VarsityCup.co.za content contributors Dan Lombard and Bronwen Bain select the standout players from Monday’s matches at Loftus Versfeld.
JUAN MOSTERT (FNB MATIES)
The fleet-footed fullback was in tip-top shape against the FNB Madibaz, scoring a brace of tries that included a sizzling point-of-origin effort in the last play of the first half. His performance duly earned him the FNB Player that Rocks award.
Stratus stats Tries: 2 Ball carries: 10 Metres run: 151 Metres gained: 102 Line breaks: 1 General play kicks: 5 Tackles: 3/6
EVARDI BOSHOFF (FNB UCT IKEYS)
The Ikey Tigers centre only played 56 minutes of their match against FNB UWC, but his performance was enough to earn him the Player That Rocks accolade. Boshoff is a strong ball-carrier with excellent handling skills. He scored a try and was instrumental in the build-up to others, with his brilliant offload putting scrumhalf Kyle Bowman away for the first of his hat-trick.
Stratus stats Tries: 1 Ball carries: 10 Metres run: 95 Metres gained: 47 Offloads: 2 Tackles: 4/4
LUNDI MSENGE (FNB UWC)
Msenge scored two point-of-origin tries for Udubs, which more than made up for the yellow card he received early in the second half. The winger put his hand up whenever his team needed him during his 70-minute stint, making all eight of his tackles.
Stratus stats Tries: 2 Ball carries: 11 Metres run: 157 Metres gained: 78 Offloads: 1 Tackles: 8/8
ETIENNE JANEKE (FNB UP-TUKS)
The replacement tighthead prop put in a solid 35 minutes against FNB UFS Shimlas, scoring two tries, the second of which helped FNB UP-Tuks to level the scores at 39-39 and set the stage for fullback Zander du Plessis’ match-winning penalty. He was also influential on defence, making all six of his tackles.
Stratus stats Tries: 2 Ball carries: 5 Metres run: 105 Metres gained: 25 Tackles: 6/6 Dominant tackles: 1
DANCO BURGER (FNB UFS SHIMLAS)
The inside centre, who has played for Namibia U20, was in fine form as his effective running lines and devastating ability on defence caused a great deal of frustration for FNB UP-Tuks. Burger’s first try helped get his side back into the game, while his second was scored from halfway early in the second half.
Stratus stats Tries: 2 Ball carries: 6 Metres run: 98 Metres gained: 59 Tackles made: 9/9
Photos: Christiaan Kotze/Catherine Kotze/Varsity Cup