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FNB Varsity Cup - Players who impressed - Round 3

Only two points separate the four teams at the top of the 2024 FNB Varsity Cup log after round 3. FNB UFS Shimlas sit pretty at number one after their victory over defending champions FNB NWU Eagles. The Eagles, FNB Wits and FNB UCT Ikeys round out the top four.  


Here are some of the standout players from round 3. 


Neel Volschenk (FNB UFS Shimlas)  

The flanker has shone in all the departments in the Shimlas’ back-to-back victories over the last two weeks. Even though flyhalf Ethan Wentzel probably had his best game in a Shimlas jersey, it was Volschenk’s high work rate that was instrumental in the victory over the NWU Eagles.  

High School: Grey College 

Provincial representation: U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week, Provincial U19, Provincial U20/21, Currie Cup  


Juan Mostert (FNB Maties) 

Following a slow start to the match against former log leaders Wits in Stellenbosch, it was a piece of individual brilliance by Mostert in the second half that saw Maties edge ahead to seal an important victory. His try, one conversion and two penalties ultimately were the difference and also got him the Player That Rocks accolade.  

High School: Paul Roos Gimnasium  

Provincial representation: U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week, U18 Craven Week, SA Schools, Provincial U19, Provincial U20/21, Currie Cup, International, United Rugby Championship, Heineken Cup 


Ntokozo Makhaza (FNB UCT Ikeys) 

The winger contributed 19 points for Ikeys (try, four conversions, two penalties) in their victory over FNB UJ. He was clearly delighted with his contribution on a wet and windy night in the Mother City. “We had a good game, conditions suited us the best …  It’s always nice to stay composed and focused at all times despite any conditions. I have been practising the kicks at training trying to always stay up and high. I am happy that I can contribute massively to my team.” 

High School: Northwood School  

Provincial representation: U18 Craven Week 


Liam Prinsloo (FNB CUT)  

The outside centre was in destructive form in the midfield and pivotal on attack in slippery and wet-under-foot conditions in Cape Town. He was rewarded for his efforts when he scored CUT’s third try which put the game out of the reach of FNB UWC. He also effected a turnover on his try line deep in the second half, a testament to his never-give-up attitude. 

High School: Maritzburg College 

Provincial representation: U18 Academy Week, Provincial U19, Provincial U20/21. 



For next week’s fixtures, click HERE.  

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