It was and exciting third round of matches in the Varsity Cup this Monday which saw titanic battles between the teams to get the wins.
At Wits stadium the crowd got their money’s worth although Shimlas secured a late 33-26 win over the host.
It was one of those classic Varsity games which was great to watch.
The game was 50/50 throughout the 80 minutes and both sides were still 0-0 after 10 minutes.
Wits broke the deadlock with a try from Cal Smid to take the lead 7-0.
Wits dominated that first half and they got their second try through CJ Conradie to make it 14-0.
Shimlas did get on the board with George Rossouw gong over to go into halftime 14-5 behind.
The second half just exploded with Shimlas getting the better start and scored two tries in the opening ten minutes of the half.
Henk Pretorious and Izak Burger dotted down for Sjimlas and they were in the lead by 19-14.
With Wits having to score next, they did not with Reynnard Cronje.
That made the scores level at 19-all.
Shimlas then got some magic from Marnus Boshoff to get back in the lead but Wits hit back immediately with Ruan Cloete getting over.
Again the two teams are deadlock on the scoreboard with 26-all.
Shimlas then stepped up in the dying moments of the match that saw them snatch the game 33-26
FNB Wits: 26
Tries: Cal Smid, CJ Conradie, Reynard Cronje, Ruan Cloete
Con: Kurt Webster (3)
FNB Shimlas: 33
Tries: Jan George Rossouw, Henk Pretorious, Izak Burger, Marnus Boshoff, Rewan Kruger
Cons: Lubabalo Dobela (4)
In Potch the Pukke were to good for UWC at home beating them 37-21 on Monday.
Several handling errors from both sides within the first ten minutes of the half set both teams back, but Robert Hunt gave FNB NWU the breakthrough they were pushing for when he dived over the try line to score the first try of the game. Schalk Hugo nailed the conversion to put FNB NWU 7-0 ahead after 13 minutes.
The strategy break proved to be of use to FNB NWU, when in the 20th minute Lungelo Gosa grubbered the ball through for Evardi Boshoff to pick up and dot on the try line for FNB NWU’s first seven-point try of the game. Wandi Mazibuko added to FNB UWC’s woes when he mauled his way over the try line, giving FNB NWU a 23-0 lead after 25 minutes of play.
Juanre de Klerk scored FNB UWC’s first try on the cusp of half time to give FNB UWC a glimmer of hope going into half time, with the score locked at 23-7 in favour of FNB NWU.
FNB NWU came out guns blazing in the second half, when FNB NWU found the try line again off another maul from captain Louis van der Westhuizen. with FNB UWC replied immediately when Juanre de Klerk got his second try of the match, but a missed conversion showed that his attempts proved to be futile with FNB UWC trailing 30-14.
Wian Conradie added to FNB NWU’s try tally when scored off the back of a scrum to dampen FNB UWC’s spirits, and Schalk Hugo nailed his fifth conversion to take the game to 37-14. FNB UWC continued to test FNB NWU’s defence, and eventually Tristan Leyds got his name on the score sheet in the 65th minute, to narrow the lead to 37-21. Unfortunately time ran out for FNB UWC, who head back to Cape Town with their third loss of the campaign.
FNB NWU: 37
Tries: Robert Hunt, Evardi Boshoff, Wandi Mazibuko. Louis van der Westhuizen, Wian Conradie.
Conversions: Schalk Hugo (5).
FNB UWC: 21
Tries: Juanre de Klerk (2), Tristan Leyds.
Conversions: Keagan Fortune (2).
Yellow cards: Jacques van Zyl.
FNB Maties enjoyed a fantastic 26-24 (half-time 12-14) victory over their Pretoria nemesis, FNB UP-Tuks, in their Round Three FNB Varsity Cup clash at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday evening.
The men from Pretoria started with a bang as they made it difficult for the Stellenbosch students to exit their half yet they could not turn their pressure into points in the opening 10 minutes of this bone-crushing derby.
FNB UP-Tuks eventually broke the stalemate after flyhalf Tinus de Beer set-up a lineout and the ensuing phases opened a gap in the defence which prop Etienne Janeke exploited to bash his way over the whitewash. De Beer added the extras.
It did not take long for FNB Maties to draw level as the strategy break proved to be the defining moment as a movement that started deep inside Maroon territory was finished by wing Munier Hartzenburg in the right-hand corner for a seven-point try.
The men from Stellenbosch bagged their second try of the match with ten minutes of the first half remaining as a strong lineout drive paid dividends with hooker HJ Luus flopping over the chalk for an unconverted try.
The University of Pretoria gathered themselves to put in several phases of quality attacking rugby with a sweeping movement by the backs allowing hooker Werner Fourie the space needed to smash straight through the defence to score. De Beer’s conversion handed FNB UP-Tuks a morale boosting 14-12 lead at the break.
The tables were reversed when the second half resumed as FNB Maties applied a monumental amount of pressure and the dam wall was breached in the 49th minute as a hard won scrum was snapped up by the backs with flyhalf Jordan Chait running a sublime line to score. Chait made no mistake with his conversion attempt.
De Beer ensured that his charges were within striking distance as he landed a penalty goal a couple of minutes later as the North-South derby continued to dish up scintillating rugby.
The visitors were dealt a devastating blow in the 60th minute with outside centre Cornel Smit was given his [yellow] marching orders and De Beer was poised to strike with a penalty goal but his attempt struck the post and the opportunity to retake the lead vanished into the night sky.
FNB Maties did exceptionally well to turn their disadvantage into an advantage as they scored their bonus point try courtesy of replacement hooker Daniel Jooste who stretched out to score under the weight of several Stripe Generation defenders.
Another FNB Maties yellow card, this time to flank Johann van Niekerk, gave FNB UP-Tuks a sniff of victory which they almost converted via lock Ruan Nortje but his try was disallowed due to a knock-on.
The resulting scrum was turned over by a rampant FNB UP-Tuks and their dominance was paid off as replacement lock Bart le Roux ensured that they had the final say of the match.
De Beer’s conversion was not enough though as FNB Maties had done enough to secure a hard fought 26-24 win in Pretoria.
FNB Player that Rocks: Chris Smit (FNB Maties)
Steers Kinging Moment: Werner Fourie (FNB UP-Tuks)
FNB UP-Tuks – Tries: Etienne Janeke, Werner Fourie, Bart le Roux; Conversions: Tinus de Beer (3); Penalty: De Beer.
FNB Maties – Tries: Munier Hartzenburg (seven points), HJ Luus, Jordan Chait, Daniel Jooste; Conversions: Chait (2).
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