The 2020 FNB Varsity Shield competition was building into a thrilling round-robin climax but, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it remains incomplete.
Here, varsitycup.co.za gives you the rundown ‘by the numbers’ on why the season was rocking…
200 – The height in centimetres of the tallest player used in 2020, FNB Madibaz lock Reyno du Toit.
65 – The highest-scoring fixture came in the final week of action when FNB CPUT thrashed Rhodes 65-0 – also the biggest winning margin of any of the games played.
34 – The leading individual scorer after the five rounds of completed action, was CPUT’s Feghon-Leigh Snyders. The flyhalf’s 34 points came from two tries, nine conversions and two penalties.
22 – CPUT were the leading try scorers, with their 22 efforts being five better off than Madibaz and FNB WSU.
20 – FNB Madibaz’s Johan Lombard scored 20 points (two tries and five conversions) against Rhodes in Round 3, the highest individual tally in a match.
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17 - Leaders WSU were on 17 log points, from five games, when the competition was suspended – one better off than Madibaz.
14 – Only UFH were forced to see out a game with 14 men, when Migcobo Bovu picked up the season’s only red card in the closing stages against Rhodes in Round 2.
10 - TUT beat Rhodes 7-3 in Makhanda during Round 1, the lowest-scoring game of the 2020 competition.
7 – With seven, CPUT had the most players in their final eligible year as they all turn 25 in 2020 – namely Shaurick Blom, Randy Brinkhuis, Gareth Cilliers, George Lee Erasmus, Bekithemba Gqibithole, Peter-John Rencs and Mario Wilson.
4 – Having each scored four tries, Mihlali Mosi (WSU - main picture), George Lee Erasmus (CPUT) and Tauriq Gamieldien (CPUT) were in a three-way tie at the top of the try-scoring charts.
2 – CPUT’s Alastair Theys and TUT’s Kaya Malotana were the only new head coaches in 2020.
1 – Only a single penalty try was awarded, to WSU against TUT in Round 4, while FNB Rhodes also only mustered a single try in their four games – Sithembele Njokweni’s effort against UFH in Round 2.
0 – There were no unbeaten teams left when the season was suspended, and Rhodes were the only team yet to pick up a victory.