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FNB Varsity Cup - Players who impressed - Round 4

Updated: Mar 13

There is a clear picture at the halfway mark of the 2024 FNB Varsity Cup which four teams are most likely to advance to the play-offs. FNB UFS Shimlas occupy the top spot on the log with defending champions FNB NWU Eagles in second. The Western Cape is well-represented with FNB UCT Ikeys in third and FNB Maties in fourth.  


Here are some of the standout players from round 4. 


Ethan Wentzel (FNB UFS Shimlas) 

It has taken Ethan Wentzel a couple of seasons to show his potential and in the last two games, he stepped up big time. In the victory against FNB UWC, his kicking game off the tee was spot on. The Shimlas flyhalf was also solid on defence and he ran the Shimlas backline like a true general. 

High School: Hoërskool Centurion  

Provincial representation: U18 Academy Week 

Ntobeko Shezi (FNB NWU)  

From his position as tighthead prop, Ntobeko Shezi dominated the set pieces against FNB Wits, driving his team forward with his force and relentless strength. He showed immense physicality in the scrums and mauls to help his team maintain control. In both attack and defence, he crushed the Wits lines.  

High School: Hoërskool President 

Provincial representation: Provincial U20/21 


De Wet Marais (FNB Maties) 

De Wet Marais put in a sterling performance and was deservedly named man of the match in the victory over FNB UJ. The eight-man was a thorn in the flesh of the Orange Army with his physical approach and strong carries. His hard work was rewarded with two well-taken tries. According to Maties head coach Kabamba Floors Marais showed what he is capable of and grabbed his opportunities with both hands. 

High School: Grey College 

Provincial representation: U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week, U18 Craven Week, SA Schools, Provincial U19, Provincial U20/21, Currie Cup (Premier and/or 1st Division) 


Riaan Genis (FNB UCT Ikeys) 

Riaan Genis was instrumental in most of the tries Ikeys scored against FNB CUT. The scrumhalf also crossed the whitewash to dot down for his five-pointer. It was no surprise that he was happy with his performance: "I work hard at training and that shows in a match. I am very happy that we have achieved in all our home games this season … we just have to keep the momentum going."


High School: Paarl Boys’ High 

Provincial representation: U13 Craven Week, Provincial U19, Currie Cup (Premier and/or 1st Division) 


For next week’s fixtures, click HERE.  



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