Varsity Cup Wrap – Maties secure home semi


Maties have secure a home semi final after beating the Madibaz 19-0 on Monday.

FNB Maties took an early lead through a try from lock Johan Momsen, along with the conversion from Chris Smith.

FNB Madibaz managed to gain some control over the game, creating chances for themselves. But two more FNB Maties tries before half time from Logan Boonzaaier and Munier Hartzenberg respectively, was too much for FNB Madibaz to catch up to before play was ended.

Eight minutes into the second half, the game was stopped due to pitch invasion. The final score for was FNB Maties 19, FNB Madibaz 0.

With FNB Maties winning 19-0 when the game was called off, the men from Stellenbosch take four points for the win, which cements a home semi-final for the Stellenbosch side.

FNB Madibaz: 0

FNB Maties: 19
Tries: Johan Momsen, Logan Boonzaaier and Munier Hartzenberg
Cons: Chris Smith (2)

FNB Shimlas proved to be no competition for FNB NWU, who sealed their fifth victory of the season after winning 58-21 at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds.

FNB NWU got the game off to a great start, with Dean Gordon scoring a seven-point try within the first two minutes of the game, putting FNB NWU 9-0 ahead.

After 15 minutes of play FNB Shimlas managed to get their first points on the board through a try by Albertus de Bod. Lubabalo Dobela managed the conversion, leaving his team trailing by two points going into the first strategy break.

Evardi Boshoff was his elusive self, sliding past the FNB Shimlas defence and finding the try line. Hugo missed the conversion but FNB NWU were still 14-7 ahead. Tiaan Bezuidenhout came from the blind side of a scrum to find the try line, scoring for FNB NWU and Hugo had no problem slotting an extra two points.

Chriswill September scored a sensational seven-point try and FNB NWU’s bonus-point try right under the poles, making it easier for Hugo to convert. Going into half time, FNB NWU led 30-7. Schalk Hugo marshalled play to set up AK Nela’s try right under the poles, putting the score at 37-7 for FNB NWU after 50 minutes of play.

FNB Shimlas’ misery continued when Albertus de Bod was sin-binned for foul play and Louis van der Westhuizen added another try to FNB NWU’s tally, but Hugo missed the conversion. With five minutes left to play, Mafura got a try in the corner after having his first try ruled out by a TMO referral.  Hugo kicked a tight conversion, leaving FNB Shimlas chasing 49-21.

In the dying minutes of the game, Jimmy Mpailane outpaced FNB Shimlas and scored the last try of the game. Hugo managed yet another tight conversion, leaving the final score at 58-21 for FNB NWU.

FNB Player That Rocks: Schalk Hugo (FNB NWU).

: Dean Gordon (1), Evardi Boshoff (1). Tiaan Bezuidenhout (1), Chriswill September (1), AK Nela (1), Louis van der Westhuizen (1), Tapiwe Mafura (1), Jimmy Mpailane (1).
Cons: Schalk Hugo (6)

FNB Shimlas: 21
: Albertus de Bod (1), Athi Halom (1), Francois Agenbug (1).
Cons: Lubabalo Dobela (2).
Yellow: Albertus de Bod

The encounter was bound to be an exciting one, but for a change with FNB Wits going into the game as favourites and sitting in second spot on the log. FNB UJ were not too far behind in fourth position.

The game got underway with the visitors FNB UJ showing that form going into a local derby indeed goes out of the window. They got out of the starting blocks really quickly, showing intent really early to ask FNB Wits questions early on. The FNB UJ efforts were rewarded very quickly, when they managed to cross over for two quick tries to take a 14-0 lead thanks to winger Odwa Nkunjana and flanker James Venter.

Kobus Engelbrecht also added the extra two points on both occasions with the boot. The hosts then finally got into the game, with a try of their own, when FNB Wits hooker CJ Conradie picked the ball up from close range to bash his way over for an unconverted try and take the score to 14-5. The rest of the half saw the two sides going at each other, with both eventually adding a try each, with FNB UJ converting theirs, whilst the Witsies failed with theirs and the two sides went into the interval with score at 21-10 in favour of FNB UJ.

The second half saw the home side get an early edge over their crosstown rivals, when they scored a converted try thank to Conor Brockschmidt off a driving maul, that Chris Humphries managed to convert and take the score to 21-17 to FNB UJ. The boys in blue, continued to try surge forward and gain a lead but simple mistakes were letting them down.

FNB UJ on the other side kept their discipline and added a try thanks to Jan-Louis La Grange, who caught the ball in the FNB Wits 22-metre area and run straight through due to FNB UJ having an overlap. The last moments of the game then saw the Orange Army of FNB UJ keep a tight defence and add three points from a penalty. That was enough for FNB UJ to give the Witsies their first home defeat of the season and earn themselves the bragging rights in Johannesburg.

FNB Player That Rocks: Odwa Nkunjana (FNB UJ)

FNB Wits: 17
: CJ Conradie, Conor Brockschmidt
Cons: Chris Humphries

FNB UJ: 29
: Odwa Nkunjana (2), James Venter, Jan-Louis La Grange
Cons: Kobus Engelbrecht (3)
Pens: Kobus Engelbrecht

FNB UP-Tuks ran in eight tries to FNB CUT’s four in a game where the men from Pretoria were finally allowed to express themselves with ball in hand. The victory propels FNB UP-Tuks into seventh on the Varsity Cup log. They leapfrog FNB Madibaz and the evening’s opposition FNB CUT and for now, escape the relegation zone and the embarrassment of going from title winners to Varsity Shield contenders.

The loss means that FNB CUT are damned to eighth on the table and considering their recent form, probably means they will be contesting not to be relegated to the Varsity Shield.

The men from Bloemfontein did score four tries in the clash though meaning they at least walk away with a consolation bonus point, with means they sit on six points with a three-point buffer between the last-placed FNB Madibaz. The home side scored through Joseph Karabo, Ruan Smit, Ruan Wasserman and Ruben De Haas.

The Tshwane locals were treated to a try-fest with Tyler Fisher, Ruan Nortje and FNB UP-Tuks captain Eduan Lubbe all grabbing a brace with Cameron Hufke and Marnus Potgieter getting once each.

FNB Player That Rocks: Eduan Lubbe (FNB Tuks)

 Joseph Karabo, Ruan Smit, Ruan Wasserman, Ruben De Haas
Conversions: Denver Kleu (2)

FNB UP-Tuks: 54
 Tyler Fisher 2, Eduan Lubbe 2, Ruan Nortje 2,Cameron Huffke, Marnus Potgieter
Conversions: Christo Hammen 6

Pos Team Pld Pts
1  FNB Maties 7 31
2  FNB NWU 6 25
3  FNB Wits 7 23
4 laughl2S3xHz” /> FNB UJ 6 21
5  FNB Ikeys 6 15
6  FNB Shimlas 6 14
7  FNB Tuks 6 7
8  FNB CUT 6 6
9  FNB Madibaz 6 3

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