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MATCHDAY 5 WRAP: UWC still unbeaten; Madibaz, UFH eyeing semi-finals

Updated: Mar 23, 2023


FNB UWC outplayed hosts FNB CPUT in Belville and won the Cape derby 31-10. The home side managed a single penalty in the first half with UWC running in three tries to head into the break with a comfortable 17-3 lead.

The win means UWC consolidated their number one spot atop the Varsity Shield log after both sides went into the round 5 fixture unbeaten.

No points were scored in the first 20 minutes. A single penalty via the boot of Oyintando Maseti was the only first-half points for Alastair Theys' men while UWC ran in three tries.

For UWC, the tries come quickly and fast after the strategic break. Hlomla Ncana, Franco Ceasar, and Bilaal Moerat all scored.

At the start of the second half, the 2018 Varsity Shield champions picked up where they left when Almore Kuilders went over for the bonus point try.

For the next 15 minutes, it was all CPUT as the 2022 finalists stretched the UWC defensive lines, but it held. A series of clinical errors by the home side however prevented them from converting any of the pressure into points.

Despite a late surge and a consolation try by Dwayne Atkins, UWC retain their unbeaten record and secured a convincing victory.

FNB CPUT 10 (3) – Try: Dwayne Atkins. Conversion: Oyintando Maseti Penalty: Maseti

FNB UWC 31 (17) – Tries: Hlomla Ncana, Franco Ceasar, Bilaal Moerat, Almore Kuilders, Louan De Lange. Conversions: Conwill Conradie (3)

FNB Player That Rocks: Conwill Conradie (UWC)

FNB CPUT: 15 Stadler Caine Martin, 14 Atkins Dwayne, 13 Tole Sicelo, 12 Maseti Oyintando Honour, 11 Williams Keenan, 10 Alexander Darren Ewaan, 9 Engelbrecht Hugan, 8 van der Heever Roland Leonard, 7 Zono Ayabulela, 6 Solomons Keanan Matteo, 5 Woji Lwando, 4 Salman Anenceba, 3 Mafenyana Masivuye, 2 Shasha Duke (Shakes), 1 Ngceke Soyama Sinesethu.

FNB UWC: 15 Diston Ethan, 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 Jnr, 5 van der Merwe Carel, 4 Tattersal Liam, 3 Ceasar Franco Lee, 2 Swart Mauritz, 1 Lamprecht Christian Johan.


Defending champions FNB UFH cruised past a struggling FNB UKZN as they scored four tries for a 31-3 victory at the Howard College Stadium.

UFH didn’t waste any time to get on the scoreboard as fly-half Merlin du Plessis landed a penalty. And then the Blue Army relentlessly tested the home side’s defence with wave-after-wave attacks. They finally broke through when Bantu Simane finished off a lovely team move right before the first-half strategy break. Then it was the turn of Ryan Maree to cross the try-line. Du Plessis converted both tries to give the visitors a 17-0 lead at halftime.

There was consolation for UKZN when Jarryd Nicholls landed a penalty in the second half, but it was to be the only point for the home team.

Ayabulela Xhosana was named the Player That Rocks, and Yonela Baleni added two more tries for UFH with Du Plessis successful with both conversions.

FNB UKZN: 3 (0) – Penalty: Jarred Nicholls.

FNB UFH 31 (17) – Tries: Bantu Simane, Ryan Maree, Ayabulela Xhosana, Yonela Baleni. Conversions: Merlin du Plessis (4). Penalty: Du Plessis.

FNB Player That Rocks: Ayabulela Xhosana (UFH)

FNB UKZN: 15 Nicholls Jarryd, 14 Zulu Zamakuhle, 13 Mkhize Singele, 12 Fick Russell Adrian, 11 Adendorf Devandre Sivuyiseni, 10 Kama Khanya Junior, 9 Smith Zak Richard, 8 Watkins Damien, 7 Fenske Wilhelm, 6 Bishop Merlyn Joshua Bishop, 5 Goliath Bevan, 4 Mathonsi Nhlakanipho, 3 Mc Arthur Jüan-Daniël, 2 Nxumalo Qhwawe, 1 Maseko Benjamin.

FNB UFH: 15 Sidloyi Apiwe, 14 Mdladlana Lilitha, 13 Maree Ryan Kelly, 12 Baleni Yonela Sibusiso, 11 Bathu Mziyabulela, 10 Wannies Ru-Ché, 9 du Plessis Merlin Ruwaan, 8 Xhosana Ayabulela, 7 Gcweka Kamvelihle, 6 Tosholwana Lukhanyiso (Jiji), 5 Xhosana Ayabulela, 4 Moyo Walter Benjamim, 3 Simani Buntu Ntlakanipho, 2 Jamani Bunono, 1 Nzima Mesuli S. Samkele.


FNB Madibaz has taken a step closer to their goal of winning this year’s Varsity Shield after demolishing FNB Rhodes 73-12 in the Rhodes Great Field. Signs of the encounter heading for a one-sided affair were already evident at halftime with the score 26-0 in the visitors’ favour.

Hooker Kyle Erasmus scored the first of Madibaz’s ten tries when he went over after a driving maul. Kehan Myburg then slotted his conversion over to put the men from Gqeberha 7-0 up inside 5 minutes. Avuyile Kwinana and Leon van der Merwe also scored before halftime with Myburgh converting one of the tries.

Rhodes finally got on the board when Cameron Marais crossed the try line after a nine-phase move. Callum Momberg was successful with the conversion. As a consolation, Xhanti Stofile managed to sneak in another try for the home team late in the match.

FNB Rhodes 12 (0) – Tries: Cameron Marais, Xhanti Stofile. Conversions: Callum Momberg (1)

FNB Madibaz 73 (26) – Tries: Kyle Erasmus, Avuyile Kwinana (2), Leon van der Merwe, Divan Andre Fourie, Siphosethu Dlongodlongo (2), Chakalethu Bophi (2), Keaton Oliver. Conversions: Kehan Myburg (9).

FNB Player That Rocks: Troy Delport (Madibaz)

FNB Rhodes: 15 Momberg Callum, 14 Sonanze Ethan Junior, 13 Maisela Samkelo Wiseman Junior, 12 Ntshangase Lethu, 11 Ngwanteni Simamkele, 10 Mabodla Siyolise, 9 Mvelase Nkosinathi, 8 Jodwana Lathi-Tha, 7 Makalima Sonqoba Magaliso, 6 Erasmus James Alexander, 5 Jako Qhama, 4 Dambuza David Junior Sibuvile, 3 Mzamane Lwazi, 2 Tshongweni Lubabalo, 1 Nene Kwanele.

FNB Madibaz: 15 Myburg Kehan, 14 Bophi Khakalethu Alivadon, 13 Pango Baphelele Ayabulela, 12 Delport Troy, 11 Fourie Divan Andre, 10 November Chadwyn Ronaldo, 9 Mavuso Mpumelelo Solani, 8 Kwinana Avuyile Avukile, 7 Kromhout Dillion, 6 Hlupekho Mzwakhe Kevin, 5 Kachungunu Christopher Cikuru, 4 Nogaya Thando Sihle, 3 Limba Aqhamile Khiphi, 2 Erasmus Kyle, 1 Limana Chulumanco.


It was a last home game at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium and the first win of the season for FNB WSU as they claimed a 21–15 victory over FNB TUT.

The rainy weather resulted in a stop and start affair. The visitors showed control and camped in the WSU half but missed chances that could have placed them front. On the other hand, commitment and teamwork paid off for TUT and they scored the opening try through Jandré Van Zyl.

WSU replied when Mangaliso Zixesha crossed the try line and Maxwell Klaasen converted for a 7–5 lead. TUT then used their impressive maul and scored their second try to lead 10-7 at halftime.

Lisolethu Valisi crossed the try line after 20 minutes of play in the second half and Klaasen was successful with the conversion to give WSU the lead once again.

Van Zyl then scored his third try, giving the visitors hope for an important away victory. It wasn’t to be, however, as a converted try by Lithemba Ncithane sealed the victory for WSU.

FNB WSU 21 (7) – Tries: Mangaliso Zixesha, Lisolethu Valisi, Lithemba Ncithane. Conversions: Maxwell Klaasen (3)

FNB TUT 15 (10) – Tries: Jandré van Zyl (3).

FNB Player That Rocks: Maxwell Klaasen (WSU)

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

12 Jali Lisolethu, 11 Zozi Simthembile, 10 Klaasen Maxwell Curtley, 9 Mniki Esenam, 8 Tshatshu Ayabonga, 7 Mandes Pernell Mervian, 6 Solani Khanya, 5 Fana Uyathandwa, 4 Mampunye Lutho, 3 Matshoba Anda, 2 Zixesha Mangaliso, 1 Njadu Thembalihle.

FNB TUT: 15 Felix Jamie, 14 Mene Lutho, 13 Maritz Mauritz, 12 Groenewald Dieter,

11 Robinson Joshua Sandile Robinson, 10 Koza Ayabulela, 9 Prence Olwethu Munga Prence, 8 France Danel Mark, 7 Chaira Knowledge, 6 Kibongo Guy-Flaury, Mark, 5 Turner Rianiel Andrew, 4 Mapungwana Nokutenda Albert, 3 Mokone Goabaona, 2 van Zyl Jandre, 1 Nong Lawrence.



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