VarsityCup.co.za content contributors Dan Lombard and Bronwen Bain select the standout players from Friday’s matches at Loftus Versfeld.
LARO DELPORT (FNB TUT VIKINGS)
The powerful hooker was in rampant form against 2021 finalists FNB WSU as he played to the ball, ensuring that he was a nuisance on the deck, while also bagging a brace. Under his captaincy, the Vikings secured a fifth win from six matches.
SIBONGILE NOVUKA (FNB UKZN IMPI)
The FNB UKZN flyhalf enjoyed a perfect night with the boot, slotting four conversions and four penalty goals in their 40-33 win against the FNB UFH Blues. With the Impi being outscored by five tries to four, Novuka’s boot proved to be the difference.
MERLIN DU PLESSIS (FNB UFH BLUES)
The Blues scrumhalf provided flyhalf Keith Chiwara with quick service, was a threat around the fringes and crossed for his team’s first try in the 14th minute of the match.
SIMELELA MBANZI (FNB RHODES)
Mbanzi scored two late tries in the space of two minutes against the FNB DUT Rhinos, showcasing his ability to not only break the line but power on through. His midfield channel was well defended and he can look back at his 2021 performances in the purple and white hoops with pride.
CAMERON MARAIS (FNB RHODES)
Marais' second-minute try set the stage for the Stallions to run free as if they’d suddenly found themselves on the plain of the Northern Cape! The winger was a near constant threat down the touchline and not afraid to search for work. He ran strong supporting lines and was solid on defence.
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