FNB CPUT find their groove to oust FNB TUT

FNB Varsity Shield

FNB CPUT kickstarted their season at the second time of asking on Friday by dispatching FNB TUT 34-15 in the nation's capital.

The visitors to TUT Stadium managed to score five tries while the Vikings could only muster two in hot and humid conditions accentuated by the rain earlier in the evening.

TUT coach Kaya Malotana would have been pleased with his charges' start when flyhalf Lusanda Xakwana slotted a penalty two minutes into the game. That, however, was the last time in the first half that TUT's side of the scoreboard changed.

Instead, CPUT took charge, and all but made sure that the four points for the win would be heading with them back to Cape Town. Feghon-Leigh Snyders was the first visitor to score, when he levelled matters with a penalty of his own after 11 minutes. Xakwana then missed anoher penalty attempt, before hooker Bekithemba Gqibithole and scrumhalf George-Lee Erasmus scored tries in quick succession either side of the half-hour mark. Randy Brinkhuis then added another shortly before half-time with all three being converted to give the 'Tekkies' a convincing 24-3 lead at the break.

TUT were dealt a double injury blow in the first half, as first openside flanker Rhudi Pretorius and then hooker Junior Kwinda left the field - disruptions to the Vikings' gameplan which they didn't need.

Be that as it may, the ystarted the second half the better team and deservely scored first through a try by lock Anré O'Neill, with Xakwana knocking over the conversion.

Any thoughts of mounting a comeback were shortlived. CPUT held TUT at bay for about 10 minutes, before Erasmus scored his second try and then leftwinger Keenan Williams sped over (both unconverted) to extend CPUT's lead to 24 points with 15 minutes left to play. 

When TUT's leftwinger Wandile Shabalala was then sent to the Afkoelstoel by referee Johre Botha, further punishment might have been expected for his teammates. However, Xakwana was to have the final say in the game as he dotted down (but missed the attempt at adding two more points).

TUT will, undoubtedly, have much to think about during their bye week next up. Meanwhile CPUT will be back on the road – to Pietermaritzburg – where they will face an FNB UKZN smarting at their season-opening defeat and the inability to put it right immediately (owing to their bye this week).

Awards
FNB Player That Rocks: George-Lee Erasmus (FNB CPUT)
Steers Kinging Moment: Randy Brinkhuis (FNB CPUT)

Scorers
FNB TUT: 15 (3)

Tries: Anré O’Neill, Lusanda Xakwana
Conversion: Lusanda Xakwana
Penalty: Lusanda Xakwana

FNB CPUT: 34 (24)
Tries: Bekithemba Gqibithole, George-Lee Erasmus 2, Randy Brinkhuis, Keenan Williams
Conversions: Feghon-Leigh Snyders 3
Penalties: Feghon-Leigh Snyders

Teams
FNB TUT:
1 Andile Ngonyama, 2 Joseph Kwinda, 3 Jakobus Roos, 4 Gerhardus van der Westhuizen, 5 Handro Horn (captain), 6 Rhudi Pretorius, 7 Anré O'Neill, 8 Laro Delport, 9 Michael Jacobs, 10 Lusanda Xakwana, 11 Wandile Shabalala, 12 Nhlalala Sithole, 13 Nathan Nienaber, 14 Musawenkosi Sili, 15 Mfundo Gumede.
Replacements: 16 Lebokgang Siphiwo, 17 Lawrence Nong, 18 Goabaona Mokone, 19 Kazadi Mukendi, 20 Samuel Ntsoeleng, 21 Thando Khawula, 22 Nyakallo Masitha, 23 Melusi Ndwandwe.
Coach: Kaya Malotana

FNB CPUT: 1 De-Angelo Williams, 2 Bekithemba Gqibithole, 3 Jacques-Lynn Josephus, 4 Carlo van Greunen, 5 Shaurick Blom, 6 Butsha Mputa (captain), 7 Muller van der Westhuizen, 8 Siyasanga Ngubelanga, 9 George-Lee Erasmus, 10 Feghon-Leigh Snyders, 11 Keenan Williams, 12 Jared Manus, 13 Nathan Mbele, 14 Mueez Damon, 15 Randy Brinkhuis.
Replacements: 16 Lucien Phillips, 17 Onika Mgijima, 18 Phumlani Mkhaliphi, 19 Bradley van Boven, 20 Roland van der Heever, 21 Peter Sauls, 22 Denzil Douries, 23 Tauriq Gamieldien.
Coach: Alastair Theys