FNB Varsity Cup is well underway now and on Monday we could start to see at least three of the teams that are standing out at the moment in this years competition.
Here is the results of Round 4
UCT 42 UJ 23
The Ikey Tigers redeemed themselves as they beat FNB UJ 42-23 in a well fought FNB Varsity Cup match at the Green Mile on Monday.
FNB UCT showed what they are capable of after securing six tries against fellow rivals FNB UJ. Ikey Tigers captain Josh Moon could not have led by a better example than getting proceedings under way with his sixth-minute try. But it was the tall, strong and fast FNB Player That Rocks Nyasha Tarusenga who secured a hat-trick for the Ikeys, guaranteeing their win.
Although the search for FNB UJ’s first win continues, their true performance at the Green Mile did not translate into points. Despite a 19-point loss the match, at certain moments in the game, it was far tighter than what the scoreboard reflected – with FNB UJ holding a two-point lead over the hosts for some time before the end of the first half. FNB UJ are able to go home proud with their two seven-point tries, piercing the Ikey Tigers’ defence by both Tatendaishe Mujawo and Wynand Botha.
Impressive handling, kicking and interception skills by both teams kept the match as anyone’s game going into half time with FNB UJ trailing by 14. The early try by FNB UCT in the second half was a sign of the flow of points to come and by the 61st minute the final damage had already been done by both teams. Despite the last quarter of the game experiencing no further tries, FNB UCT had commanded themselves to a 42-23 lead over the visiting side.
FNB Player That Rocks: Nyasha Tarusenga (FNB UCT)
FNB UCT: 42
Tries: Josh Moon (five-point), Simon Raw (five-point), Kyle Bowman (five-point), Nyasha Tarusenga (seven-point, five-point, five-point)
Conversions: Darian Hock (5)
FNB UJ: 23
Tries: Tyreeq February (five-point), Tatendaishe Mujawo (seven-point), Wynand Botha (seven-point)
Conversion: Mashudu Clifford Raphunga (2)
Pukke 26 Shimlas 13
FNB NWU surprised FNB Shimlas 26-13 in the fourth round of the FNB Varsity Cup in their own backyard, winning 26-13 to end FNB Shimlas’ unbeaten run.
Both teams started off with exciting running rugby and displayed solid defence. FNB NWU crossed the goal line first in the fourth minute with a five-pointer by winger Andries Van Niekerk, converted by flyhalf Schalk Burger opening the score at 7-0.
FNB Shimlas struck back immediately with constructive backline movement sending centre Tiaan Schutte over for a five-pointer converted by flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela to level the score at seven-all 10 minutes in the game.
FNB Shimlas played attacking rugby and dominated territory up to the strategy break but could not break the strong defence of FNB NWU. FNB NWU capitalised in the 26th minute from a lineout mauling strongly and earning a penalty try, seven points. FNB Shimlas collapsed the maul taking the score to 7-14.
FNB Shimlas flanker Janco Cloete was sent off with a yellow card. FNB NWU centre Evardi Boshoff was sent off with a yellow card for illegal play in the 35th minute. Both teams played exciting high tempo rugby in the first half, but FNB NWU used their opportunities better to break with a half-time score of 14-7.
FNB Shimlas started the second half with a bang but could not cross the goal line due to scrappy play. FNB Shimlas pinned FNB NWU in their own quarter for the first 15 minutes of the second half but could not round it off with points.
FNB Shimlas lock Mervyn Roos was sent off on the 52-minute mark with a red card due to a dangerous tackle, leaving the FNB Shimlas with 14 men on the field.
FNB NWU once again displayed BMT and centre Akhona Nela scored a five-pointer to put FNB NWU further in the lead at 19-7. FNB Shimlas answered shortly with a penalty by flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela taking the score to 19-10 for FNB NWU.
FNB Shimlas flyhalf Dobela kicked a second penalty over to keep the FNB Shimlas in play taking the score to 13-19 for the FNB NWU, with 18 minutes left. FNB NWU took a quick penalty sending winger Lungela Gosa over for a fourth try, converted by Gideon van der Merwe to win the game 26-13.
FNB Shimlas dominated ball possession and territory but scrappy play and handling errors cost them the game.
FNB Player That Rocks: Lungelo Gosa
FNB Shimlas: 13
Tries: Tiaan Schutte
Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela
Penalties: Lubabalo Dobela (2)
Yellow: Janco Cloete
Red: Mervyn Roos
FNB NWU: 19
Tries: Andries van Niekerk (5) Penalty Try (7) Akhona Nela(5) Lungelo Gosa (5)
Conversions: Schalk Burger (2)
Yellow: Evardi Boshoff
Maties 50 CUT 15
It took FNB Maties more than an hour, but they eventually ran in eight tries to the two of FNB CUT, scoring a convincing win of 50-15 against the home side.
FNB Maties fullback, Anton du Toit, with a personal tally of 22 points, scored an amazing four tries and one conversion, and was deservedly crowned “FNB Player that Rocks” for his efforts.
Up to the final quarter of the match, FNB CUT were still hanging in there, highly competitive against their highly rated opponents.
This win sees FNB Maties consolidating their lead at the top of the Varsity Cup log, taking home a valuable bonus point in an away match.
During the final 17 minutes, the emotive home crown were stunned into shocked silence, as the Maroon Machine ran in four of their tries, of which one was a seven-pointer from inside their own 22.
Flyhalf Reinhardt Fortuin scored two tries himself, rounding off an excellent match of opportunistic play and superb attacking skills.
Some defensive errors on FNB CUT’s side saw FNB Maties crash through their defensive line, allowing the visitors to run long-distance attacks into the FNB CUT red zone.
FNB CUT: 15
Tries: Anrich Alberts (2)
Conversion: Heinrich Bitzi
Penalty: Heinrich Bitzi
FNB Maties: 50
Tries: Anton du Toit (4), Luciano Elias (2), Chris Smit, Edwill vd Merwe
Conversions: Adriaan vd Bank (2), Reinardt Fortuin, Anton du Toit