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Varsity Cup Wrap – Wits keep winning as Maties klap CUT


It was yet again excitement on a Monday night in the forth round of the Varsity Cup with Wits that kept on winning this time against the Madibas away from home.

Here is a wrap of the results thanks to www.varsitycup.co.za 

A strong second half helped a resilient FNB Shimlas edge out the hosts 32-27 in Cape Town on Monday night.

Just as he did in the previous match, FNB UCT’s Nyasha Tarusenga, scored an early try, putting the hosts in an early 5-0 lead. It wasn’t long after that and Karl Martin capitalised on a penalty slot over and extend the lead to 8-0 as FNB UCT were in control early on.

FNB UCT continued to dominate the scrums with their forwards asserting their authority at the breakdown. But soon FNB Shimlas were on the board as winger Xamlashe Sango scored a try, which started in the FNB Shimlas half, rewarding his team with seven points.

Athenkosi Halom was stamping his name on the game, and it wasn’t long before FNB Shimlas’ other winger had his name on the score sheet as well. Another seven-point try meant it was the vistors who now led, 14-8. But FNB UCT’s powerful hooker, Cuan Hablutzel crashed over just before the break. A conversion by Karl Martin meant that FNB UCT had the ascendency heading into the tunnel, 15-14.

Just two minutes into the second half and FNB UCT were firing on all cylinders again. A seven-pointer by the lanky Duncan Saffy extended the lead to 22-14. But FNB Shimlas were desperate for a victory and the final quarter was all about the visitors. Tries by Ayabonga Oliphant and Carel Coetzee sealed the victory despite a second try by Hablutzel.

It ended 32-27 to FNB Shimlas as the Free State side jumped to third on the log with FNB UCT in fourth.

FNB Player That Rocks: Athenkosi Halom (FNB Shimlas)

Nyasha Tarusenga, Cuan Hablutzel (2), Duncan Saffy
Cons: Karl Martin
Pens: Karl Martin

FNB Shimlas: 32
Ayabonga Oliphant, Athenkosi Halom, Sango Xamlashe, Carel Coetzee
Cons: Nicholas Naude (2)

After losing to FNB UCT last week, FNB NWU fought hard and secured a narrow victory over FNB UJ at Fanie du Toit Sportsgrounds on Monday 19 February.

FNB NWU kicked off the game and within the first two minutes managed to get the first points on the board through a successful penalty by Schalk Hugo. After six minutes, FNB UJ were awarded their first penalty and Jeanluc Cilliers was able to equalise, leaving both teams tied 3-3.

Shortly after FNB NWU were awarded another penalty and Schalk Hugo managed to convert and FNB NWU were 6-3 ahead.

After 15 minutes of play FNB UJ managed to find the try line through Jaco Fourie, but after a TMO referral the try was disallowed due to a forward pass, leaving FNB NWU ahead 6-3. FNB UJ’s misfortune continued when Jeanluc Cilliers was unable to convert a penalty after 22 minutes.

FNB NWU scored the first try of the match in the corner through Evardi Boshoff and Schalk Hugo was successful in is conversion attempt, leaving FNB UJ chasing FNB NWU 13-3.

A minute later Dean Gordon dived in the opposite corner and after another TMO referral, the try was awarded. Schalk Hugo’s conversion was unsuccessful but FNB NWU were still 18-3 ahead with ten minutes to play in the first half. Going into half time the score remained 18-3 to FNB NWU.

The second half got off to a slow start, with two FNB UJ players being stretchered off in the first ten minutes. After 58 minutes FNB UJ got their first try of the game through their captain Jannes Snyman, however Jeanluc Cilliers missed the conversion, leaving FNB UJ chasing a 10-point deficit.

FNB NWU were the first team to use their Power Play, opting to send off Jan-Louis le Grange and Austic-Marc Davids, but were unable to get any further ahead during the three minutes.

FNB UJ used their Power Play next and sent off Tapiwe Mafura and Nkosana Mathaba. During the three minutes Adriaan Bester found the try line for FNB UJ and Jeanluc Cilliers successfully converted, leaving FNB UJ trailing by only 3 points.

In the dying seconds of the game FNB UJ almost got the breakthrough they needed through a try, but a TMO referral confirmed that no try was scored. After a very intense 80 minutes, FNB NWU emerged victorious 18-15.

FNB Player That Rocks: Tapiwe Mafura (FNB NWU)

 Evardi Boshoff (1), Dean Gordon (1)
Cons: Schalk Hugo (1)
Pens: Schalk Hugo (2)

FNB UJ: 15
 Jannes Snyman (1), Adriaan Bester (1)
Cons: Jeanluc Cilliers (1)
Pens: Jeanluc Cilliers (1)

FNB Maties made it four wins from four after beating FNB CUT 75-12 in Stellenbosch on Monday evening.

FNB Maties went into the clash on Monday evening hoping to make it four from four wins in Varsity Cup 2018 – and that they did. FNB CUT were looking to build on their impressive victory over FNB Madibaz last week and certainly, FNB CUT made the home team work for their victory. The opening five minutes belonged to FNB CUT and rightfully so they were first on the board through a well worked try which found the hands of fullback Dimitrio Tieties.

For FNB Maties, it was a frustrating opening period with passes not sticking and a mounting penalty count. Inside 12 minutes the visiting FNB CUT team found themselves 12-0 up through winger Masego Toolo. FNB Maties had to mount a comeback of sorts and indeed they were next to score. Lock Brandon Valentyn powered through the FNB CUT defensive line and found Duncan Saal in support who scored under the posts and FNB Maties were immediately back in the game 12-9 going into the first strategy break.

The somewhat new-look FNB Maties team struggled for coherence and accuracy – at least in the first half. Indeed, had they been more clinical, they could have scored three more tries in the opening 30 minutes. Eventually FNB Maties would lead for the first time in the game just after the half hour mark through Marno Redelinghuys. That lead, FNB Maties would not relinquish.

Indeed, by halftime, FNB Maties had put their horror show behind them and were well and truly on course for their fourth victory of the campaign. Edwill van der Merwe scored a try on the stroke of halftime while inside centre Chris Smit scored within the first minute of the second half to all but seal the victory for FNB Maties. What made matters worse for FNB CUT was that the Maroon Machine were hurting them with a series of seven-pointers from which, FNB CUT would have no reply.

Eighth-man Redelinghuys rounded off his hat-trick for FNB Maties in the 67th minute and in so doing sealed his second FNB Player that Rocks award in as many games. Tries from Brendon Nell and Stephan Streicher completed the scoring rout for FNB Maties

FNB Player That Rocks: Marno Redelinghuys (FNB Maties)

FNB Maties: 75

Tries: Duncan Saal; Marno Redelinghuys (3); Edwill van der Merwe; Chris Smit; Reinhardt Fortuin; Brendon Nell; Stephan Streicher
Conversions: Reinhardt Fortuin (7); Chris Smit

Tries: Dimitrio Tieties; Masego Toolo
Conversions: Heinrich Bitzi


FNB Wits managed to hold onto a very narrow victory against a brave FNB Madibaz side looking for their first win of the campaign.


FNB NMU took a narrow first half lead of 20-18, through tries from Justin Hollis and substitute, Ruben Le Roux and keeping the pressure on with two conversions and two penalties from Simon Bolze. FNB Wits kept up with the pace in the first half with two tries of their own from Constant Beckerling and a seven-point try from Daniel Kapepula, along with the conversions for each.

Both sides took their Power Plays in the first half but neither side managed to capitalise on their two-man advantage. FNB Wits came out in the second half on a mission but couldn’t convert all their possession besides a solitary try from Cecil Conradie to lead 20-23 before the strategy break at 60 mins.

After the strat break, they came out strong to score another seven-point try with the conversion to lead 32-20 before FNB Madibaz came back with a seven-point try of their own. And although they fought hard in the end to try take the win, the defence of the away side did enough to hold on to the tight win.

FNB Madibaz lock Henry Brown walked away with the FNB Player That Rocks award for his strong performance in the forwards for the losing side.

FNB Player That Rocks: Henry Brown (FNB Madibaz)

FNB Madibaz: 29
: Justin Hollis, Ruben Le Roux, Wynand Grassmann
Con: Simon Bolze (2), Henrique Olivier
Pen: Simon Bolze (2)

FNB Wits: 32
: Constant Beckerling, Daniel Kapepula, Cecil Conradie, Lwazi Monakali
Con: Christian Humphries (3)

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