VarsityCup.co.za content contributors Bronwen Bain and Dan Lombard select the standout players from the opening round of the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup.
COHEN JASPER (FNB CUT IXIAS)
The 20-year-old fullback’s performance against FNB UJ was as impressive as his try celebrations! Although FNB CUT relied heavily on their forward pack against FNB UJ, Jasper – renowned for his pace and attacking ability – scored two brilliant tries to secure an exceptional win for the Bloemfontein side.
Running metres: 115 (gained 55)
Tackles made: 5
Kicks in general play: 2
ALEX-ZANDER DU PLESSIS (FNB UP-TUKS)
Du Plessis walked away with the FNB Player that Rocks award after FNB UP-Tuks beat FNB Wits, largely thanks to his impressive boot. A menace at fullback, his goal-kicking kept his charges within a hair of FNB Wits before four-second half tries sealed their victory. Du Plessis was successful with all 10 of his goal kicks to finish with a 26-point haul.
Running metres: 33 (gained 25)
Penalty goals: 6
CONAN LE FLEUR (FNB NWU EAGLES)
Le Fleur scored the FNB NWU Eagles’ first try in their win against the FNB Madibaz, throwing a dummy before powering his way over the line. The former SA Schools centre is an exciting prospect for the Potchefstroom side. He is good at finding space and his brute strength brings another dimension to a young but promising backline.
Running metres: 73 (gained 28)
GILROY LEE PHILANDER (FNB UWC)
The dreadlocked paceman showed his attacking prowess for Udubs with two point-of-origin tries during their thrilling 28-28 draw with FNB UFS Shimlas. His defensive capabilities are equally as sharp and he provides the complete package for FNB UWC.
Running metres: 69 (gained 47)
Tackles made: 5
JAMES TEDDER (FNB UCT IKEYS)
The FNB UCT flyhalf set up his team’s first try against FNB Maties with a pin-point cross-kick and he marshalled the game superbly for them in general. While he missed a couple of goal-kicks, he was successful with four (including a long-range penalty) as the Ikey Tigers claimed an impressive 26-20 win.
Running metres: 94
Kicks in general play: 17
Successful goal kicks: 4
Tackles made: 9
Photos: Christiaan Kotze/Catherine Kotze/Varsity Cup