Maties, Tuks, UJ, Shimlas all win
MATIES TOO STRONG FOR UCT
The FNB Ikey Tigers went down 47-16 to a high flying FNB Maties side in Round Five of the FNB Varsity Cup at the Green Mile in Cape Town on Monday.
A hat-trick by Duncan Saal and a clinical attacking performance saw the visitors run pass their intervarsity rivals.
The Ikey Tigers got on the scoreboard first through the boot of Lohan Lubbe, but their lead was short lived as Craig Barry produced a moment of magic to finish off an Maties move worth seven points.
Lubbe was forced off after the strategy break as he suffered an arm injury, and while Rico Lategan was in the sin bin, the Ikey Tigers conceded a try and conversion from Christoper Smith.
Rob Anderson got the home team back on the scoreboard through a drop goal and then a penalty, before Duncan Saal scored his first try of the night, ending the first half with Maties leading UCT 23-9.
The first ten minutes of the second half were back and forth, with no team really able to capitalise on their opportunities. In the 53rd minute, Nyasha Tarusenga scored the Ikey Tigers’ first and only try of the night as he crashed over the line before Anderson converted. The joy was short lived, as a defensive mistake saw Haznar extend Maties’ lead once again with a five-point try.
Maties showed no signs of slowing down, scoring three tries in the last nine minutes of the game. Duncan Saal completed his hat-trick in the last five minutes of the game, scoring in both the seventy fifth and eightieth minutes.
On the day, Maties were clinical in attack and resolute in defence, putting up brick walls wherever the Ikey Tigers tried to run through.
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FNB UCT: 16 Tries: Nyasha Tarusenga Cons: Rob Anderson Drop goals: Rob Anderson Pens: Lohan Lubbe, Rob Anderson Cards: Rico Lategan (Yellow)
FNB Maties: 47 Tries: Duncan Saal (one seven-pointer, two five-pointers), Christopher Smith, Craig Barry (seven-pointer), Mihcal Haznar, Stephan Streicher. Cons: Christopher Smith (4).
TUKS STROLL PAST WITS
FNB UP-Tuks scored three tries to nil to record a 25-9 win (halftime 15-9) against FNB Wits.
The gloomy weather that has held its grip on Pretoria over the last week made way for a pulsating match between the two teams at the Tuks Rugby Stadium.
Wits brought their A game to Pretoria as they played at a frantic pace in the first half but UP-Tuks proved to be a stronger defensive unit.
Flyhalves Tinus de Beer (UP-Tuks) and Warren Gilbert (Wits) exchanged penalties early on before UP-Tuks wing Dewald Naude collected a grubber to score the opening try of the match.
Gilbert added a further two penalties before UP-Tuks captain Chris Massyn crossed the line in the 31st minute. De Beer's conversion gave the men from Pretoria a 15-9 lead at the break.
The second half proved to be a much slower affair as both teams struggled to find their groove with promising passages of play ended by unforced errors.
Replacement utility back Franco van den Berg scored a late try to give the home team a comfortable 25-9 win.
UP-Tuks will meet FNB CUT in Round Six next Monday at the Tuks Rugby Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:45pm and the match will be televised.
FNB UP-Tuks: 25 Tries: Dewald Naude, Chris Massyn, Franco van den Berg Cons: Tinus de Beer, Joshua Stander Pens: Tinus de Beer (2)
FNB Wits: 9 Pens: Warren Gilbert (3)
UJ RAMPANT VICTORS IN BLOEM
FNB UJ inflicted an immense bonus-point victory over the home side FNB CUT in Bloemfontein on Monday evening, scoring a massive nine tries to three in demolishing the Ixias by 73-20.
FNB UJ secured this win after leading 50-15 at the break.
For most of the first half, it was one-way traffic as the black jerseys ran in six tries, thanks to some poor defensive rugby by the Ixias. The UJ forwards won enough good possession up front to ensure their potent backline ran circles around CUT.
Except for a brief 10-minute session around the middle of the first half, when the Ixias showed some grit and fought back with two tries of their own, it was a 15-man show by the visitors that kept CUT behind their goal line.
For 33 minutes in the second half, CUT showed some character, extending the UJ defence themselves, and tackled with real heart to keep the UJ quiet.
But then the wall broke, allowing UJ to run in three more converted tries and win 73-20.
FNB CUT: 20 Tries: Ruben Heymans, Martin Jacobs and Darron Adonis. Cons: Jacobs (1) Pens: Jacobs (1)
FNB UJ: 73 Tries: Godfrey Ramaboea, Ewan Adams (2), Aphiwe Dyantyi, Jannes Snyman, Jaco Fourie, Leon Massyn, Estian Enslin and Wian Conradie. Cons: Divan Nel (8)
SHIMLAS STUN DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
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The FNB Shimlas claimed a victory in superb conditions as they dominated the match to send the FNB NWU-Pukke back to Potchefstroom with a defeat of 35-23.
Jimmy Mpailane from the Pukke scored the opening try of the match as he went for a seven-point try. Schalk Hugo converted the kick successfully to put the visitors on 9-0 over the Shimlas.
In the 16th minute it was Nicolaas Immelman from the Shimlas who got the home side on the board with a five-point try. Pukke were still in the lead before strategy break with a score of 9-5.
NWU-Pukke were punished for a high tackle and poor discipline as the referee awarded a penalty try for the Shimlas with no kick required. The home team went into halftime with a score of 12-9.
As the second half started it was the Shimlas who dominated the first few minutes with a magic try by Dian Badenhorst followed by the bonus-point try by Daniel Maartens. The tries saw the men in blue leading 28-9 in the 48th minute.
Wandile Mazibuko from the Pukke tried to narrow the gap as he went over the line for five points. Julian Delicado, who came on in the second half, kicked over the conversion to put them on 28-16 before the strategy break.
The writing was on the wall as Benardus Erasmus scored a try in the 68th minute to add five points to Shimlas’ score. Marco Mason converted his third kick of the evening successfully to leave them on 35-16.
Morné Strydom fought back hard to narrow down the gap as he went over for the Pukke in the 83th minute to send them back to the change room on 35-23. The Shimlas claimed a victory as the NWU-Pukke faced their second defeat.
FNB NWU-Pukke: 23 Tries: Jimmy Mpailane (seven-point), Wandile Mazibuko (five-point), Morné Strydom Cons: Schalk Hugo (1), Julian Delicado(2) Yellow card: Louis van der Westhuizen, Chriswill September,
FNB Shimlas: 35 Tries: Nicolaas Immelman (five-point), Dian Badenhorst (five-point), Daniel Maartens (seven-point), Bernardus Erasmus (five-point) Cons: Marco Mason (3) Yellow card: Phumzile Maqondwana, Nicolaas Immelman