Never a dull moment when it comes to Varsity Cup rugby on a Monday night.
We had Shimlas running away with UWC in their first match of the season, UJ and Tuks match postpone till Tuesday due to load-shedding and Maties putting 60 past UCT at the Green Mile.
Maties was clinical on attack scoring 11 tries to the one of UCT on Monday night.
There was clear signs of the champions side we saw last year lift the trophy.
They dominate UCT from the get go and starve them from the ball and ball to play with.
Chris Smit showed yet again the quality he has as a player not just in his general play but also creating opportunities.
Young flyhalf, Chait is also getting into his stride making the number 10 jumper his own.
Maties was just that good on the night and anything UCT tried just did not work and it got worst as the game went on.
UCT – Tries: Nyasha Tarusenga.
Maties – Tries: Duncan Saal, Cornel Smit (3), Stephan Streicher, Edwill van der Merwe, Johan Momsen, Reinhardt Fortuin, Sesink-Clee Jordan, Johann van Niekerk.
Conversion: Jordan Chait (2), Fortuin (5).
FNB Shimlas only started their campaign on Monday when they traveled to the Cape to face FNB UWC.
Although it was a close affair in the first half, Shimlas showed their quality when they pulled away in the second half.
They got a bonus point win of 47-25 at the end and full value for it.
Shimlas did get off to a great start but it seemed that UWC could keep in touch with the men from Bloemfontein.
They even took the lead through a few penalties but Shimlas hit back with a try to re-take the lead.
A passage ensued that saw both sides not giving an inch at the breakdown. FNB Shimlas look set to convert some valuable possession and territory into points. Cupido intercepted the ball from deep inside FNB UWC 22, resulting a foot race which the flyhalf won, diving over under the crossbar for a 7-point try. Hendricks added the extras, 20-14.
It seemed like the lead would remain with the hosts, as the first half drew to a close. However, it was men from Bloemfontein that had the final say. Sibabalo Qoma crashed over from close proximity which Taylor converted handing FNB Shimlas a slender one-point 20-21 lead at halftime.
The hosts were pinned back on several occasions, in the second half, resulting in FNB Shimlas gaining the upper-hand on the scoreboard. Three unanswered tries along with a single conversion meant the visitors took a 20-point lead heading into the last quarter of the game.
Compounding matters for the 2018 FNB Varsity Shield champions two players – Reece Bocks and Justin Theys – was sent to the Afkoelstoel (sin bin) minutes apart. Meaning that FNB UWC played with 13 men for nearly five minutes as the players’ sanctions overlapped.
First to score was Janco Cloete muscling through a few FNB UWC defenders en route to scoring the visitors fourth and bonus point try which Taylor converted, 20-28. Boshoff got his second 5-point try while a bustling run up the sideline resulted in captain Henk Pretorius rounding off FNB Shimlas’ second 7-point try. The visitors taking a commanding 20-40 lead.
Some brilliant footwork from last week’s Steers Kinging Moment player, Tristan Leyds, saw Andre Manuel dot down for FNB UWC’s third try. This was soon cancelled out by Qoma’s second 5-point try, which Taylor converted. Final score 25-47.
FNB UWC: 25
Tries: Clayton Daniels (5 point try), Aidynn Cupido (7 point try), Andre Manuel (7 point try)
Con: Lyle Hendricks
Pens: Hendricks (2)
Yellow Cards: Reece Bocks, Justin Theys
FNB Shimlas: 47
Tries: Sechaba Matsoele (7 point try), Marnus Boshoff (5 point try), Sibabalo Qoma (5 point try), Janco Cloete (5 point try), Marnus Boshoff (5 point try), Henk Pretorius (7 point try), Sibabalo Qoma (5 point try)
Cons: Justin Taylor (4)
Yellow Card: Janco Cloete
FNB Wits got their first win when they beat FNB CUT 25-15at the Wits Rugby Stadium in Johannesburg.
The game was also paused midway through the second half, with the threat of lightning in the horizon. However, that could not stop the hosts powering to their first victory of the campaign, after having suffered a defeat at the hands of champions, the FNB Maties in Stellenbosch in Round One.
The match got underway with both sides having to take unique approaches in their game plans, with the rain bucketing down right from the start, making it really difficult to hold on to the ball. However, it took FNB Wits just 10 minutes to cross the white wash, after winger Kwanele Ngema received a cross kick on the right hand side of the pitch, to beat a few FNB CUT defenders on his way to dotting down.
FNB Wits flyhalf Chris Humphries unfortunately failed to add the extra 2 and the Witsies led 5-0. The rest of the half saw the kickers trade kicks, with FNB CUT’s inside centre Heinrich Bitzi slotting two penalties, whilst FNB Wits’ Humphries put away one to see the hosts lead 8-6 at the break.
The second half saw the rain continue to give the surface extra grease, with handling errors causing a headache for the referee, who often had to blow his whistle breaking the game’s continuity. FNB CUT did hit out first in the half, again through a penalty slotted by Bitzi’s boot to see the men from Bloemfontein take the lead for the very first time in the match, with the score at 8-9.
FNB Wits hit back very quickly, just under a minute later through the silky movement of speedster Kapepulo Kasende, who from close range wormed his way past a stern FNB CUT defence to dash over in the corner, taking the score to 13-9. FNB CUT replied in quick succession through the boot of Heinrich Bitzi, who sent through two penalty attempts, giving the men from the Free State the lead once again at 15-13.
Play was then halted for a few moments, with the thunderstorm threatening to kill off the game as the players had to be pulled off the pitch for safety. When play did eventually resume moments later, speedster Kwanele Ngema made it a brace with another unconverted try for the Witsies. The game ended with FNB Wits getting a bonus-point try, but this time it was a penalty try, seeing the hosts run out 25-15 winners, and scoring four tries in the process.
Steers Kinging Moment: Kwanele Ngema (FNB Wits)
FNB Player That Rocks: Justin Brandon (FNB Wits)
FNB Wits: 25
Tries: Kwanele Ngema (2), Kapepula Bin Kasende
Penalties: Chris Humphries (1)
FNB CUT: 15
Penalties: Heinrich Bitzi (5)
UJ V Tuks game postponed till Tuesday due to load-shedding.
The game will now take place at 2pm on Tuesday