Round Four of Varsity Cup sees FNB Maties look to retain their perfect record against FNB CUT as FNB Madibaz host the in-form FNB Wits, while FNB Ikeys host FNB Shimlas and FNB UJ travel to Potch to take on FNB NWU.
FNB Madibaz vs FNB Wits
Kick-off: 16h45 (Live on SuperSport 1)
Venue: Madibaz Stadium
FNB Madibaz on hunt for FNB Wits scalp
FNB Madibaz will be looking to ambush FNB Wits and collect their first win of the tournament when they clash with the Jo’burgers on Monday.
FNB Madibaz have had a disappointing start to the season with two straight losses. They had their bye in the first round of the competition before losing to FNB UCT 27-17 and then gave FNB CUT their first win of the competition and their second win ever after losing 38-37 in Bloemfontein.
FNB NMU were unlucky not to win their most recent game after both sides scored five tries in the thriller. FNB Madibaz coach David Maidza believes they need to play in the right areas of the field when they host FNB Wits.
FNB Wits took their first loss of the season when they were defeated by FNB Shimlas 44-24 in Bloemfontein. Unlike their previous games FNB Wits struggled to control the game but still managed to score four tries with Kasende Kapepula manging to grab a brace in the bout.
FNB Wits boss Hugo van As explained that even though losing is never ideal, the team is still positive about their next game and the season.
“The loss against FNB Shimlas was disappointing. But the team understands we are part of this process and it’s our first loss of 2018. But we don’t need motivation, the team is self-driven and understand that it’s a long campaign and that we need to pick ourselves up and execute better and perform better on the day.”
FNB Madibaz Starting XV: 15 Michael Botha, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (captain), 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Lovu Claassen, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Wynand Grassman, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedwyn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck
Replacements: 16 JP Jamieson, 17 Tembelihle Yase, 18 Similile Qinela, 19 Robert Izaks, 20 Jayson Reinecke, 21 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 22 Henrique Olivier, 23 Jordan Koekemoer
FNB Wits Starting XV: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Yanga Hlalu, 12 Adriaan van Blerk, 11 Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Jethro de Lange, 6 Constant Beckerling (captain), 5 Pascal Snyman, 4 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt 3 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams
Replacements: 16 Justin Brandon, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Sipho Siboza, 19 Lwazi Monakali, 20 Jared Fuller, 21 Manqoba Mbatha, 22 David Cary, 23 Luyolo Qinela
FNB Maties vs FNB CUT
Venue: Danie Craven Stadium
FNB Maties looking to go four-from-four
FNB Maties will look to continue their dominance of the FNB Varsity Cup when they host FNB CUT on Monday evening.
FNB Maties have taken four wins from four games in FNB Varsity Cup thus far. Their stranglehold of the competition looked at risk last week though when FNB UP-Tuks pushed them close but FNB Maties came up on top winning 24-16.
Before their scare, FNB Maties claimed a comfortable 31-3 victory over FNB UJ in their first round and then a resounding 56-21 in their second match against FNB Shimlas.
It would be tough to catch the Stellenbosch side on the log. They currently have 14 points after three games, with only FNB Wits just behind them with 10 points. FNB CUT are looking to pit guts versus brawn in their Round 4 clash in Stellenbosch on Monday.
The men from Bloemfontein achieved their second win of the season against FNB Madibaz, beating the Port Elizabethans 38-37 and will now travel to Danie Craven Stadium to take on the unbeaten FNB Maties.
FNB CUT coach Tiaan Liebenberg believes that FNB Maties have very few chinks in their armour but that FNB CUT heart can see them through.
“I think FNB Maties has an unbelievable counter attack and a very strong set piece. We were looking at thier scrum and they have forty kilograms on us. But rugby is a funny game, it’s not about size it’s about heart. We’ll plan and see where we can counter them, but at the end of the day, it’s about guts and heart. There’s not a lot of weakness in that side.”
FNB Maties Starting XV: 15 Reinardt Fortuin, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Cornel Smit, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Janco Venter, 7 Marno Redelinghuys, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Brandon Valentyn, 3 Johan Fouche, 2 Arnoldi Wilmar, 1 Chippie Oelofse (captain)
Replacements: 16 Hendrik Luus, 17 Ricky Nwagbara, 18 Piet Strauss, 19 Chris Massyn, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Elden Schoeman, 23 Munier Hartzenberg
FNB CUT Starting XV: 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Masego Toolo, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Heinrich Bitzi, 11 Dean Jacobs, 10 Denver Kleu, 9 Ruben Heymans (captain), 8 Gerhardus Nel, 7 Ruan Smit, 6 Dean Rossouw, 5 Brendon Fortuin, 4 Arne van Rensburg, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster
Replacements: 16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Lihan Viljoen, 20 Isiah Bila, 21 Tiisetso Madonsela, 22 Mazithulele Nkosi, 23 Karabo Maqeba
FNB UCT Ikeys vs FNB Shimlas
Venue: UCT Rugby Fields
FNB UCT building momentum
FNB UCT will be out to claim their third win in a row when they host FNB Shimlas on Monday.
The Cape Town university has shattered the pundits’ expectation this season.
After their first loss against FNB Wits, not many gave the Tigers much of a chance but after an away win against FNB Madibaz and a head-turning victory over FNB NWU, a victory over FNB Shimlas might fashion FNB UCT into potential title contenders.
FNB UCT have a speedy backline who utilise the ball well, but the success of FNB UCT has come from a powerful forward pack led by captain Joshua Moon and supported by barnstorming-runner Nyasha Tarusenga. Their scrum decimated FNB Madibaz in Round 3 and they have been solid in the crash-ball area.
Moon praised his side’s character after their win against FNB NWU.
“It was a very important win for us on Monday against FNB NWU who are a very strong side. I cannot praise the character of the boys enough, it was spectacular to be a part of.”
The Bloemfontein-based university have had a mixed-bag of a season so far. After starting the competition off with a 19-17 win over FNB Varsity Cup champions FNB UP-Tuks in Pretoria, FNB Maties put them to sword beating them 56-21. Their most recent game was a 44-24 victory against the in-form FNB Wits in Bloemfontein.
Currently both FNB UCT and FNB Shimlas both sit on nine points and if the latter wins the game they will leapfrog FNB UCT for the third place and will be hot on the heels of log leaders FNB Maties and FNB Wits.
FNB UCT-Ikeys Starting XV: 15 Khanyo Ngcukana, 14 Karl Martin, 13 Liam Furniss, 12 Charles Ball, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Darian Hock, 9 Pieter Schoonraad, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Josh Moon (captain), 6 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Wayrin Losper
Replacements: 16 Josh Van Vuuren, 17 Ashwyn Adams, 18 Ntokozo Khomo, 19 Gary Porter, 20 Kwezi Puza, 21 Stefano de Gouveia, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwilanji Chibale
FNB Shimlas Starting XV: 15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Sango Xamlashe, 11 Gideon Agenbag, 10 Nicholas Naude, 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Albertus de Bod, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi, 6 Jan Cloete, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma, 3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Gert Kotze (captain)
Replacements: 16 JC Jansen van Vuuren, 17 Louis Cloete, 18 Janu Botha, 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Benjamin Jansen van Vuuren, 21 Zinedene Booysen, 22 Ayabonga Oliphant, 23 Tiaan Schutte
FNB NWU vs FNB UJ
Kick-off: 19h00 (live on SuperSport 1)
Venue: Fanie du Toit Sportsground
FNB NWU look to get their season back on track against FNB UJ
FNB NWU will be looking to remind the rest of the competition of their attacking potency when they host FNB UJ in Potchefstroom on Monday.
The men in purple destroyed FNB CUT 70-7 in Round 1 scoring eight tries in the process. FNB NWU then had a bye in Round 2 before being shocked by FNB UCT, going down to the Cape Tonians 18-15 in a tight affair.
FNB NWU Jonathan Mokuena believes motivation was an issue last week but that it won’t be an issue when his side is back at home in Potchefstroom.
“There was so much hype around the first game and it was at home, so, the motivation was a little bit higher. The FNB UCT game was little more difficult, in getting the guys motivated. We tried something a little different this year by having a team building in the week off to get the guys fresh and motivated for FNB UCT but unfortunately it didn’t work out for us.
“I think it will be different being at home with everyone’s’ parents, and uncles and aunties cheering them on, from the crowd. I think as the coaching staff the biggest thing is focussing on the detail.”
Mokuena believes that FNB UJ will be confident for the game considering their history.
“FNB UJ beat us the last time we played them at Fanie du Toit Stadium and they walked away as winners. They will come here confident and believing they can beat us. I believe my team is on the right track though and it should be a good 80 minutes.”
FNB UJ are keen to get back into the FNB Varsity Cup after their bye, according to FNB UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg.
“A bye always presents an interesting challenge. It usually extends the period until the next game which makes the guys more expectant to play. In our case, it was a good time for us to reassess where we are after Round 1. It’s been a long wait, so the guys are raring to go now.”
Janse van Rensburg believes past results mean nothing when it comes to game day but admits FNB NWU should pose a big challenge.
FNB NWU Starting XV: 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Dean Gordon, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Akhona Nela, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout (captain), 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Nelius Theron
Replacements: 16 Marius Stander, 17 Matimu Manqanyi, 18 Theodore Ferreira, 19 Jaco Swanepoel, 20 Senzo Mkhize, 21 Nkosana Mathaba, 22 Henko Marais, 23 Jimmy Mpailane
FNB UJ Starting XV: 15 Ronald Brown, 14 Tyreeq February, 13 Jan-Louis la Grange, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Tatendaishe Mujawo, 10 Jeanluc Cilliers, 9 Bradley Thain, 8 Wian Conradie, 7 Adriaan Bester, 6 James Venter, 5 Kevin de Randt, 4 Malembe Mpofu, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Jannes Snyman (captain), 1 Sibusiso Lali
Replacements: 16 Hendrik van Schoor, 17 Dillon Bakos, 18 Estian Enslin, 19 Siyabonga Luwaca, 20 Darryle Kameel, 21 Austic-Marc Davids, 22 Louis van der Schyff, 23 Cohen Kiewit.