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Varsity Cup Wrap – Wits keep winning as Maties klap CUT

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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)

Scores
FNB UCT: 27
Tries: 
Nyasha Tarusenga, Cuan Hablutzel (2), Duncan Saffy
Cons: Karl Martin
Pens: Karl Martin

FNB Shimlas: 32
Tries: 
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)

Scores
FNB NWU: 18
Tries:
 Evardi Boshoff (1), Dean Gordon (1)
Cons: Schalk Hugo (1)
Pens: Schalk Hugo (2)

FNB UJ: 15
Tries:
 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)

Scores
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

FNB CUT: 12
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)

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

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

Preview Varsity Cup

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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.”

Teams
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
Kick-off: 18h30
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.”

Teams
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
Kick-off:
 18h30
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.

Teams
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.

Teams
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.

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Maties stay unbeaten with win over Tuks

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Maties had to work hard to get the win over last years Champions Tuks on Monday night in the Varsity Cup.

Thanks to a great try from Chris Massyn Maties pulled ahead and took the win 24-16 in Stellenbosch.

The teams matched up evenly and it took a good 19 minutes for the first points to be scored in the game when De Beer kicked a penalty.

It was a ding-dong battle throughout but it was Tuks who took the lead 16-14 at the break.

Tuks defence was brilliant throughout and Maties struggled to get through.

That defensive wall would eventually be penetrated through in the 59th minute as Chris Massyn scored for the home side to give them a 21-16 lead. Chris Smith’s 80th minute penalty all but sealed the game for FNB Maties.

With the clock running down, both teams looked to keep possession and wind the clock down, yet, in the end it would be FNB Maties who added their third victory of the campaign while keeping FNB Tuks winless in the process.

FNB Player That Rocks: Marno Redelinghuys (FNB Maties)

Cards: Ernst van Rhyn (FNB Maties); Marco van Staden (FNB Tuks)

Scores
FNB Maties:    24
Tries
: Johan Momsen; Chris Massyn
Cons: Chris Smith(2)
Pens: Chris Smith

FNB Tuks:       16
Tries
: Willem Strydom
Cons: Tinus de Beer
Pens: Tinus de Beer (3)

In other matches………

FNB Shimlas defeat FNB Wits 44-24 in the third round of the FNB Varsity Cup in Bloemfontein at Xerox Shimla Park.

Both teams started off with basic rugby and displayed solid defence. FNB Shimlas crossed the tryline first in the seventh minute when flyhalf Nicolaas Naude scored and converted his own try to open FNB Shimlas’ account 7-0. FNB Wits answered with a clinical try in the 11th minute as hooker Cecil Conradie went over for a five-pointer to bring the score to 7-5.

FNB Wits scored their second try when winger Kasende Kapepula charged down off the FNB Shimlas flyhalf to score a try, while flyhalf Christiaan Humpries converted the to put FNB Wits in the lead 7- 12. With consistent pressure by the FNB Shimlas, they managed to level the score on half time with a five-point try as Janco Cloete dotted over.

FNB Shimlas began the second half with a bang and regained their lead with a seven-pointer in the 42nd minute, as centre Sango Xamleshe crossed the tryline and Naude converted to take the lead 21-12 for FNB Shimlas. But they weren’t done and scored their bonus-point try in the 45th minute, another nine-pointer, when lock Henk Pretorius went over. Naude converted to take the score to 30-12 for FNB Shimlas.

FNB Wits made a comeback with good set play and scored in 58th minute, thanks to Conor Brockschmidt who rounded off to take the score to 35-17 with FNB Shimlas still in the lead. But FNB Shimlas stretched their lead again, to 35-17. FNB Wits was not done and the winger Kasende Kapepule scored his second try, converted by Humpries to take their final score to 24 points.

FNB Shimlas, however, had the last say when flanker Menzi Nhlabathi crossed the goal line for a seven-pointer to secure a confident win for the FNB Shimlas, 44-24.

Nicolaas Naude had a great day at the office with eighteen points scored and was awarded the FNB Player That Rocks.

FNB Player That Rocks:  Nicolaas Naude (FNB Shimlas)

Scores
FNB Shimlas: 44

Tries: Nicolaas Naude (2) Janco Cloete, Sango Xamleshe (7-point) Henk Pretorius (7-point) Menzi Nhlabathi (7-point)
Cons: Nicolaas Naude (4)

FNB Wits: 24
Tries: Cecil Conradie, Kasende Kapepula (2), Conor Brockschmidt
Cons: Christiaan Humpries (2)

FNB CUT Ixias recorded only their second Varsity Cup win ever, as they ran out close victors over FNB Madibaz 38-37.

Both sides scored five tries apiece, earning themselves a bonus point in the match, while FNB Madibaz earned two. They led 22 – 15 at the break. Both packs played their hearts out and the fight among the forwards was tremendous. The backlines of both teams are famous for moving from thrill to thrill and today was no exception.

FNB Madibaz took an early lead through a penalty by Simon Bolze, followed by a Gerrit Huisamen try. Heinrich Bitzi pulled it back for FNB CUT with a penalty, but Henry Brown extended FNB Madibaz’s lead with a seven-point try as the match was already alive in the 20th minute.

The lead exchanged hands every few minutes until the break, when FNB Madibaz led 22-15. The second half was much the same, but FNB CUT came to life in the 50th minute, and scored the next two tries to regain the lead.

With 10 minutes to play FNB Madibaz’s Wynand Grassmann scored, to take back the lead, but FNB CUT hit back immediately through a seven-point try scored by LP Heymans. A late try by Jordan Koekemoer was almost enough for FNB Madibaz, but the conversion was missed and FNB CUT sealed a 38-37 victory.

FNB CUT hooker Tiaan Erasmus, who scored two tries, along with his general superb play in the tight and loose phases, earned himself the FNB Player That Rocks title.

Flyhalf Simon Bolze was the general in the FNB Madibaz team, while lock Gerrit Huisamen scored two tries as well.

FNB Player That Rocks: Tiaan Erasmus (FNB CUT)

Scores
FNB CUT: 38
Tries:
 Tiaan Erasmus (2), Stefan van Schalkwyk, Rayno Nel, LP Heymans
Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (4)
Pen: Bitzi (1)

FNB Madibaz: 37
Tries:
 Gerrit Huisamen (2), Henry Brown, Wynand Grassmann, Jordan Koekemoer
Cons: Simon Bolze (2)
Pens: Bolze (2)

Other Scorers
FNB Ikeys 18 –   FNB NWU
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  FNB Maties 3 14
2  FNB Wits 3 10
3  FNB Ikeys 3 9
4  FNB Shimlas 3 9
5  FNB NWU 2 6
6 laughl2S3xHz” width=”47″ height=”38″ /> FNB UJ 2 5
7  FNB CUT 3 5
8  FNB Madibaz 2 2
9  FNB Tuks 3 2

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Varsity Cup Round 3

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FNB CUT Ixias wary of ‘dangerous’ FNB Madibaz backline
FNB CUT Ixias will look to claim their first win when they return to Bloemfontein to host FNB Madibaz. Tiaan Liebenberg’s men have lost both of their opening games, by big results after taking a wholloping against FNB NWU, 70-7 and then against FNB UJ, losing 48-21.

FNB CUT conceded 15 tries in two games and only managed to score two tries. Liebenberg believes that despite their losses his side showed great signs against their latest game against FNB UJ and will try to perpetuate those strengths in their next game.

“The two losses that we took was obviously against two of the best sides in the competition and I feel we were in the game against FNB UJ. There was a lot of positives that we took out of that game and we will definitely build on the confidence the team took from that. We will not change a lot, but I do think we need to execute better if we want to have a chance against a very good FNB Madibaz side.”

FNB Madibaz will look to claim their first win of the game when they take on FNB CUT in Bloemfontein on Monday. The men from Port Elizabeth put in a spirted shift last week against a determined FNB UCT side but were bested on the day losing 27-17. They scored one less try than their Western rivals. Both Simon Bolze and Siphumelele Msutwana’s were exhilarating to watch while the backline was supported by a strong performance from the forwards.

FNB Madibaz boss David Maidza believes his side needs to improve their all-round performance to beat FNB CUT, but that all their faults can be fixed at practice.

“Our set pieces did not give us a solid platform to play from and credit to FNB UCT for putting us under pressure especially at scrums. We had our chances but did not finish off those opportunities to score. But there was a great effort from the boys, all the work-ons are items that we can handle going forward and stay focused because I believe the game could have gone either way.”

Kick-off: 16h45
Venue: CUT Stadium
Live on SuperSport 1

Teams
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, 8 Gerhardus Nel, 7 Rayno Nel (captain), 6 Ruan Smit, 5 Brendon Fortuin, 4 Sylvester Makakole, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster
Replacements: 16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Isiah Bila, 20 Arne van Rensburg, 21 Tiisetso Madonsela, 22 Karabo Maqeba, 23 Johannes Nel

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 Maties will have a score to settle when they host FNB Tuks on Monday.
FNB Maties will look to make it three from three when they host the current-title holders UP-Tuks at Danie Craven Stadium on Monday.

FNB Maties have been on a roll this season after dispatching FNB UJ 31-3 in their first round and 56-21 in their second round against FNB Shimlas.

The Stellenbosch-based university has scored 11 tries in just two games, blowing their opponents away with winger Duncan Saal scoring five tries this season, picking up the FNB Player that Rocks award twice, and scored a hat-trick in his most recent game against FNB Shimlas.

Monday’s clash serves as a repeat of last year’s final where FNB UP-Tuks showed character to hold off FNB Maties to win the tenth instalment of the competition 28-21 at the Tuks Rugby Stadium which will add extra spice to the bout.

It’s not the start FNB UP-Tuks coach David Manuel would have dreamt of taking over as coach of the Pretoria side after two consecutive losses. Their first defeat came against FNB Shimlas 19-17 at home in the rain and then to FNB Wits 25-19 in Johannesburg.

It’s understandable though, considering the transitional period the team is going through. FNB UP-Tuks has a new coach, new captain and a largely different side with many players leaving after their FNB Varsity Cup title victory in 2017.

With many stars among their ranks, including captain Denzil Hill at flank, number 10 Tinus de Beer and winger Xolisa Guma, they are far from down and out and should have the potential to get a few victories down the line and will aim to shock FNB Maties at home.

Guma and outside centre Toko Seerane have been star performers in the early phase of their campaign with Guma and Seerane scoring in both games with the former picking up a brace in FNB UP-Tuks’s clash with FNB Wits.

Kick-off: 19h00
Venue: Danie Craven Stadium
Live on SuperSport 1

Teams
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 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Johan Fouche, 2 Arnoldi Wilmar, 1 Chippie Oelofse (captain)
Replacements: 16 Hendrik Luus, 17 Ricky Nwagbara, 18 Piet Strauss, 19 Brandon Valentyn, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Elden Schoeman, 23 Munier Hartzenberg

FNB UP-Tuks Starting XV: 15 Willem Strydom, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Seerane, 12 Erich Cronje, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Theo Maree, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Denzel Hill (captain), 6 Jacobus Smit, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel
Replacements: 16 Cornelius Els, 17 Mashao Mukhari, 18 Marius Verwey, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Divan Rossouw, 22 Tyler Fisher, 23 Wesley Adonis

FNB UCT Ikeys look to build on FNB Madibaz win
FNB UCT Ikeys are looking build on their win against FNB Madibaz last week when they host FNB NWU in Cape Town on Monday.

FNB UCT were defeated by a determined FNB Wits side in their opening game of the tournament but defeated FNB Madibaz 27-17 in Port Elizabeth the following week, after an incredibly dominant showing from their forwards, often scrummaging the home side off the ball.

FNB UCT coach Christiaan Esterhuizen believes their win against FNB Madibaz gave his side the confidence they needed.

“A win obviously builds confidence and creates a little bit of belief in the squad. After some silly errors in last 10 mins against FNB Wits which cost us the game, the win proved to the guys that if they stay focussed for 80 minutes and manage the game better, they can win more matches.”

FNB NWU look to get their season back on track after a bye last week. The Potchefstroom-based side caused waves in the opening round after obliterating FNB CUT 70-7 at the Fanie du Toit Sportsgrounds. FNB NWU coach Jonathan Mokuena’s side made a real statement after seemingly scoring tries at will, and eventually put nine past FNB CUT. Winger Dean Gordon and flank Estehan Visagie were the stars of the show after a grabbing a brace each.

FNB NWU will now make their first trip away to take on FNB UCT. Both sides have been touted as having strong forward packs, so the clash up front could be the deciding factor in the fixture. After putting a cricket score past FNB CUT, Mokuena says his side remain focussed on the task at hand.

“It was easy keeping the boys grounded,” said the former Blitzbok captain, “I went old school on them by drilling them like in the old days. I must say I’m happy with the response.”

Mokuena believes they will have to be wary of FNB UCT’s forward pack and defensive systems.

“FNB UCT has a strong pack, strong set phases, a strong defensive system and they like to throw the ball around. We know that we will have to be at our best in all facets of the game. They draw a lot of energy from their forwards.”

Kick-off: 18h30
Venue: UCT Rugby Fields

Teams
FNB UCT-Ikeys Starting XV:
 15 Khanyo Ngcukana, 14 Karl Martin, 13 Liam Furniss, 12 Joel Smith, 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 Deejee Putter, 21 Brandon Salomo, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwilanji Chibale

FNB NWU Starting XV: 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Dean Gordon, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Henko Marais, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout (captain), 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Siphesihle Mngadi, 1 Matimu Manganyi
Replacements: 16 Chucky van der Westhuizen, 17 Nelius Theron, 18 Theodore Ferreira, 19 Jaco Swanepoel, 20 Wandile Mazibuko, 21 Nkosana Mathaba, 22 AK Nela, 23 Jimmy Mpailane

FNB Shimlas backs young side at home
FNB Shimlas will look to bounce back against FNB Wits when the Bloemfontein-based side plays their first game at home this season.

The men in blue looked ripe and ready to unseat FNB Maties after beating FNB UP-Tuks 19-17 at a cold and wet Tuks Rugby Stadium in the first round. It was a different story in Stellenbosch where FNB Shimlas leaked a whopping seven tries to go down 56-21 against a ruthless FNB Maties side.

FNB Shimlas coach Hendro Scholtz admitted the defeat was tough on his young squad but explained that playing at home will be all the motivation they need for the next clash against FNB Wits.

“Yes, it’s never nice to lose. I think we played well at times. We gave away possession to easily and FNB Maties scored three seven-point tries from it. We’ve got a young side, so it’s never difficult to motivate the players and home-field advantage is huge. I know that other teams don’t like to travel to Bloemfontein, so we must use that.”

Scholtz is wary of the unbeaten and confident FNB Wits side.

“They have had two good wins now, so are on a high. We just must keep to our structures and hold on to the ball.”

FNB Wits coach Hugo van As isn’t celebrating yet after his side’s two impressive wins. The Braamfontein-based side accomplished two great victories after defeating FNB UCT in Cape Town in their first round and then 2017 FNB Varsity Cup Champions FNB UP-Tuks in Johannesburg in the second round.

FNB Wits have proved to be a multi-faceted force this season. The men from Jozi possess a powerful set of forwards led by inspirational captain Constant Beckerling and a potent backline armed with accomplished finishers, Kwanele Ngema and Kasende Kapepula on the wings.

If Van As’s men can claim a three-from-three record, it will provide them with a valuable points cushion for the rest of the competition. But the FNB Wits boss believes his side still has a mountain to climb.

“We are currently on two wins, and are obviously very grateful for the starting record, but are fully aware that we have achieved very little. No team has ever won or lost something with two wins, we are in week three of the campaign and still face huge challenges as a group.”

Kick-off: 18h30
Venue: XEROX Shimla Park

Teams
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 Christoffel Roelofse, 21 Zinedene Booysen, 22 Ayabonga Oliphant, 23 Tiaan Schutte

FNB Wits Starting XV: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Sicelo Champion, 12 Adriaan van Blerk, 11 Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Jethro de Lange, 6 Justin Brandon, 5 Dawid Bodenstein, 4 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt 3 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams
Replacements: 16 Christopher Worthington, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Sipho Siboza, 19 Kyle Wesemann, 20 Manqoba Mbatha, 21 Lwazi Monakali, 22 Luyolo Qinela, 24 Constant Beckerling*

Wits passionate captain does it again

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One of the more passionate captains you will ever see on a rugby field

We first met him last year also after a memorable win over Pukke

Watch Wits captain Constant Beckerling’s passionate post-match interview after their 25-19 win against Tuks in the Varsity Cup of this week

 

 

Tuks still without a win as Maties lash Shimlas

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Week two of Varsity Cup gave us another surprise when Wits made it two out of two and beaten defending champions Tuks at home.

This is the second defeat for Tuks after they lost at home against Shimlas last week leaving them seventh on the log after two weeks of varsity rugby.

Wits came out guns blazing with both teams trying to take control of the match and it was Tuks that got first points on the board when Seerane got through the Wits defence.

After the try Wits immediately requested the Power Play which resulted in Sicelo Champion going over.

This gave Wits a 9-7 lead and they kept the pressure on Tuks which resulted in a great try for Ngema in the corner.

Suddenly Wits where 18-7 in the lead and Tuks had to work hard to get back into the game and onto the scoring board.

Tuks were rewarded with a try just before halftime when Guma went over in the corner to make the scores 18-14 at halftime.

Wits had a great start to the second half with Kapepula scoring another try in the corner showing his speed.

With a lead of 25-14 the game become a hard fought battle between the two team with no one really getting the upper hand.

Guma got over in the corner again for Tuks but Wits were able to hold on to a great victory over Tuks.

FNB Player That Rocks: Tyrone Green (FNB Wits)

Scores
FNB Wits: 25
Tries
: Sicelo Champion, Kwanele Ngema, Kasende Kapepula,
Cons: Christian Humphries (3)

FNB UP-Tuks: 19
Tries
: Toko Seerane, Xolisa Guma x2
Cons: Tinus De Beer

In the earlier game UCT got their first win of the season when they beat MNNU 27-17 at the end.

It was by no means an easy game for UCT as the scoreboard changed hands throughout the match.

UCT won the battle upfront which lay the foundation for the win with the Madibaz struggling in the set pieces.

 

For FNB UCT, they take their first win of the season, as well as an away win which will be vital in this year’s Varsity Cup.

FNB Player That Rocks: Pieter Schoonraad (FNB UCT)

Scores
FNB Madibaz: 17

Tries: Simon Bolze, Siphumelele Msutwana
Con: Simon Bolze
Pen: Simon Bolze (2)

FNB UCT: 27
Tries: Pieter Schoonraad, Nyasha Tarusenga, Cuan Hablutzel
Con: Karl Martin, Lohan Lubbe
Pen: Karl Martin

In a great match between FNB UJ and FNB CUT at the University of Johannesburg Stadium, fans came out in their numbers to hand the home side leverage over a stubborn FNB CUT side as FNB UJ won 48-21.

It was a nervy start from the Orange Army as FNB CUT made their intensions clear. They applied great pressure, making sure that they don’t play in their own half. Heinrich Bitzi had a great kicking game, managing to expose a lot space in the FNB UJ half.

FNB CUT kicked a great penalty to put the Free State side ahead. Bitzi from FNB CUT had another opportunity to make it 0-6 but that wasn’t the case. With FNB CUT not taking their chances, FNB UJ made a break through the captain, Snyman, intercepting a pass from FNB CUT to score the first try for FNB UJ. The fans were soon celebrating Snyman’s exceptional pace.

Overall it was a fairly contested and a real joy to watch. There were great moments from both teams – Heinrich Bitzi’s boot, Johannes Snyman’s pace – it was end-to-end stuff.

Just before the end of first half FNB CUT received a yellow card, also missing an easy try through Heinrich Bitzi, and one could feel the momentum shifting. Jean-Luc Cilliers became clinical in front of the poles, the passing was smooth developing great combinations amongst the team.

In the second half FNB UJ came back guns blazing, aiming to win it for the fans. Mpofu Malembe showed great tenacity to cut through the FNB CUT defence and score an amazing solo try. With the spirits high, Ruan Brown registered another try to put the match out of reach, thanks to Jean-Luc Cilliers with the golden boot. Towards the end FNB UJ looked relaxed and steady, to seal the game 48-21.

Scores
FNB UJ: 48

Tries: Johannes Snyman, Mpofu Malembe, Ruan Brown, Thian Bradley, Jaco Fourie and Kiewit Cohen
Cons: Jean-Luc Cilliers (6)
Pens: Jean-Luc Cilliers

FNB CUT: 21
Tries
: Ruan Smit
Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (3)

Wing Duncan Saal scored a hat-trick of tries as FNB Maties beat FNB Shimlas 56-21 at the Danie Craven stadium on Monday evening

An impressive 15 237 supporters turned up at the Danie Craven stadium for FNB Maties’ first home game of the season and the supporters were treated to a stellar performance by the Maroon Machine. Flank Marno Redelinghuys barged over the line from close range for the home team to score the first of their seven tries. It took only five minutes for FNB Shimlas to hit back, however in the 10th minute to level the scores at 7-7.

It was off a FNB Maties error: FNB Shimlas latched onto a loose ball which would find inside centre Saida Xamlashe who raced to the tryline in the face of a disorganised FNB Maties defence. A second try by FNB Maties via wing Edwill van der Merwe prompted the visiting FNB Shimlas side to call for a Power Play. Both FNB Maties centres were off and yet FNB Shimlas were unable to make their numerical advantage count. In fact, it was FNB Maties who added to their tally with a penalty via the boot of flyhalf Chris Smith for a lead of 17 – 7 after 22 minutes.

FNB Shimlas enjoyed much of the possession after the first strategy break and had the edge on attack, yet in the face of a determined FNB Maties defence, their efforts were found wanting. It would be in the 31st minute of the game where the stadium would be brought to its feet. The home team fed off the visitors’ error. The ball found van der Merwe 5m from his try line who found a racing Duncan Saal, who would sprint 80m for a try in the corner and five minutes later it would be the man in the pink shorts for FNB Maties, Saal again who would score under the posts for a converted try. Saal rounded off his hat-trick in the 68th minute in similar fashion as his second.

FNB Shimlas wing Athi Halom would score a good individual try for his team on the stroke of halftime. His well weighted chip, which he collected and dotted down in the corner was converted to give respectability to the halftime score of 33-14 to the home side.

While a spirited performance from FNB Shimlas in the second half saw them add one try to their half-time tally via Xamlashe, the home team never lost their dominance scoring three tries of their own including one by Smith who took the score to 56-21.

FNB Player That Rocks: Duncan Saal (FNB Maties)

Scores
FNB Maties: 56
Tries
: Marno Redelinghuys; Edwill van der Merwe; Duncan Saal (3); Chippie Oelofse; Chris Smith
Cons: Chris Smith (5); Reinhardt Fortuin
Pens: Chris Smith

FNB Shimlas: 21
Tries: Saida Xamlashe (2); Athi Halom
Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela; Charl Naude (2)

Thanks to VarsityCup

Varsity Cup Round 2

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It is all out action again tonight in the second round or this years Varsity Cup with four matches again.

Madibaz will host UCT in the first match this afternoon being broadcast live on Super Sport 1.

Madibaz was not in action last week with a bye and will want to hit ground running against UCT.

This should be a cracker as UCT narrowly lost against Wits last week which make this a very important away game for them.

The two 18:30 matches are between Maties and Shimlas at the Danie Craven Stadium and UJ v CUT in Johannesburg.

Both Maties and Shimlas won last week in their first round of matches and if you in Stellenbosch you should make your way to the stadium for an exciting match-up.

In the last match of the evening we will see Wits who surprised UCT last week hosting Tuks who suffered a surprising lost themselves at home.

This match will be broadcast on Super Sport 1

Teams:

NMU – 15 Michael Botha, 14 Lindelwe Zungu, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (c), 11 Athi Mayinje, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Wynand Grassman, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Reyno Du Toit, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 1 Nicolas Roebeck.
Subs: 16 Jedwyn Harty, 17 Tembelihle Yase, 18 Luyolo Dapula, 19 Robert Izaks, 20 Lovu Claassen, 21 Henrique Olivier, 22 Jordan Koekemoer, 23 Keegan Branford.

UCT – 15 Karl Martin, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 13 Khanyo Ngcukana, 12 Joel Smith, 11 Sebastian Roodt, 10 Darian Hock, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Josh Moon (c), 6 Liam Greenhalgh, 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Wayrin Losper.
Subs: 16 Josh Van Vuuren, 17 Ashwyn Adams, 18 Ntokozo Khomo, 19 Gary Porter, 20 Kwezi Puza, 21 Pieter Schoonraad, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwilanji Chibale.

Maties – 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 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Johan Fouche, 2 Arnoldi Wilmar, 1 Chippie Oelofse (c).
Subs: 16 Hendrik Luus, 17 Ricky Nwagbara, 18 Piet Strauss, 19 Brandon Valentyn, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Elden Schoeman, 23 Munier Hartzenberg.

Shimlas – 15 Nicholas Naude, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Sango Xamlashe, 11 Gideon Agenbag, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Albertus de Bod, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi, 6 Jan Cloete, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Raymond Woest, 3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Gert Kotze (captain)
Subs: 16 JC Jansen van Vuuren, 17 Wentzel Vorster, 18 Janu Botha, 19 Rholane Ncubuka, 20 Christoffel Roelofse, 21 Zinedene Booysen, 22 Francois Pretorius, 23 Sechaba Matsoele

UJ – 15 Ronald Brown, 14 Tyreeq February, 13 Jan-Louis la Grange, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Tatendaishe Mujawo, 10 Jeanluc Cilliers, 9 Brandley Thain, 8 Wian Conradie, 7 Adriaan Bester, 6 James Venter, 5 Kevin de Randt, 4 Malembe Mpofu, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Jannes Snyman (c), 1 Sibusiso Lali.
Subs: 16 Hendrik van Schoor, 17 Dillon Bakos, 18 Darrien-Lane Landsberg, 19 Dian Schoonees, 20 Johan Esterhuizen, 21 Austic-Marc Davids, 22 Louis van der Schyff, 23 Cohen Kiewit.

CUT – 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Masego Toolo, 13 Rasmus Breedt, 12 Heinrich Bitzi, 11 Dean Jacobs, 10 Denver Kleu, 9 Ruben De Haas, 8 Gerhardus Nel, 7 Rayno Nel (c), 6 Dean Rossouw, 5 Brendon Fortuin, 4 Sylvester Makakole, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster.
Subs: 16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Isiah Bila, 20 Arne van Rensburg, 21 Tiisetso Madonsela, 22 Mazithulele Nkosi, 23 Ruben Heymans.

Wits – 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Sicelo Champion, 12 Adriaan van Blerk, 11 Bin Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt, 6 Constant Beckerling (c), 5 Pascal Snyman, 4 Dawid Bodenstein, 3 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams.
Subs: 16 Justin Brandon, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Sipho Siboza, 19 Jethro de Lange, 20 Kyle Wesemann, 21 Manqoba Mbatha, 22 Lwazi Monakali, 23 Luyolo Qinela.

Tuks – 15 Willem Strydom, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Seerane, 12 Christo Hamman, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Theo Maree, 8 Eduan Lubbe, 7 Jaco Bezuidenhout, 6 Jacobus Smit, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Marius Verwey, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Franco van den Berg.
Subs: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Ruan Nortje, 19 Orateng Koikanyang, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Tony Botha, 22 Mihle Nelani, 23 Mornay Smith.

Varsity Cup Wrap – Shimlas shock Tuks in Pretoria

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FNB UFS-Shimlas proved that experience means nothing in the FNB Varsity Cup as they beat FNB UP-Tuks 19-17 at a cold and wet Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday evening.

Rugby fans throughout South Africa may have been excited for the start of the 2018 FNB Varsity Cup but it would appear as if the weather did not receive the memo as thunderstorms drowned out the noise made by the lively crowd in Pretoria.

As expected, both teams tightened up their approach as they looked to open their account. FNB UP-Tuks wing Dewald Naude thought his try from a collected cross kick was good but it was denied by the referee as he was deemed to be in front the ball.

FNB UP-Tuks flyhalf Tinus de Beer made no mistake in the 18th minute as his pinpoint kick landed straight into the hands of wing Xolisa Guma who merely dotted the ball down for the opening try of the season.

FNB UFS-Shimlas struck back soon after the first strategy break as wing Gideon Agenbag stormed down the touchline to score a seven point try. Flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela was on hand to convert the try.

The score remained the same until the break despite FNB UP-Tuks running full tilt at the men from Bloemfontein but their efforts went a begging as FNB UFS-Shimlas dug in their stubborn heels on defence.

FNB UFS-Shimlas used the first half to establish themselves as 11 players in their match day squad made their FNB Varsity Cup debuts against the defending champions but it was in the second half where they truly shone.

The visitors extended their lead within five minutes of the restart as flank Benjamin Janse van Vuuren crashed over in the corner for a converted try as the teams continued to struggle in the wet conditions.

It may have been Dobela’s FNB Varsity Cup debut but he controlled the match at flyhalf like a seasoned veteran while landing a penalty goal in the 51st minute.

The defending champions took too long to adapt their game plan to match the tenacity of FNB UFS-Shimlas despite a try to inside centre Toko Seerane after the visitors’ lost replacement prop Joseph Botha to a yellow card.

Captain and loose forward, Denzel Hill, scored a consolation try for the home team but it was not enough as De Beer knocked over his first kick of the match.

FNB UP-Tuks will rue lost opportunities and failing to land conversions as the University of Pretoria lost to the University of the Free State 19-17.

FNB Player that Rocks: Lubabalo Dobela (FNB UFS-Shimlas)

Scorers
FNB UP-Tuks: 17
Tries
: Xolisa Guma, Toko Seerane, Denzel Hill
Cons: Tinus de Beer

FNB UFS-Shimlas: 19
Tries
: Francois Agenbag (seven point), Benjamin Janse van Vuuren
Cons: Lubabalo Dobela (2)
Pen: Dobela
Yellow card: Joseph Botha

FNB NWU managed to pull off a deserved victory in their season opener at the Fanie du Toit Sportsgrounds. After dominating both halves, they beat FNB CUT 70 -7.

FNB NWU won the toss and hit the ground running, with Walt Steenkamp opening the scoring within the first two minutes of the game. Schalk Hugo converted successfully, putting FNB NWU ahead 7-0.

After spending the first ten minutes in FNB CUT’s half, Dean Gordon took advantage of an overlap and managed to score in the corner for FNB NWU. Schalk Hugo once again converted successfully, with the FNB NWU now 14-0 ahead.

Estehan Visagie scored for the FNB NWU, with Schalk Hugo converting the try and putting FNB NWU 21-0 after 25 minutes of play.

FNB CUT had an opportunity to get some points on the board after being awarded a penalty, but Heinrich Bitzi was unable to convert, leaving the score at 21-0. FNB NWU managed to get even further ahead after Schalk Hugo converted a penalty and put his team ahead 24-0 with 6 minutes still to play in the first half.

On the cusp of half time, Tiaan Erasmus managed to drive over the line and score for FNB CUT, with Heinrich Bitzi managing the conversion. This meant that FNB CUT were going into the second half with only a 17-point deficit.

To get the second half started, Dean Gordon scored the first seven-point try of the match after a brilliant crosskick from Schalk Hugo, who also managed to convert the try. Tapiwa Mafura’s great show of pace put the FNB NWU even further ahead after he scored in the corner. Schalk Hugo missed his first conversion of the game, but FNB NWU were still 40-7 ahead.

Gideon van der Merwe put FNB NWU even further ahead after 51 minutes of play, once again scoring in the corner. Schalk Hugo was unable to convert but FNB NWU still maintained a hefty lead.

After 54 minutes FNB NWU decided to use their powerplay, choosing to send off Duncan van Vuuren and Ruben Heymans. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalise from the three minutes of only thirteen men on the field for FNB CUT, with the score remaining 45-7 after 57 minutes of play.

After 61 minutes FNB CUT used their powerplay, sending Evardi Boshoff and Akhona Nela off for three minutes. This proved to be futile as Estehan Visagie scored his second try of the match for FNB NWU. Schalk Hugo managed the conversion, putting FNB NWU ahead 54-7.

Hendrik Marais scored a runaway try from inside his own half, giving FNB NWU their third seven-point try of the game. Schalk Hugo converted successfully with the score at 63-7 with 10 minutes still to play.

Just before the final whistle Evardi Boshoff got his first try and FNB NWU’s ninth, with Schalk Hugo nailing his last conversion and FNB NWU winning the game 70-7.

For all his efforts and his two tries scored, Estehan Visagie from FNB NWU was named the FNB Player That Rocks.

Scores
FNB NWU: 70

Tries: Walt Steenkamp (1), Dean Gordon (2), Estehan Visagie (2), Tapiwa Mafura (1), Gideon van der Merwe (1), Hendrik Marais (1), Evardi Boshoff (1)
Cons: Schalk Hugo (7)
Pens: Schalk Hugo (1)

FNB CUT: 7
Try: Tiaan Erasmus (1)
Con: Heinrich Bitzi (1)

FNB Wits scored two late tries to claim a vital 30-26 away win against FNB UCT in Cape Town in the first round of the FNB Varsity Cup on Monday evening.

FNB UCT brandished some early physicality which seemed to bewilder the visitors with FNB Ikeys looking ripe to score before a strong defensive effort from FNB Wits. The Visitors turned the ball over and sent it wide to their speedster Kasande Kapepula who ran from his own half to score in the corner and claim a seven-point try. FNB Wits flyhalf Christian Humphries converted, making the score 9-0 to the men from Jozi.

FNB Wits kept the home side under sustained pressure and looked as though they were going to score again but the Cape Town boys were able to steal the ball after some nuggety work from the loose forwards, swing the ball wide to FNB UCT number 10 Gresham Hock who cleared for touch.

FNB UCT used their forwards to drive up the field and won a penalty at the breakdown. They used the opportunity to kick for touch. After an expertly taken line-out and strong drive, number eight Nyasha Tarusenga scored next to the touchline.

FNB Wits went into the first strategy break 9-7 points up with home side on their heels.

FNB Wits looked to consolidate their lead just before the halftime whistle after a strong drive from their forwards on the FNB UCT line but was thwarted by another a resolute effort from FNB UCT defence.

FNB UCT turned the tides on their opposition and after winning another penalty, it was déjà vu as they pushed towards the line, but as the home side crossed the line, they were held up by FNB Wits. After another scrum FNB Wits were penalised at the scrum on the five-line and FNB UCT were awarded a penalty try, going into the break 14-9 up.

FNB Wits claimed back the lead after a strong forward drive that saw Captain Fantastic Constant Beckerling crash over for a five-point try with Humphries converting, making the score 16-14 to the visitors.

FNB UCT called the Power Play and were unable to score. But used the momentum to dot down just after with the full-back Martin crossing over which left the score before the second strategy break at 23-16.

FNB UCT put the final nail in FNB Wits’ coffin after the home side were awarded a penalty just outside the FNB Wits 22 metre with Martin continuing his good form with the radar and got his side the three-pointer.

FNB Wits weren’t dead yet though and set up a forward drive five metres from the FNB UCT line. After some ferocious running from the Jo’burgers replacement prop Chris Hume barged over with Humphries adding the extras.

FNB Wits were clearly revitalised by their score. FNB UCT kicked down the throat of the wily winger Kapepula, who showed some fancy footwork once again before giving it inside to AJ van Blerk who dove over making the score 30-26.

The home side put in a strong performance in their first fixture but were unable to thwart a spirited and cohesive FNB Wits side with Kapepula picking up Man of the Match.

FNB Player That Rocks: Kasande Kapepula (FNB Wits)

Scores
FNB UCT: 26

Tries: Nyasha Tarusenga, penalty try, Brian Martin
Cons: Brian Martin 2
Pens: Brian Martin

FNB Wits: 30
Tries
: Kasande Kapepula, Constant Beckerling, Chris Hume, AJ van Blerk
Cons: Christian Humphries 2

All systems go for Varsity Cup 11

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Varsity Cup enters its second decade of rugby that rocks and the 2018 season promises some exciting changes.  

“Innovation has been driving the success of the FNB Varsity Cup and this year we’re doing it again,” says Duitser Bosman, CEO of the FNB Varsity Cup.

“A new PowerPlay rule, new theme, new social initiative and much more will be added to the amazing match-day atmosphere that thousands of fans have come to expect from the FNB Varsity Cup. FNB will have an increased presence in the 2018 tournament, including rebranding Koshuis Rugby to be known as FNB Res Rugby. Together with 3rd tier sponsor Steers, we are confident that this premium intervarsity tournament will continue to be a major success,” he said.

Faye Mfikwe, FNB Chief Marketing Officer said, “We are excited to once again see the spirit of innovation taking centre stage in the 11th edition of the tournament. Our sustained investment in FNB Varsity Cup, FNB Classic Clashes and most recently the Springboks, is testament to our ongoing quest to empower South Africa’s youth from grassroots to greatness. To this end, we are immensely proud of the 32 Springboks that have come through the FNB Varsity Cup programme since its inception in 2008.”

Since its inception FNB Varsity Cup has been a rugby nursery for the stars of tomorrow, playing a part in moulding Springboks such Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx and most recently Warrick Gelant.

This sentiment is echoed by Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, who says, “FNB Varsity Cup matches continue to attract massive in-stadium and television crowds, and through this, many professional rugby careers have been launched. Many of the players go on to represent at the various provincial rugby unions, displaying their competitive, uncompromising, attacking and running rugby skills.”

The FNB Varsity Cup 11 also boasts a brand new theme: #MakeTheTeam. The ‘Make The Team’ campaign is aimed at including all fans into the FNB Varsity Cup team, showcasing the inclusivity of student rugby not only on the field, but also in the stands, on campus and in the community.

Every fan, every organiser, every player forms part of their home team. The new theme calls on everyone to embrace their home university team and be part of the action. The FNB Varsity Cup anthem further emphasises the call to stand together and be part of the team.

The FNB Varsity Cup has rooted itself in South Africa’s future and has made changing South African lives its number one priority. From 2018, the tournament is partnering with the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) to bring blood donation into the fore at universities. This is in support of the incredible work that is championed by the two organisations.

The first match of the season will see defending champions, FNB UP-Tuks play host to FNB Shimlas at 16h45 at Tuks Stadium while FNB Maties will travel to UJ Stadium where they will open their campaign against FNB UJ at 19h00. Both these matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

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FNB Tuks name new captain

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The start of a brand new chapter is how Denzel Hill (FNB Tuks captain) views the team’s first FNB Varsity Cup encounter against Kovsies on 29 January at Tuks.

FNB Tuks are the defending Varsity Cup champions. Hill is adamant that he and his teammates won’t fall into the trap of reminiscing about what happened last year.

“To be honest, we are not concerned about the past and what teams think about us. The last chapter has been written, and we have closed that book. I will admit we have taken a lot of confidence from what happened last year, but now we are at the start of the new book which I hope is going to be equally as exciting.”

Hill rates FNB Shimlas as a “tough nut” to crack.

“The biggest mistake we can make is to underestimate them. Shimlas are very good with the ball in hand and have mastered the art of exploiting the opposition’s weaknesses by taking the ball wide. However we are not going to be obsessed with what Shimlas do or don’t. We are going to stick to a gameplan that suits us. It will entail trying to keep the ball in play for as long as it is possible.”

Captaining teams is nothing new to Hill. He captained the Blue Bulls under-21 team last and quite a few other teams throughout his playing career. He admits being the leader comes with responsibilities.

“I won’t describe myself as a natural leader. It is something I’ve got to work on continuously. I try and lead by example, but there is more to captaining than just putting your body on the line. I also believe in encouraging the guys around me and try and put them in the best position to play the game they are comfortable with and want to play.”

When asked Hill said that there is a right balance of experience and debutants in the FNB Tuks team.

Hill could just be one of the fastest loose forwards in the Varsity Cup tournament. At Jeppe High School he used to be a sprinter. He is not sure as to what exactly his best time in the 100m was, but guesses it could have been around 11.1s which is indeed not shabby for someone who 1.91m tall and weighs 101kg. He is quite frank about why he plays rugby.

“I will be honest. I really love playing rugby. My most significant motivation is to make my family proud. Rugby is also a way for me to support and make a difference for my family.”

Hill finished his BCom Marketing degree last year. Currently, he is doing a postgraduate diploma in entrepreneurship.

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Champions Tuks embracing the Power Play and raring to go

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The current FNB Varsity Cup champions, FNB UP-Tuks, have enjoyed their holiday and are back in full training with defending their title being their highest priority.

FNB UP-Tuks will play two warm-up matches against FNB CUT (12 January, Kroonstad) and FNB NWU (17 January, Potchefstroom) as they look to iron out the kinks ahead of their 2018 FNB Varsity Cup opening match against FNB UFS-Shimlas on Monday, 29 January at the Tuks Rugby Stadium. Kick-off 16:45.

FNB UP-Tuks will be coached by David Manuel and while his position has changed he is by no means new to the University of Pretoria’s Varsity Cup structures as he been involved since 2011 and he feels that it is this experience that will help him in his new role as head coach.

“My time in the UP-Tuks structures can best be described as a safe place to learn. I assisted very good coaches and learnt a lot while developing my own philosophy,” said Manuel.

The 11th edition of the FNB Varsity Cup will see a new law innovation where teams will have the option of using a Power Play which will allow a team to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for a period of three minutes of playing time.

The Power Play can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain and can only be called once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they will be awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

Manuel admits that at first he was hesitant about the law innovation but it has since grown on him.

“To be honest, many coaches were unsettled by the idea of losing players during a match but after Varsity Cup explained the reason behind it, we all got onboard and I’m personally looking forward to implementing it and defending against it especially during our warm-up matches,” he said.

Personal development of players and management is of critical importance to Manuel and he wants to start implementing this from the get-go.

“A major discussion point we had as a group is that we all need to improve because if the individual improves so shall the team. We are fortunate to have the vast majority of the 2017 squad back this year while the new players are excited to get stuck in. We are focused on going from match to match with our current attention solely on the two warm-ups,” explained Manuel.

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Steinhoff out of Varsity Cup

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Steinhoff is no more at Varsity Cup after they also pulled out of their sponsorship with the Blitzbokke last month.

Steinhoff CEO Marcus Jooste resigned in early December due to financial irregularities, and the company’s shares crashed by 61%.

On Wednesday it was confirmed that Steinhoff will no long sponsor South Africa’s intervarsity tournament.

The process has already begun to secure a new sponsor for the competition but for now FNB will most properly pull all the weight.

The first round of matches will commence on 29 January.

Round 1 Monday 29 January 2018

 

13 against 15- Varsity Cup new power play

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Varsity Cup captains will be able to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition for three minutes of playing time during matches next year.

The Power Play, which will also be part of the 2018 Varsity Shield, can only be called by a team while in their own half, must be called by the captain, and can only be called once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the Power Play period, they are awarded an extra two points (seven points before the conversion).

‘Yellow and red cards are such integral aspects of rugby, yet players and coaches worldwide struggle to deal with the change in personnel,’ said Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield.

‘This innovative new rule will foster a generation of rugby players who will be able to defend with fewer teammates on the field and will know how to fully utilise a numerical advantage.’

University of Western Cape coach Chester Williams believes the Power Play rule will bring an exciting edge to the competition.

‘The new rule will be good for players, coaches and, most of all, spectators going into next year’s competition, as it keeps the game fresh. Power Play will really keep the game fluid and allow for some innovative thinking from the coaches.

‘It will be tactically and strategically challenging for all of the coaches, and will be interesting to see how other coaches react.’

The Varsity Cup will kick off on 29 January and the Varsity Shield on 19 February.