For the record: 2020 FNB Varsity Cup

FNB Varsity Cup

With it being a promotion-relegation year, the 2020 FNB Varsity Cup competition had many intriguing sub-plots but those remain incomplete.

Here, varsitycup.co.za gives you the rundown ‘by the numbers’ on how the season was unfolding before the Coronavirus pandemic put it on ice…

86 - The highest-scoring fixture came in the third week of action when FNB Maties thrashed FNB CUT 62-24 in Stellenbosch.

72 - Maties also delivered the most comprehensive victory, when they beat FNB UWC 77-5 in Round 4 – a 72-point margin.

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61 - The leading individual scorer after the six rounds of completed action, was FNB UP-Tuks’ Theo Boshoff. The flyhalf’s 61 points came from two tries, 15 conversions, six penalties and one drop-goal.

36FNB Shimlas and FNB UJ made use of the most players with 36. Meanwhile, FNB UWC used the least – 27.

32 – Maties were the leading try-scoring team, with 32 (including two penalty tries). CUT were next-best with 22, while UP-Tuks managed 21.

18FNB NWU coach André Pretorius has named the most consistent game-day squad with the same 18 players in each of their five games (nine being ever-present starters), which is three more than UWC.

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17 – Maties shared their 32 tries between the most number of players, 17 – two more than the number who scored UCT’s 20.

9 – Nine players across the teams claimed more than one FNB Player That Rocks and Steers Kinging Moment award, though only Wihan von Wielligh (NWU vs Shimlas) picked up both in the same game.

8 – Maties were the best at ‘going long’, as they scored eight point of origin tries. Their centre David Brits (main picture) scored three of them, more than any other player.

6 – FNB CUT winger PJ Krugell had dotted down six times to emerge as the leading try scorer – two of which were point of origin tries. Only Maties prevented Krugell from scoring in his five games.

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5 – There were five new head coaches in the 2020 FNB Varsity Cup season – Maties’ Drikus Hancke, NWU’s André Pretorius, UCT’s Tom Dawson-Squibb, UP-Tuks’ Nico Luus and UWC’s Lionel Langenhoven.

3 – UCT were the only team to see three players visit the Afkoelstoel in the same game, during their season-opener against UJ – which they still won. Their total of six yellow cards for the campaign is also the most of the nine teams.

2Anton du Toit (Maties vs CUT) and Hanno Snyman (Shimlas vs UJ) both managed to score four tries in a single game this season. The only other hat-trick scorer was UP-Tuks hooker Werner Fourie who crossed the whitewash three times against NWU.

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1 – While four penalty tries were awarded until the suspension of the season, one was a point of origin penalty try! Shimlas were awarded it against NWU in Round 3.

0 Wits were the only team to not concede a point of origin try. Meanwhile, UCT, Shimlas and UWC all conceded seven of these tries – more than the other six teams.