For the record: 2020 FNB Varsity Shield

FNB Varsity Shield

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.

146 – At 146kg, FNB TUT tighthead prop Jakobus Roos was recorded as the heaviest player – just 1kg ahead of FNB Rhodes captain Sinolwazingekamvalakhe Ralo.

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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.

22CPUT 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.

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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.

3 – CPUT’s Tauriq Gamieldien was the only player who managed to score a hat-trick, doing so against Rhodes in the final round of matches before the suspension of the season.

2 – CPUT’s Alastair Theys and TUT’s Kaya Malotana were the only new head coaches in 2020.

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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.