VarsityCup.co.za content contributors Dan Lombard and Bronwen Bain select the standout players from Tuesday’s matches at Tuks Stadium.
BRANDT FIELDS (FNB UFH BLUES)
Fields had a field day against the FNB DUT Rhinos. He not only scored a brace of tries and kicked six conversions but also gave up a hat-trick in a moment of selflessness to ensure outside centre Keith Chiwara got his. Potent on defence and deadly on attack, the winger is certainly a valuable asset to the Blues.
KEITH CHIWARA (FNB UFH BLUES)
The outside centre was in fine form against the Rhinos where his direct running and supporting lines earned him a hat-trick. On defence, he managed his channel in the midfield effectively, constantly thwarting any inkling of attack from a lacklustre FNB DUT outfit.
LUSANDA XAKWANA (FNB TUT VIKINGS)
The Vikings flyhalf is the top point-scorer in this year’s FNB Varsity Shield (88) and has been nominated for both the Overall Player That Rocks and Backline Player That Rocks awards. On Tuesday, he added 15 points to his tally by scoring a try and slotting five conversions.
LARO DELPORT (FNB TUT VIKINGS)
The Vikings forward is one of the most versatile players in the competition. He started their match against FNB UFH at No 8, before scrumming down at hooker in the second half. Delport scored his side’s first try and nailed his lineouts with pin-point accuracy.
ASEKHO MARUBELELA (FNB WSU ALL BLACKS)
The 20-year-old lock is truly destined for higher honours as his aggressive and barnstorming runs almost always give the All Blacks forward momentum. He regularly breaches the tryline, twice against top-of-the-table FNB CPUT, and coupled with his work rate on the paddock, it came as no surprise when he walked away with the FNB Player that Rocks award.