first points to be scored in the game when De Beer kicked a penalty.
It was a ding-dong battle throughout but it was Tuks who took the lead 16-14 at the break.
Tuks defence was brilliant throughout and Maties struggled to get through.
That defensive wall would eventually be penetrated through in the 59th minute as Chris Massyn scored for the home side to give them a 21-16 lead. Chris Smith’s 80th minute penalty all but sealed the game for FNB Maties.
With the clock running down, both teams looked to keep possession and wind the clock down, yet, in the end it would be FNB Maties who added their third victory of the campaign while keeping FNB Tuks winless in the process.
FNB Player That Rocks: Marno Redelinghuys (FNB Maties)
Cards: Ernst van Rhyn (FNB Maties); Marco van Staden (FNB Tuks)
FNB Maties: 24
Tries: Johan Momsen; Chris Massyn
Cons: Chris Smith(2)
Pens: Chris Smith
FNB Tuks: 16
Tries: Willem Strydom
Cons: Tinus de Beer
Pens: Tinus de Beer (3)
FNB Shimlas defeat FNB Wits 44-24 in the third round of the FNB Varsity Cup in Bloemfontein at Xerox Shimla Park.
Both teams started off with basic rugby and displayed solid defence. FNB Shimlas crossed the tryline first in the seventh minute when flyhalf Nicolaas Naude scored and converted his own try to open FNB Shimlas’ account 7-0. FNB Wits answered with a clinical try in the 11th minute as hooker Cecil Conradie went over for a five-pointer to bring the score to 7-5.
FNB Wits scored their second try when winger Kasende Kapepula charged down off the FNB Shimlas flyhalf to score a try, while flyhalf Christiaan Humpries converted the to put FNB Wits in the lead 7- 12. With consistent pressure by the FNB Shimlas, they managed to level the score on half time with a five-point try as Janco Cloete dotted over.
FNB Shimlas began the second half with a bang and regained their lead with a seven-pointer in the 42nd minute, as centre Sango Xamleshe crossed the tryline and Naude converted to take the lead 21-12 for FNB Shimlas. But they weren’t done and scored their bonus-point try in the 45th minute, another nine-pointer, when lock Henk Pretorius went over. Naude converted to take the score to 30-12 for FNB Shimlas.
FNB Wits made a comeback with good set play and scored in 58th minute, thanks to Conor Brockschmidt who rounded off to take the score to 35-17 with FNB Shimlas still in the lead. But FNB Shimlas stretched their lead again, to 35-17. FNB Wits was not done and the winger Kasende Kapepule scored his second try, converted by Humpries to take their final score to 24 points.
FNB Shimlas, however, had the last say when flanker Menzi Nhlabathi crossed the goal line for a seven-pointer to secure a confident win for the FNB Shimlas, 44-24.
Nicolaas Naude had a great day at the office with eighteen points scored and was awarded the FNB Player That Rocks.
FNB Player That Rocks: Nicolaas Naude (FNB Shimlas)
FNB Shimlas: 44
Tries: Nicolaas Naude (2) Janco Cloete, Sango Xamleshe (7-point) Henk Pretorius (7-point) Menzi Nhlabathi (7-point)
Cons: Nicolaas Naude (4)
FNB Wits: 24
Tries: Cecil Conradie, Kasende Kapepula (2), Conor Brockschmidt
Cons: Christiaan Humpries (2)
FNB CUT Ixias recorded only their second Varsity Cup win ever, as they ran out close victors over FNB Madibaz 38-37.
Both sides scored five tries apiece, earning themselves a bonus point in the match, while FNB Madibaz earned two. They led 22 – 15 at the break. Both packs played their hearts out and the fight among the forwards was tremendous. The backlines of both teams are famous for moving from thrill to thrill and today was no exception.
FNB Madibaz took an early lead through a penalty by Simon Bolze, followed by a Gerrit Huisamen try. Heinrich Bitzi pulled it back for FNB CUT with a penalty, but Henry Brown extended FNB Madibaz’s lead with a seven-point try as the match was already alive in the 20th minute.
The lead exchanged hands every few minutes until the break, when FNB Madibaz led 22-15. The second half was much the same, but FNB CUT came to life in the 50th minute, and scored the next two tries to regain the lead.
With 10 minutes to play FNB Madibaz’s Wynand Grassmann scored, to take back the lead, but FNB CUT hit back immediately through a seven-point try scored by LP Heymans. A late try by Jordan Koekemoer was almost enough for FNB Madibaz, but the conversion was missed and FNB CUT sealed a 38-37 victory.
FNB CUT hooker Tiaan Erasmus, who scored two tries, along with his general superb play in the tight and loose phases, earned himself the FNB Player That Rocks title.
Flyhalf Simon Bolze was the general in the FNB Madibaz team, while lock Gerrit Huisamen scored two tries as well.
FNB Player That Rocks: Tiaan Erasmus (FNB CUT)
FNB CUT: 38
Tries: Tiaan Erasmus (2), Stefan van Schalkwyk, Rayno Nel, LP Heymans
Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (4)
Pen: Bitzi (1)
FNB Madibaz: 37
Tries: Gerrit Huisamen (2), Henry Brown, Wynand Grassmann, Jordan Koekemoer
Cons: Simon Bolze (2)
Pens: Bolze (2)