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FNB Varsity Cup - Players who impressed - Round 5

At the halfway mark of the 2024 FNB Varsity Cup competition, a clear gap is beginning to develop between the top and bottom half of the log. Defending champions NWU Eagles, FNB UFS Shimlas, FNB Maties and FNB UCT Ikeys seem to be heading towards the semi-finals with the only question – who will be hosting who, and where.  


Here are some of the standout players from round 5. 


Zane Bester (FNB UFS Shimlas) 

Zane won the battle of the Bester boeties when he scored two point-of-origin tries in Shimlas’ comprehensive victory over brother Zachary’s FNB CUT Ixias. He nearly dotted down for a hat trick, but it was not to be. The UFS outside centre was rock solid on defence while showing a blistering pace on the attack. 

High School: Hoërskool Jim Fouche 

Provincial representation: U13 Craven Week, U18 Academy Week 


Marvelous Mahimbyi (FNB NWU Eagles)  

Just as his name implies, Marvelous Mahimbyi was marvellous for the Eagles in their victory over FNB UJ. The number eight scored four tries and had a massive impact, especially in the set pieces which was a contributing factor to the win as his team is looking forward to defending their title successfully.  

High School: Hoërskool Ben Vorster 

Provincial representation: U18 Craven Week, Provincial U20/21, Currie Cup (Premier and/or 1st Division) 


DeWet Marais (FNB Maties) 

DeWet Marais made a few telling metres and capitalised in the second half when the Maroon Machine ran away victors in the Cape derby against FNB UWC. The number eight ran hard at the opposition and was a vital link in the midfield when Maties were on the attack. Marais ignited the fire among his pack of forwards in a match that started rather slow for Maties. He was rewarded for his efforts with two tries. 

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) 


Ntokozo Makhaza (FNB UCT Ikeys) 

After leading 28-10 at half-time against FNB Wits, UCT had to settle for a draw when the Orange Army staged a massive comeback in the latter half of the match. Ntokozo Makhaza kept Ikeys in the match with his boot and looked threatening when he had the ball in hand. His agility and speed are some of his strongest attributes while he also has a great defensive game, ready to make the chase and put in the tackles when necessary.  

High School: Northwood School 

Provincial representation: U18 Craven Week 


For next week’s fixtures, click HERE.  

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