The battle for second spot on the FNB Varsity Shield 2019-2020 combined log, and a chance at promotion, between defending champions FNB CPUT and FNB WSU will be one of the highlights of the business-end of the varsity rugby season.
FNB Madibaz have all but secured first spot on the combined log over the last two seasons which will win them automatic promotion to the FNB Varsity Cup for 2021. The boys from Port Elizabeth have amassed a total of 46 log points over the 2019 and 2020 seasons with CPUT and WSU in second and third place on 35 points each.
The Capetonians are only second at this stage because of a superior points difference. Other than that, there’s nothing to choose from with both teams having played 10 games, won 7 and lost three over the two-year period. Both teams – and Madibaz – have two league commitments (CPUT vs FNB Rhodes and FNB UFH while WSU have FNB UKZN and Rhodes) and a bye over the next three weeks.
The team who secures second spot will not only have a crack at winning this season's Varsity Shield title [second has done so four times in the previous nine seasons!] but also have another bite at the cherry when they play the team who ends 8th (of the nine teams) n the FNB Varsity Cup over the 2019-2020 combined log in a promotion/relegation game. The team who finds themselves in the 9th position on the Varsity Cup combined log over the two seasons, will be automatically relegated to the Varsity Shield for 2021.
The team who come out on top after 80 minutes in the promotion/relegation match will play in the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup whilst the loser will have to settle for a spot in the FNB Varsity Shield (which CUT and WSU both joined in 2017).
So, all in all, we are heading into a very interesting period for both the FNB Varsity Cup and the FNB Varsity Shield with not only cups and cash up for grabs but also spots in the coveted FNB Varsity Cup. We may very well have a case or two where we find calculators in pink shorts in the next few weeks…