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FNB Varsity Shield: Players who impressed (Round 6)

FNB UWC and FNB Madibaz have made sure of their place in the semi-finals of the 2023 FNB Varsity Shield after important victories in round 6.

FNB CPUT and FNB TUT are third and fourth on the log and should make it through to the playoffs in two weeks.

Here are our standout players from round 6.


Keaton Olivier (FNB Madibaz)

FNB Madibaz ran FNB UFH ragged for a comprehensive victory, shutting the defending champions out of contention for this year’s playoffs. And the man responsible? Hooker Keaton Olivier scored a remarkable four tries during the one-sided match. As the Player That Rocks, he will wear the pink shorts with pride next week against log leaders FNB UWC.

Will Vraagom (FNB UWC)

Will Vraagom contributed two tries to FNB UWC’s sixth consecutive victory of the season, this one over FNB UKZN in Cape Town. The winger made the most of the possession and territorial advantage in the dominating display by his team. He must be rearing to go against Madibaz in seven days.

Dieter Groenewald (FNB TUT)

FNB TUT kept their semi-final hopes alive with a hard-fought victory at home over FNB CPUT. Dieter Groenewald produced an outstanding performance, thanks to his versatility as a utility back. He controlled the tempo of the game and made no mistakes from the boot, being successful with three conversions and three penalties.

Lithemba Ngcentane (FNB WSU)

FNB WSU salvaged some pride in winning a bottom-of-the-log clash against FNB Rhodes in Makhanda. Despite the result being of academic value, it didn’t stop Lithemba Ngcentaneto put in an impressive performance for WSU. He scored two quick-fire tries in the space of three minutes with arguably the first try of the game after a run from his half.

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