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MATCHDAY 4 WRAP: Exciting victory for CPUT; UWC, UFH and TUT win big

Updated: Mar 23, 2023


The match between FNB Madibaz and FNB CPUT at the Madibaz Stadion will go down as one of the most classic encounters in the history of the Varsity Shield. In the end, it was the visitors who turned a 19-point deficit at halftime into a 35-32 victory over the home team.

When Madibaz got off to a near-perfect start against CPUT thanks to three unanswered tries in the first 20 minutes, it looked as though it might be a long afternoon for their visitors from the Cape. Umna Tokwe, Leon van der Merwe and Endinako Kuse all crossed the whitewash to the delight of the home fans.

But CPUT, neck and neck on the log with Madibaz before this game, showed why they are an outfit to be reckoned with in the competition and through a slick backline move put Caine Stadler in for their first try.

It proved to be just what CPUT needed as they were a changed unit in the second half. Front-rower Soyama Ngceke was particularly strong and got just a reward with his two tries.

Madibaz refused to take it lying down though and brought the match back on a knife edge thanks to a try by replacement Kyle Erasmus. Towards the end, it was anyone’s game for the taking, but Keenan Williams’ late try for CPUT put the result beyond doubt in an absolute humdinger.

FNB Madibaz: 32 (26) – Tries: Umna Tokwe, Leon van der Merwe, Endinako Kuse, Kehan Myburg, Kyle Erasmus. Conversions: Chadwyn November (2). Penalties: Chadwyn November (1)

FNB CPUT: 35 (7) – Tries: Caine Stadler, Soyama Ngceke (2), Roland van der Heever, Keenan Williams. Conversions: Oyintando Maseti (4), Ryan George (1).

FNB Player That Rocks: Kehan Myburg.

FNB Madibaz: 15 Myburg Kehan, 14 Bophi Khakalethu Alivadon, 13 Franks Enrique Linley, 12 Delport Troy, 11 Maku Liyabona, 10 November Chadwyn Ronaldo, 9 Mavuso Mpumelelo Solani, 8 Van der Merwe Leon, 7 Solomon Mekyle, 6 Hlupheko Mzwakhe Kevin,

5 Kachungunu Christopher Cikuru, 4 Tokwe Umna, 3 Kuse Endinako, 2 Dladla Yolisa, 1 Nortje Marco.

FNB CPUT: 15 Stadler Caine Martin, 14 Hartogh Heinrico Keastin, 13 Tole Sicelo, 12 Maseti Oyintando, 11 Williams Keenan, 10 Alexander Darren, 9 George Ryan Me-Kyle George, 8 van der Heever Roland Leonard, 7 Solomons Keanan Matteo, 6 Zono Ayabulela, 5 Woji Lwando, 4 Salman Anenceba, 3 Mafenyana Masivuye, 2 Shasha Duke (Shakes), 1 Ngceke Soyama.


Three tries in the opening 20 minutes ensured a solid 47-12 for FNB UWC over FNB WSU at UWC Sports Stadium.

The men from Bellville raced to a substantial 28-0 lead at halftime courtesy of four tries by Will Vraagom, Riaan van der Merwe, Zhaun-Jacques Brynard, and Elkan Willemse. Conwill Conradie was successful with all the conversions.

UWC was running rampant with players like Conradie, Willemse, and flank forward Romuald Nsombamanya gaining quality ball for the home side. The team from East London had very little possession in the opening 40 minutes.

It was much of the same in the first quarter of the second half, with UWC exploiting the gaps in the WSU defensive lines.

Simthembile Zozi and Lisolethu Valisi got the only points for WSU minutes before the second strategy break. Valisi succeeded with one of his conversions.

With the victory, UWC has consolidated their position at the top of the log while WSU remains winless after four games.

FNB UWC 47 (28) – Tries: Will Vraagom, Riaan van der Merwe, Zhaun-Jacques Brynard, Elkan Willemse, Mauritz Swart, Bilaal Moerat, Matthew Stephens Conversions: Conwill Conradie (6).

FNB WSU 12 (0) – Tries: Simthembile Zozi, Lisolethu Valisi. Conversion: Valisi.

FNB Player That Rocks: Liam Tattersal (UWC)

FNB UWC: 15 Mynhardt Tasriq, 14 Vraagom Will, 13 Brynard Zhaun-Jacques, 12 Breda Bryan John, 11 Ncana Hlomla, 10 Willemse Elkan, 9 Conradie Conwill Brooklyn (Bolla),

8 Magerman Zinzan, 7 Moerat Bilaal, 6 Kuilders Almore, 5 van der Merwe Carel, 4 Tattersal Liam, 3 van der Merwe Riaan Jacubus, 2 Swart Mauritz, 1 Lamprecht Christian Johan.

FNB WSU: 15 Tshayi Lukhangele, 14 Nondlwana Bulelani Amyoli, 13 Sondishe Awonke,

12 Jali Lisolethu, 11 Zozi Simthembile, 10 Klaasen Maxwell, 9 Ngcetane Lithemba, 8 Mkwayimba Sandisiwe, 7 Mandes Pernell Mervian, 6 Solani Khanya, 5 Tetani Kamva, 4 Mampunye Lutho, 3 Adonisi Sithembiso, 2 Zixesha Mangaliso, 1 Spelt Ayabonga Masivuye.


FNB UFH got the defence of their Varsity Shield title back on track with an emphatic 45-0 victory over FNB Rhodes at the Davidson Stadium. The result will no doubt boost the confidence of the Blues to make the playoffs and contest for a second successive crown.

Even though they dominated most facets of the play, it was slow going in the first half for the home team. A penalty from Merlin du Plessis opened the scoring before a try by Kamvelihle Gcweka, converted by Du Plessis, took the score to 10-0 at halftime.

UFH threw down the gauntlet in the second half with Rhodes playing catchup. Jodwana Lathi-Tha Jodwana’s yellow card didn’t help and the Blues took full advantage. It started raining tries for the defending champions with Ayabulela Xhosana, Du Plessis, Salisiwe Gxekwa (2) and Khonaye Mbakaza crossing the line. Du Plessis was successful with all the conversions and was deservedly named the Player That Rocks.

FNB UFH 45 (10) – Tries: Kamvelihle Gcweka, Ayabulela Xhosana, Salisiwe Gxekwa (2), Khonaye Mbakaza, Merlin du Plessis. Conversations: Du Plessis (6). Penalties: Du Plessis (3)

FNB Rhodes 0 (0).

FNB Player That Rocks: Merlin du Plessis (UFH)

FNB UFH: 15 Sidloyi Apiwe, 14 Bathu Mziyabulela, 13 Maree Ryan Kelly, 12 Baleni Yonela Sibusiso, 11 Mdladlana Lilitha M. Lunika, 10 Wannies Ru-Ché, 9 du Plessis Merlin

8 Xhosana Ayabulela, 7 Gcweka Kamvelihle, 6 Tosholwana Lukhanyiso (Jiji), 5 Nqotyana Cinga, 4 Moyo Walter Benjamim, 3 Mbasa Babele, 2 Fatyela Kamvelihle, 1 Nzima Mesuli S. Samkele.

FNB Rhodes: 15 Momberg Callum, 14 Kandengwa Tatenda, 13 Sonanze Ethan,

12 Maisela Samkelo, 11 Ngantweni Simamekele, 10 Mabodla Siyolise, 9 Goliath Ethan,

8 Jodwana Lathi-Tha, 7 Makalima Sonqoba Magaliso, 6 Hermanus Jadé, 5 Jako Qhama, 4 Dambuza David Junior Sibuvile, 3 Ralo Sinolwazingekamvalakhe, 2 Isaacs Loyiso, 1 Nene Kwanele.


After last week’s drubbing by FNB UWC at home in Pretoria, FNB TUT scored an impressive 50-10 away win over FNB UKZN in Durban.

The visitors didn’t waste any time to get on the scoreboard as fullback Jamie Felix finished off a beautiful move for the first of his two tries. The home team responded immediately through Juan-Daniels McArthur with Jarred Nicholls converting. Nichols also added a penalty.

Tries by Olwethu Pence and Jandre Van Zyl, and Felix’s second, stretched TUT’s lead at halftime to 26-10.

Having identified UKZN’s weakness in physicality and line-out distributions, TUT were on fire in the second 40 minutes with Van Zyl dotting down two more times and Joseph Kaunda and Sandile Robinson also getting their names on the scoresheet.

An inconsistent conversion rate didn’t matter much for the visitors as they completed a successful demolition of UKZN.

FNB UKZN 10 (10) – Tries: Juan-Daniels McArthur. Conversion: Jarred Nicholls.

Penalty: Nicholls.

FNB TUT 50 (26) – Tries: Jamie Felix (2), Olwethu Prence, Jandre Van Zyl (3), Joseph Kaunda, Sandile Robinson. Conversion: Dieter Groenewald (5).

FNB Player That Rocks: Dieter Groenewalt (TUT)

FNB UKZN: 15 Ngcamu Minenhle Mfanelo, 14 Zulu Zamakuhle, 13 Coetzee Trent, 12 Mkhize Singile, 11 Adendorf Devandre Sivuyiseni, 10 Nicholls Jarryd, 9 Cele Thando Sphesihle, 8 Mazhindu Tinotenda, 7 Watkins Damien, 6 Bishop Merlyn Joshua Bishop,

5 Goliath Bevan, 4 Mathonsi Ntlankanipho, 3 Walker Uli, 2 Ndimande Siphosethu Siyanda, 1 Maseko Benjamin.

FNB TUT: 15 Felix Jamie, 14 Mene Lutho, 13 Langa Malcolm, 12 Groenewald Dieter,

11 Robinson Joshua Sandile Robinson, 10 Koza Ayabulela, 9 Prence Olwethu Munga Prence, 8 Skosana Rowane Ntokozo, 7 Franse Danel, 6 Mapungwana Kokutenda, 5 Turner Raniel Andrew, 4 Kibongo Guy-Flaury, 3 Mokone Goabaona, 2 van Zyl Jandre, 1 Nong Lawrence.



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