FNB Maties claimed an important 31-24 victory against FNB UP-Tuks at Loftus Versfeld on Thursday, while there were also Round 4 wins for FNB NWU, FNB UCT, FNB CUT and FNB UJ.
FNB NWU EAGLES 28 (13) FNB UWC 15 (3)
FNB NWU dominated territory and possession to win their first match of the second bubble at the Tuks B-Field, writes Bronwen Bain.
The Eagles relied heavily on their forwards and hooker Gustav du Rand found the tryline off the back of the maul early on.
Scrumhalf Branden de Kock slotted a penalty for Udubs, before FNB NWU scored their second try through lock Jeandré Leonard.
Flyhalf Keagan Fortune missed both conversions but slotted a penalty to make it 13-3 at half-time.
The start of the second half was dominated by FNB NWU's forwards, with No 8 André Fouché going over for their third try.
Left wing Lungi Msenge’s converted point-of-origin try put Udubs back within striking distance of the Eagles at 20-15.
But FNB NWU No 11 Charl Pretorius took the game away from them when he scored his team’s bonus-point try.
Fortune then kicked a penalty after FNB UWC winger André Manuel had been sent to the sin bin for the remainder of the game.
FNB Player That Rocks: Jeandré Leonard (FNB NWU Eagles)
FNB NWU Eagles – Tries: Gustav du Rand, Jeandré Leonard, André Fouché, Charl Pretorius. Conversion: Keagan Fortune. Penalties: Fortune (2).
FNB UWC – Try: Lundi Msenge (1x7). Conversion: Branden de Kock. Penalties: De Kock (2).
FNB UFS SHIMLAS 5 (5) FNB UCT IKEYS 59 (31)
FNB UCT remained unbeaten as they scored eight tries against Shimlas at Loftus Versfeld, writes Dan Lombard.
It certainly didn't help that Shimlas were red-carded twice although they returned to their full complement after two sets of 15 minutes in accordance with FNB Varsity Cup law variations.
Ikeys were ruthless throughout the first half as they attacked Shimlas’ fringe defence at will but it was the men from Bloemfontein who scored first as silky hands across the backline put fullback Cham Zondeki over in the corner.
This proved to be the last time they would threaten the scoreboard as FNB UCT switched gears and crossed the chalk on four occasions. Lock Connor Evans and fullback Athi Gazi bagged five-pointers while wing Rethabile Louw finished two brilliant point-of-origin tries which, along with flyhalf James Tedder's two conversions and a penalty, inflated the score to 31-5 at the break.
The second half started off with a bang as Gazi crossed for his brace in a spectacular point-of-origin try before the match dissolved into an untidy affair.
FNB UFS Shimlas did well to halt the juggernaut for a while but couldn't contain the near incessant phases of attack by FNB UCT Ikeys as they dotted down a further three tries courtesy of outside centre Evardi Boshoff, replacement flyhalf David Hayes and No 8 Christian Stehlik.
FNB Player That Rocks: Neil Otto (FNB UCT Ikeys)
FNB UFS Shimlas – Try: Cham Zondeki.
FNB UCT Ikeys – Tries: Connor Evans, Rethabile Louw (2x7), Athi Gazi (1x5, 1x7), Evardi Boshoff, David Hayes, Christian Stehlik. Conversions: James Tedder (2), Michael Brink (3). Penalty: Tedder.
FNB WITS 11 (11) FNB CUT IXIAS 19 (7)
Winless FNB Wits came into this match as heavy underdogs but pushed unbeaten FNB CUT all the way at the Tuks B-Field, writes Bronwen Bain.
Wits matched their opponents in strength and speed but fell apart in the last 20 minutes of the game to hand the Ixias their fourth consecutive victory.
FNB Wits flyhalf Christian Humphries kicked an early penalty before FNB CUT hooker Janus Venter scored a converted try off the back of a maul.
FNB Wits responded with a try to hooker and captain Justin Brandon, and Humphries added a penalty to put them 11-7 ahead at half-time.
The Ixias forced themselves back into the game when flank and captain Luvuyo Ndevu barged over the tryline and flyhalf Charles Williams kicked the conversion.
Straight after the strategy break, FNB CUT used their maul to edge further ahead when Venter got his second to make it 19-11.
FNB Wits lost possession in a maul close to the Ixias tryline and while FNB CUT fullback Cohen Jasper was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, it didn’t prove costly for his team.
FNB Player That Rocks: Hans Terblanche (FNB CUT)
FNB Wits – Try: Justin Brandon. Penalties: Christian Humphries (2).
FNB CUT Ixias – Tries: Janus Venter (2), Luvuyo Ndevu. Conversions: Charles Williams (2).
FNB MADIBAZ 22 (5) FNB UJ 33 (24)
FNB UJ broke their 11-match FNB Varsity Cup losing streak as they saw off the FNB Madibaz a highly competitive meeting at Loftus Versfeld, writes Dan Lombard.
An early FNB UJ penalty courtesy of flyhalf Jurich Claasens was followed by a try to FNB Madibaz captain fantastic Luyolo Dapula.
The lock’s efforts galvanised the Orange Army into action as they crossed the chalk via flank Brendon Pawson, hooker Darnell Osuagwe and lock Lunga Ncube with Claasens converting all three to provide a comfortable 24-5 lead at the break.
The men from Port Elizabeth, now known as Gqeberha, started the second stanza in the same fashion as the first with fullback Tiaan Swanepoel slicing straight through the defence to score a sensational point-of-origin try.
Ten minutes later, with FNB UJ centre Musawenkosi Tshabalala scored an epic point-of-origin try.
This proved to be their last try as FNB Madibaz capitalised on replacement hooker Pierre Rabie's yellow card to score twice through replacement hooker Tembekile Boltina, which secured their bonus point.
FNB Player That Rocks: Kwagga van Niekerk (FNB UJ)
FNB Madibaz – Tries: Luyolo Dapula, Tiaan Swanepoel (1x7), Tembekile Boltina (2).
FNB UJ – Tries: Brendon Pawson, Darnell Osuagwe, Lunga Ncube, Musawenkosi Tshabalala (1x7). Conversions: Jurich Claasens (4). Penalty: Claasens.
FNB UP-TUKS 24 (6) FNB MATIES 31 (15)
FNB Maties survived a second-half comeback by FNB UP-Tuks to record a vital win at Loftus Versfeld, writes Dan Lombard.
The North-South clash is characterised by a no-inch-given attitude and this meeting between the two most successful teams in the competition was no different as the heavyweights sussed each other out.
Initially, penalty goals ruled the day as FNB UP-Tuks fullback Zander du Plessis slotted one either side of his opposite number Christopher Schreuder.
It would take 33 minutes for the first try to be scored as the Maroon Machine were awarded a penalty try after a dominant scrum, before wing Munier Hartzenberg snatched a perfectly-timed cross-kick to flop over the chalk.
Hartzenberg's try was a textbook example of why it's important to play until the whistle as Schreuder's penalty attempt had struck the upright before being collected by FNB Maties and recycled for Schreuder to set up the kick that led to the five-pointer.
The second half started off rather scrappily as both teams had their efforts thwarted by unforced errors and had to settle for a penalty apiece.
FNB Maties scrumhalf Bobby Alexander then ran a fantastic support line to collect Hartzenberg's final pass en route to scoring a scintillating point-of-origin try.
The Stripe Generation finally managed to score their opening try in 58th minute as flank Hanru Sirgel was on hand to collect a stolen ball, before replacement scrumhalf Johan Mulder picked and dived for his five-pointer seven minutes later.
Considering the intensity of the clash, it's no surprise that the final points were delivered by the boots of Du Plessis and Schreuder respectively as FNB Maties snuck home with the seven-point win.
FNB Player That Rocks: Simon Miller (FNB Maties)
FNB UP-Tuks – Tries: Hanru Sirgel, Johan Mulder. Conversion: Zander du Plessis. Penalties: Du Plessis (4).
FNB Maties – Tries: Penalty try, Munier Hartzenberg, Bobby Alexander (1x7). Penalties: Schreuder (4).
The FNB Varsity Cup will continue on Monday with two Round 5 matches at Tuks Stadium:
- FNB UCT Ikeys vs FNB CUT Ixis (17:00)
- FNB UWC vs FNB UP-Tuks (19:00)
The remaining three matches of the round will take place on Tuesday – Freedom Day – also at Tuks Stadium:
- FNB UJ vs FNB UFS Shimlas (15:00)
- FNB Wits vs FNB Madibaz (17:00)
- FNB Maties vs FNB NWU Eagles (19:00)
All five matches will be broadcast live on the SuperSport Rugby channel (211).
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