After eight rounds of matches FNB Tuks and FNB Maties will fight it out next Monday for the championship.
At the end not many can complain as the two best teams in this years competition got through to the final. Maties went unbeaten throughout the season and Tuks only lost to Maties in round 3 and draw with UCT in round 8.
We have seen so many times the north and south clashes even way before Varsity Cup and this one will be another cracker of a game.
In the history of Varsity Cup, Maties have won the tournament four times and Tuks were champions three times.
As it has been throughout the years these two teams brings the best out of each other and Maties have the advantage to play in front of their passionate and noisy crowd as well.
Tuks had to fight hard on Monday night to hold off the challenge from Pukke when they beat them at home 24-18 while Maties swept Shimlas of the park in their semi final beating the Bloemfontein outfit 47-5.
The only real resistance Maties had this year was against Tuks in Pretoria which just spell out epic final for us.
Although Maties may be regarded as favourites, I can assure you that Tuks will come to the Danie Craven Stadium to take the title away from Maties.
They will not need much to motivate them against the old rivals as history has proven it time and time again.
Varsity Cup has been brilliant this year and we have seen how rich South Africa is with the talent that was display throughout the competition from all the teams involved.
Varsity Cup has been a great stepping stone for many players to reach the highest honours in the country and we are sure that many of the names we came to hear during this season will be household names in the future.
There are so many players who are household names today that started their career at Varsity Cup.
Just to name a few …….Trevor Nyakane (CUT 2011-2012) Malcolm Marx (UJ 2013) Vincent Koch (Tuks 2012) Eben Etzebeth (UCT 2011) Franco Mostert (Tuks 2010-2012) Jaco Kriel (UJ 2012) Nizaam Carr (UCT 2011) Oupa Mohoje (Shimlas 2011-2014) Rudy Paige (UJ 2011-2012) Handré Pollard (Tuks 2013) Aphiwe Dyantyi (UJ 2017) Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Tuks 2014) Juan de Jongh (Maties 2008) Seabelo Senatla (CUT 2012) Curwin Bosch (UKZN 2016) Bongi Mbonambi (TUT and Tuks 2013), Coenie Oosthuizen (Shimlas 2008), Wilco Louw (Tuks Young Guns 2013), Lood de Jager (NWU 2012), Uzair Cassiem (UWC 2012), Nic Groom (UCT 2011), Andries Coetzee (Tuks 2011), Damian de Allende (UCT 2012)
This year saw some great players coming out again and players from Maties and Tuks that caught the eye for me was Anton Du Toit(Maties), Munier Harzenberg(Maties), Chris Smit(Maties), Jordan Chait(Maties), Tinus de Beer(Tuks), Ciaran Dayaram(Tuks), Johan Grobbelaar(Tuks), Hanru Sirgel(Tuks) and Etienne Janeke(Tuks).
One thing is for sure, Monday night will be an epic battle between these two teams and we are in for a treat.
Semi Final Results
FNB UP-Tuks: 24 – FNB NWU: 18
FNB Maties: 47 – FNB Shimlas: 5