FNB UCT Ikeys defeat FNB NWU in dramatic fashion

FNB Varsity Cup

As part of the 2018 Varsity Cup rugby challenge, we saw FNB UCT Ikeys and FNB NWU going head to head, with FNB UCT dominating most of the first half of the match. Nyasha Tarusenga, of FNB UCT put his team ahead early on when he scored a try, handing them a 5-0 lead.

But it wasn’t long before Schalk Hugo pulled it back to 3-5 for FNB NWU with a penalty. FNB UCT edged ahead with a penalty of their own, to make it 5-3 at the break. It was a somewhat scrappy affair with Estehan Vasagie of FNB NWU and Duncan Saffy of FNB UCT both sent to the sin bin.

The second half of the match saw FNB UCT continuing their dominance. Josh Moon added five points with a second try for the Tigers, which stretched the home side’s lead to 12-3. But FNB NWU are fighters and they sprung to life midway through the second half. Dean Stokes scored the visitors’ first try, pulling it back to 12-8.

Lohan Lubbe added three more for FNB UCT before a Johan Retief try and conversion by Hugo had the scores level at 15-15 with just minutes remaining on the clock.

In the dying minutes FB UCT were awarded a penalty, which Lubbe slotted to hand his side victory and four valuable points.  

FNB Player That Rocks: Robert Ball (FNB UCT)

Nyasha Tarusenga, Josh Moon

Cons: Lohan Lubbe
Pens: Lohan Lubbe (2)

Dean Stokes, Johan Retief
Cons: Schalk Hugo
Pens: Schalk Hugo

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