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MATCHDAY 6 WRAP: UWC and Madibaz eyeing home semifinals; CPUT and TUT in top 4

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

FNB UWC 45 FNB UKZN 11

In typical Cape Town winter weather, FNB UWC retained their unbeaten record when they thumped FNB UKZN 45-11 in Bellville.

The home team ran in five unanswered first-half tries through a brace by Will Vraagom, and a try a piece by Almore Kuilders, Mauritz Swart, and Lubelo Scott.

UWC headed into halftime 31-11 ahead. Points for UKZN in the opening half were courtesy of two Jarryd Nicholls penalties and a try by Trent Coetzee.

It was a dominating display by UWC who enjoyed most of the possession and territory throughout the match.

A 79th-minute converted try via replacement forward Liam Tattersal and an earlier penalty try were the only points in the second half.

It was a masterful performance from UWC scrumhalf Conwill Conradie. How he marshals his forwards around the set pieces is a strong reminder of how his father and former Bok and Western Province legend, Bolla Conradie, used to do it.

FNB UWC 45 (31) – Tries: Will Vraagom (2), Penalty Try, Almore Kuilders, Mauritz Swart, Lubelo Scott, Liam Tattersal. Conversions: Conwill Conradie (3), Ethan Diston.

FNB UKZN 11 (11) – Try: Trent Coetzee. Penalties: Jarryd Nicholls (2).

FNB Player That Rocks: Zinzan Magerman (UWC).

FNB UWC: 15 Diston Ethan Will, 14 Vraagom Will, 13 Breda Bryan John, 12 Scott Lubelo, 11 Ncana Hlomla, 10 Willemse Elkan, 9 Conradie Conwill Brooklyn (Bolla), 8 Magerman Zinzan, 7 De Lange Louan, 6 Kuilders Almore Jnr, 5 van der Merwe Carel, 4 Moerat Bilaal, 3 Ceasar Franco Lee, 2 Swart Mauritz, 1 Michaels Keanuh Cameron.

FNB UKZN: 15 Nicholalls Jarryd, 14 Zulu Zamakuhle, 13 Mkhize Singele, 12 Fick Russell Adrian, 11 Adendorf Devandre Sivuyiseni, 10 Kama Khanya Junior, 9 Cele Thando Sphesihle, 8 Mazhindu Tinotenda, 7 Fenske Wilhelm, 6 Watkins Damien, 5 Goliath Bevan, 4 Gumede Nkanyesi, 3 Mc Arthur Jüan-Daniël, 2 Ndimande Siphosethu, 1 Maseko Benjamin.

FNB MADIBAZ 24 FNB UFH 6

On a cool Thursday afternoon in Gqeberha, FNB Madibaz warmed the hearts of the home fans by registering a convincing 24-6 win against defending champions FNB UFH.

It was a game of two halves in terms of points scored.

Where Madibaz crossed the whitewash on three occasions in the first half, there was only one try in the second. And the player responsible for all the action? Madibaz hooker Keaton Olivier scored a remarkable four tries during the one-sided match.

Unsurprisingly, Olivier was named Player That Rocks and he will wear the pink shorts with pride when his side takes on FNB Varsity Shield log leaders FNB UWC next week.

For the UFH Blues, there were some promising movements, but handling let them down at crucial moments. Their only points of the match came via the boot of flyhalf Merlin du Plessis.

While Madibaz will be happy to take the vital points from the Eastern Cape derby, they will need to put in a lot of hard work over the next few days if they are to halt the march of high-flying UWC.

FNB Madibaz 24 (19) – Tries: Keaton Olivier (4). Conversions: Kehan Myburg (2).

FNB UFH 6 (6) – Penalties: Merlin du Plessis (2).

FNB Player That Rocks: Keaton Olivier (Madibaz).

FNB Madibaz: 15 Myburg Kehan, 14 Bophi Khakalethu Alivadon, 13 Franks Enrique Linley, 12 Delport Troy, 11 Khonza Kholiowe, 10 November Chadwyn Ronaldo, 9 Dlongodlongo Sinesipho, 8 van der Merwe Leon, 7 Bobelo Alwaba Liyema, 6 Hlupheko Mzwakhe Kevin, 5 Kachungunu Christopher Cikuru, 4 Nogaya Thando Sihle, 3 Limba Aqhamile Khiphi, 2 Olivier Keaton, 1 Kuse Endinako.

FNB UFH: 15 Sidloyi Apiwe, 14 Mdladlana Lilitha, 13 Maree Ryan Kelly, 12 Baleni Yonela Sibusiso, 11 Bathu Mziyabulela, 10 du Plessis Merlin Ruwaan, 9 Madiba Lwazi, 8 Totsholwana Lukhanyiso, 7 Gcweka Kamvelihle, 6 Fatyela Kamvelihle, 5 Moyo Walter Benjamim, 4 Xhosana Ayabulela, 3 Simani Buntu Ntlakanipho, 2 Jamani Bunono, 1 Babele Mbasa Kamvalethu.

FNB TUT 31 FNB CPUT 26

FNB TUT Vikings shocked 2022 runners-up FNB CPUT 31-26 in a tightly contested affair in Pretoria. The halftime score was 25-14.

The home where the first to apply pressure as they were awarded a penalty after nine minutes of action, with Dieter Groenewald making no mistake. It remained a one-man show as the Vikings continued to dominate possession. Their efforts were rewarded with a try in the 12th minute when fullback Jamie Felix produced a solo run to extend the hosts’ lead.

CPUT responded with back-to-back tries from Keanan Solomons and Ayabulela Zondo with flyhalf Oyintando Maseti making no mistake with the conversions for his side to take a 14-8 lead. TUT however then took a 25-14 lead into the break following tries from hooker Joseph Kwinda and Groenewald as well as a penalty.

The second half got off to a slow start with the first points coming after 20 minutes when Groenewald slotted a penalty for TUT.

CPUT applied immense pressure on the home side to fulfil their mission of securing a home semi-final and they were rewarded with two tries from Che Klaasen and Hugan Engelbrecht to reduce the deficit to just two points. Two additional tries were however denied by the TMO.

Groenewald sealed a vital victory for TUT with a penalty.

FNB TUT 31 (25) – Tries: Jamie Felix, Joseph Kwinda, Mauritz Maritz. Conversions: Dieter Groenewald (3). Penalties: Dieter Groenewald (3), Mauritz Maritz (1).

FNB CPUT 26 (14) – Tries: Keanan Solomons, Ayabulela Zono, Che Klaasen, Hugan Engelbrecht. Conversions: Oyintando Maseti (3).

FNB Player That Rocks: Rowane Skosana (TUT)

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

11 Robinson Joshua Sandile Robinson, 10 Bam Mihlali Sipho, 9 Ndunakazi Buhlebuyeza, 8 Skosana Rowane Ntokoza, 6 Franse Danel Mark, 5 Turner Rianiel Andrew, 4 Mapungwana Nokutenda Albert, 3 Mokone Goabaona, 2 Kwinda Joseph, 1 Nzama Mxolisi.

FNB CPUT: 15 Kruger Wiehan, 14 Atkins Dwayne, 13 Tole Sicelo, 12 Shorties Matthew, 11 Williams Keenan, 10 Maseti Honour, 9 Engelbrecht Hugan, 8 Solomons Matteo, 7 Zono Ayabulela, 6 Klaasen Ché Oliver, 5 Woji Lwando, 4 Van der Heever Roland Leonard, 3 Mafenyana Masivuye, 2 Shasha Duke (Shakes), 1 Josephus Jacques-Lynn Graham.

FNB WSU 34 FNB RHODES 5

FNB WSU salvaged some pride in a bottom-of-the-log clash against FNB Rhodes, winning the encounter in Makhanda 34-5. The halftime score was 12-5.

The home team started the game looking the stronger of the two sides but it was the visitors who got the first points of the night when Lutho Manpunye went over after slipping through the Rhodes backline. Maxwell Klaasen kicked the conversion to put his side 7-0 up within the first 11 minutes. WSU got their second try of the night through captain Awonke Sondishe.

Rhodes made it an even contest heading into the break after Lethu Ntshangase went over following a kick and chase. Callum Momberg missed his conversion.

In the second half, WSU stretched their lead to 15 points when Lukhangele Tshayi ran from deep within their half to get another 5 points. Then it was the turn of Lithemba Ngcentane who scored a brace in the space of three minutes for a comprehensive victory.

FNB Rhodes 5 (5) – Tries: Lethu Ntshangase.

FNB WSU 34 (12) – Tries: Lutho Mampunye, Awonke Sondishe, Lukhangele Tshayi, Lithemba Ngcentane (2. Conversions: Maxwell Klaasen, Lisolethu Valisi (2). Penalty: Maxwell Klaasen.

FNB Player That Rocks: Lutho Mampunye (WSU)

FNB Rhodes: 15 Momberg Callum, 14 Kandengwa Tatenda William, 13 Mbanzi Simelela Vuso, 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 WSU: 15 Tshayi Lukhangele, 14 Nondlwana Bulelani Amyoli, 13 Sondishe Awonke,

12 Jali Lisolethu, 11 Bomoyi Lindokuhle, 10 Klaasen Maxwell Curtley, 9 Mniki Esenam, 8 Tshatshu Ayabonga, 7 Mandes Pernell Mervian, 6 Manyube Sibulele, 5 Fana Uyathandwa, 4 Mampunye Lutho, 3 Adonisi Sithembiso, 2 Mhlonyane Ovayo, 1 Njadu Thembalihle.

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