Tuks rampant, UJ dent Ikeys' hopes
TUKS DEMOLISH SHIMLAS
FNB Tuks made light work of FNB Shimlas, winning 65-19 in the seventh round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Bloemfontein at the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs.
The Tuks backline started brilliantly, finding gaps in the Shimlas defence and winger Sibahle Maxwane dotted down with a seven-point try, converted by Tinus De Beer opening the scoreboard on 9-0 for Tuks three minutes into the game.
Dewald Naude stretched the score 0-14 with a five-point try in the 18th minute. Tuks were not done yet and after a brilliant kick from Sibathle Maxwane he collected the ball and went over for a seven-pointer, his second try, taking the game away from the Shimlas 0-23 just 21 minutes into the first half.
Tuks were all over Shimlas and ran the ball from their 22-metre line and with excellent support play Tuks prop Andrew Beerwinkel went over for a seven-point try stretching the score to 0-30, 26 minutes in.
Shimlas’ defence totally crumbled and Tuks ran from the kick-off where winger Dewald Naude scored his second, stretching the score to 0-37.
The halftime score was 0-37 to Tukkies.
Tuks dominated the first half scoring five tries, playing attacking rugby. Tuks kept their momentum, forcing phase after phase sending Tuks captain, Chris Massyn, over for a seven-point try, which was converted by Tinus De Beer, taking the score to 0-46.
Shimlas eventually opening their score 49 minutes into the game when winger Vuyani Maqina rounded the opposition backline and the five-pointer was converted by Marco Mason.
Tuks answered with persistent pressure and soon Tuks' No 8 crossed the line for a five-pointer converted by Tinus De Beer, taking the score to 7-53.
Once again Shimlas showed character, fighting their way into the 22-metre area of the Shimlas and centre Lihleli Xoli nabbed a five-pointer, taking the score to 19-60 with seven minutes of play left in the game.
Tuks had the last say in the game when Jan Henning Campher scored a try, taking the fulltime score to 19-65.
FNB Shimlas: 19
Tries: Vuyani Maqina (five-pointer) Benji Van Vuuren (five-pointer) Liheli Xoli (five-pointer)
Cons: Marco Mason (2)
FNB Tuks: 65
Tries: Sibahle Maxwane (seven-pointer x2), Dewald Naude (five-pointer + seven-pointer), Andrew Beerwinkel (seven-pointer), Chris Massyn (seven-pointer), Clyde Davids (five-pointer), Divan Rossouw (five-pointer), Jan Henning Campher (five-pointer)
Cons: Tinus De Beer (5)
Yellow card: Brian Leitch, Clyde Davids, Juan Swanepoel
UJ TOO STRONG FOR UCT
An impressive attacking display from FNB UJ saw the FNB IKey Tigers’ hopes of finishing in a top-four spot slip further away with only two Varsity Cup fixtures remaining before the semifinals.
The match ended 40-12 in favour of UJ.
The match was quite even for the first quarter of the game, with Aphiwe Dyantyi providing the first few sparks as he embarked on a dangerous run down the left side of the field.
The teams went into the first strat break on equal terms, but it was UJ who drew first blood as Johan Esterhuizen crossed the line.
The try was converted, and UJ went on to spread the ball wide after a period of pressure, allowing Curtley Adams to cross the line unchallenged. The try was converted, giving UJ an 18-0 lead over UCT at halftime.
The Ikey Tigers came out in the second half determined to make up the gap in points, scoring a seven-point try through Gerard Pieterse. It wasn’t long before Johannes Snyman extended UJ’s lead, with De Villiers crossing the line again seven minutes afterwards, extending their lead to 28-7.
There was a period of ten minutes when UJ were reduced to ten men and Rayno Mapoe found some space on the right win, but besides that, UJ were as clinical in defence as they were in attack.
Nel then scored a penalty kick for UJ, giving them a 19-point lead.
The home team didn’t give up though, scoring again through Seb Roodt down the left wing. After that it was all UJ in the late stages of the game, and a sweeping move in the final minute of the game saw Ramaboea score a seven-point try. After Nel converted, the game ended 40-12 to UJ.
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FNB UCT: 12
Tries: Gerard Pieterse (seven-pointer), Seb Roodt
Yellow Cards: Jason Klaasen
FNB UJ: 40
Tries: Johan Esterhuizen, Curtley Adams (seven-pointer), Jo-Hanco de Villiers, Godfrey Ramaboea (seven-pointer)
Conversions: Divan Nel (4)
Penalties: Divan Nel
Yellow Cards: Godfrey Ramaboea
PUKKE EDGE CUT
FNB Pukke scored a deserved victory of 43-38 over FNB CUT in Bloemfontein after they led 31-10 at half time.
Pukke ran in seven tries to five but the Ixias fought back valiantly in the second half. Pukke hooker Wilmar Arnoldi was awarded the FNB Player that Rocks award.
After last week’s performance, CUT Ixias gained a lot of confidence, especially after their second half-fight back.
In the second half CUT staged a fightback not seen recently by the Blue Brigade. Early in the second half the Ixia fightback began with a great seven-point try by prop Kabous van Schalkwyk – the first of two tries by this mobile forward.
This ignited the log-trailing home side to score and run the ball with more passion at the defending Varsity Cup champs, scoring another three tries in the half. This included another seven-pointer by big lock, Kian Skippers.
Ixias were rewarded for their superb play in the second half, scoring 28 points to 12.
For the home side Mosego Toolo, Van Schalkwyk, Ruan Wasserman and Ruben Heymans again performed superbly. Dean Rossouw's warriors can certainly look forward at a much better end to their season than their recent performances.
FNB Pukke: 43
Tries: Elden Schoeman, Wilmar Arnoldi, Jimmy Mpailane, Jeandre Rudolph, Boela Venter, Tapiwe Mafura and Walt Steenkamp.
Cons: Julian Delicado (4)
FNB Ixias: 38
Tries: Kabous Van Schalckwyk (2), Ruben Heymans, Dian Dry and Kian Skippers
Cons: Martin Jacobs (3)
WITS KEEP ON WINNING
FNB Wits hosted the FNB Madibaz at Wits Stadium in a mouthwatering clash that saw the exciting young Wits backline thrive when attacking. The game ended with the men from Johannesburg emerging 30-20 victors.
The game got under way with Wits dotting down very early through flanker Constant Beckerling, who managed to barge over after a series of attacks, flyhalf Gianni Lombard unfortunately then sent his conversion attempt wide.
The visitors then soon hit back with points of their own, when their flyhalf Thomas Kean sent a penalty from over 50m, soaring between the sticks to bring the score to 5-3.
Straight after the first strategy break, the Madibaz scored when winger Jixie Malapo dashed past a few defenders for a seven-point try.
The game was then very tight with both teams going at each other but it was the Witsies that were the next to score, through lock Rhyno Herbst.
With score now at 10-10, pressure shifted back to the home side and the Madibaz crossed over after camping in the Wits 22m area.
The try was scored by Henry Brown and converted again by Kean.
With halftime soon approaching, all pressure was on Wits, which they eventually managed to turn into a try that saw both teams go into the break deadlocked at 17-17.
The second half was tamer than the first, with Madibaz only managing three points from the boot of flyhalf Thomas Kean.
The home side also saw a further 13 points added to their score, thanks to the boot of substitute flyhalf and captain Warren Gilbert, who had just returned from injury.
The game ended with Wits making it another win on the trot ahead of a very important game against fierce Johannesburg rivals UJ at the UJ rugby Stadium next Monday.
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FNB Wits: 30
Tries: Constant Beckerling, Rhyno Herbst, Jethro De Lange, CJ Greef
Cons: Gianni Lombard, Warren Gilbert
Pens: Warren Gilbert (2)
FNB Madibaz: 20
Tries: Jixie Molapo (seven-point), Henry Brown
Cons: Thomas Kean
Pens: Thomas Kean, Henry Brown