2022 FNB Varsity Cup final trivia

FNB Varsity Cup

All you need to know ahead of Monday's decider at the Danie Craven Stadium.

MATCH TRIVIA

– This will be the 14th FNB Varsity Cup final.

– This will be the eighth FNB Varsity Cup final at the Danie Craven Stadium. All other FNB Varsity Cup venues combined have only hosted six (four at Tuks Stadium, one at Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds and one at Shimla Park).

– Either FNB Maties or FNB UP-Tuks have played in 11 of the previous 13 FNB Varsity Cup finals. There have only been two finals (FNB NWU-Pukke vs FNB UCT Ikeys in 2014 and FNB UFS Shimlas vs FNB NWU-Pukke in 2015) that haven’t featured either of these two sides.

– FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks have won nine FNB Varsity Cup titles between them, with FNB Maties winning five and FNB UP-Tuks winning four.

– This will be the fifth FNB Varsity Cup final between FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks, with FNB UP-Tuks winning three of the previous four.

– This will be the fifth FNB Varsity Cup final between FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks, making it the most played FNB Varsity Cup final fixture. The second most played fixture is FNB Maties vs FNB NWU, who have met three times in the final.

– This will be the first time in FNB Varsity Cup history that neither of the two teams that finished first and second on the league table will appear in the final. It will be the first time that the third- and fourth-place finishers will play each other in the final.

– The home team has won nine of the previous 13 FNB Varsity Cup finals.

– The home team has won the last four FNB Varsity Cup finals, with FNB NWU-Pukke (now the Eagles) being the last away team to win a final when they beat FNB Maties at this venue in 2016.

– Either FNB Maties or FNB UP-Tuks have won each of the last four FNB Varsity Cup finals, with FNB Maties winning in 2018 and 2019 and FNB UP-Tuks winning in 2017 and 2021.

– There has never been a hat-trick scored in an FNB Varsity Cup final. Seven players have scored two tries in a final.

– This will be the 24th FNB Varsity Cup match between FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks, making it the most played fixture in FNB Varsity Cup history.

FNB MATIES TRIVIA 

– FNB Maties will be playing in a record 10th FNB Varsity Cup final.

– If FNB Maties win on Monday night, they will win a record sixth FNB Varsity Cup title.

– If FNB Maties win on Monday night, they will become only the third team to finish third on the league table to go on and win the FNB Varsity Cup title. FNB NWU-Pukke finished third in 2016 and went on to beat FNB Maties in the final, and FNB UP-Tuks finished third in 2021 and went on to beat the FNB UCT Ikeys in the final.

– FNB Maties have won five of the previous nine FNB Varsity Cup finals they played in.

– FNB Maties have never won an FNB Varsity Cup final in which they weren’t leading at half-time. 

– Three of FNB Maties’ four FNB Varsity Cup final defeats came against FNB UP-Tuks, losing in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

– FNB Maties are on a three-game winning streak in the FNB Varsity Cup. 

– FNB Maties are on a six-game winning streak against FNB UP-Tuks at the Danie Craven Stadium. 

– FNB Maties have a 78% winning record in the FNB Varsity Cup, which is the best winning record in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB Maties have won 102 of their previous 131 FNB Varsity Cup matches, making them the only team in FNB Varsity Cup history to have won more than 100 matches.

– FNB Maties have only lost 22 matches in the history of the FNB Varsity Cup, which is the fewest by any of the 11 teams that have competed in the competition.

– FNB Maties have won six of the last seven FNB Varsity Cup matches against FNB UP-Tuks.

– FNB Maties have not lost to FNB UP-Tuks in the FNB Varsity Cup at the Danie Craven Stadium since the 2013 final, winning the last six encounters between the sides at this venue.

HIGHLIGHTS: FNB UP-Tuks vs FNB Maties (Round 1)

– FNB Maties held UP-Tuks to nine points in their match in round one, which is well below the 30.8 average points scored per match by FNB UP-Tuks this season.

– FNB Maties kept FNB UP-Tuks tryless in round one, which was the only match this season in which FNB UP-Tuks failed to score a try.

HIGHLIGHTS: FNB UCT Ikeys vs FNB Maties (Semi-final)

– In the semi-final against the FNB UCT Ikeys, FNB Maties became the first team in FNB Varsity Cup history to exceed 4,500 points scored in the competition 

– The 58 points FNB Maties scored against the FNB UCT Ikeys in the semi-final was the fourth-most points scored by a team in an FNB Varsity Cup semi-final. The record is 65 scored by FNB Maties against FNB Wits in 2018.

– FNB Maties’ 39-point victory against the FNB UCT Ikeys in the semi-final was the third-biggest winning margin in an FNB Varsity Cup semi-final. The record is 47 by FNB Maties against FNB Wits in 2018.

– FNB Maties have an 88% winning record at home in the FNB Varsity Cup, which is the best home record in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB Maties have led at half-time in 70% of their FNB Varsity Cup matches, going on to win 89% of those matches.

– FNB Maties have won 52% of FNB Varsity Cup matches in which they trailed at half-time, making them the only team in FNB Varsity Cup history with a win percentage greater than 50 when trailing at half-time.

– FNB Maties have led at half-time in six of their previous nine FNB Varsity Cup finals, winning five of those matches, with their only defeat in a Varsity Cup final in which they led at half-time coming against FNB UP-Tuks in 2017.

– FNB Maties lost the only FNB Varsity Cup final in which they trailed at half-time, losing against FNB UP-Tuks in 2013.

– FNB Maties lost both previous FNB Varsity Cup finals in which they were level at half-time, losing against FNB UP-Tuks in 2012 and FNB NWU-Pukke in 2016.

– FNB Maties have won 102 FNB Varsity Cup matches, which is more FNB Varsity Cup victories than the FNB CUT Ixias, FNB Madibaz, FNB TUT Vikings, FNB UWC and FNB Wits have combined.

FNB UP-TUKS TRIVIA

– FNB UP-Tuks will be playing in their seventh FNB Varsity Cup final.

– FNB UP-Tuks have won four of the previous six FNB Varsity Cup finals they played in.

– FNB UP-Tuks won three of the previous four FNB Varsity Cup finals between these two sides.

– Three of FNB UP-Tuks’ four FNB Varsity Cup final victories came against FNB Maties, in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

– If FNB UP-Tuks win on Monday night, they will become the first team in FNB Varsity Cup history to finish fourth on the league table to win the FNB Varsity Cup title.

– If FNB UP-Tuks win on Monday night, they will equal FNB Maties’ record five FNB Varsity Cup titles.

– This will be FNB UP-Tuks’ third FNB Varsity Cup final away from home, with both previous finals also coming at the Danie Craven Stadium, when they beat FNB Maties in 2013 and lost to FNB Maties in 2019.

– FNB UP-Tuks have not beaten FNB Maties in the FNB Varsity Cup at the Danie Craven Stadium since they beat them in the 2013 final.

– FNB UP-Tuks’ 39-point victory against FNB Maties in the 2013 FNB Varsity Cup final at this venue was the biggest winning margin in an FNB Varsity Cup final.

– FNB UP-Tuks are on a two-game winning streak in the FNB Varsity Cup.

HIGHLIGHTS: FNB UFS Shimlas vs FNB UP-Tuks (Semi-final)

– FNB UP-Tuks have won 78 of their previous 127 FNB Varsity Cup matches, which is the second-most victories for a team in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB UP-Tuks have a 61% winning record in the FNB Varsity Cup, which is the second-best winning record in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB UP-Tuks have a 57% winning record on the road in the FNB Varsity Cup, which is the second-best away record in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB UP-Tuks have led at half-time in 52% of their FNB Varsity Cup matches, going on to win 83% of those matches.

– FNB UP-Tuks have won 35% of their FNB Varsity Cup matches when trailing at half-time, which is the second-best winning percentage when trailing at half-time in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– FNB UP-Tuks won two of the previous three FNB Varsity Cup finals in which they led at half-time, with their only defeat when leading at half-time coming against the FNB UCT Ikeys in 2011.

– FNB UP-Tuks won one of the previous two FNB Varsity Cup finals in which they trailed at half-time, beating FNB Maties in 2017 and losing to FNB Maties in 2019.

– FNB UP-Tuks won the only previous FNB Varsity Cup final in which they were level at half-time, beating FNB Maties in 2013.

MATIES PLAYER TRIVIA

– FNB Maties hooker Sean Swart is the top try-scorer in the FNB Varsity Cup this season with 12 tries.

– Swart needs one more try to break the FNB Varsity Cup single-season try-scoring record. He is currently tied with hooker Janus Venter who scored 12 tries for the FNB CUT Ixias in 2021.

– Swart's 12 tries this season is the most by an FNB Maties player in an FNB Varsity Cup season, breaking the previous record of 10 set by Duncan Saal in 2018.

– Swart scored a hat-trick in the semi-final against the FNB UCT Ikeys.

– FNB Maties fullback/flyhalf Nevaldo Fleurs is the top point-scorer in the FNB Varsity Cup this season with 100 points.

– Fleurs' 100 points is the third-most by an FNB Maties player in an FNB Varsity Cup season.

– FNB Maties tighthead prop Matimu Manganyi will be playing in his 41st FNB Varsity Cup match (FNB NWU Eagles and FNB Maties), tying Craig Barry (FNB Maties) and Gary Porter (FNB UCT Ikeys) for the third-most appearances by a player in FNB Varsity Cup history.

– Fleurs scored 19 points in the semi-final against the FNB UCT Ikeys, which is tied for the fifth-most points scored by a player in an FNB Varsity Cup semi-final.

– FNB Maties hooker Chris Rossouw is the son of 1995 World Cup-winning hooker Chris Rossouw.

– Sibabalwe Xamlashe is the younger brother of Griquas and former FNB UP-Tuks centre Sango Xamlashe.

– FNB Maties wing Anton du Toit is the younger brother of Springbok flank Pieter-Steph du Toit and Stormers flank Johan du Toit.

UP-TUKS PLAYER TRIVIA

– Utility back Stefan Coetzee is the top point-scorer for FNB UP-Tuks in the FNB Varsity Cup this season with 49 points.

– FNB UP-Tuks scrumhalf Bernard van der Linde’s six tries this season is tied for the fourth-most tries by an FNB UP-Tuks player in an FNB Varsity Cup season.

– FNB UP-Tuks flank Stephan Smit and hooker Werner Fourie will be playing in their third FNB Varsity Cup final, becoming the 21st and 22nd players in FNB Varsity Cup history to do so. Both played in the 2019 and 2021 finals for FNB UP-Tuks.

– Coetzee scored 19 points in the semi-final against FNB UFS-Shimlas, which is tied for the fifth-most points scored by a player in an FNB Varsity Cup semi-final.

– Clyde Lewis has played scrumhalf, flyhalf and fullback for FNB UP-Tuks this season.

FNB VARSITY CUP FINAL RESULTS

2008: FNB Maties 16 FNB UCT Ikeys 10
2009: FNB Maties 11 FNB NWU-Pukke 6
2010: FNB Maties 17 FNB UCT Ikeys 14
2011: FNB UCT Ikeys 26 FNB UP-Tuks 16
2012: FNB UP-Tuks 29 FNB Maties 21
2013: FNB UP-Tuks 44 FNB Maties 5
2014: FNB UCT Ikeys 39 FNB NWU-Pukke 33
2015: FNB UFS Shimlas 63 FNB NWU-Pukke 33
2016: FNB NWU-Pukke 7 FNB Maties 6
2017: FNB UP-Tuks 28 FNB Maties 21
2018: FNB Maties 40 FNB NWU-Pukke 7
2019: FNB Maties 34 FNB UP-Tuks 12
2021: FNB UP-Tuks 34 FNB UCT Ikeys