While the 2020 FNB Varsity Young Guns remains incomplete, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it need not be forgotten.
Here, varsitycup.co.za gives you the rundown ‘by the numbers’ on how the season was unfolding…
93 – The highest-scoring fixture came in the third week of action when FNB Maties Young Guns thrashed FNB UWC Young Guns 72-21 in Bellville.
57 – FNB Maties Young Guns delivered the most comprehensive victory, when they beat FNB CUT Young Guns 62-5 – a 57-point margin – during the second week of games.
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48 – The leading individual scorer after the five rounds of completed action, was FNB UFS Young Guns’ Jan Strydom. The flyhalf’s points came from one try, 14 conversions and three penalties. His teammate Gideon van Wyk was second, with 40 points.
33 – Despite only playing four times during the five completed rounds of action Maties’ Under-20s were the leading try scorers, with their 33 efforts being two better off than UFS.
26 – When twins Marco and Johan van Rhyn played against each other in what was the final round before lockdown, Marco’s Maties claimed a 26-point win over Johan’s FNB UCT Young Guns, 31-5. UCT also had brothers Conor and Reece van Eden in their team in that game.
24 – FNB NWU Young Guns beat FNB Wits Young Guns 17-7 in Johannesburg during the third week of games, the lowest-scoring match of the 2020 competition to date.
22 – Leaders UFS were on 22 log points, from five games, when the competition was suspended – two better off than Maties and UCT.
20 – There were tries scored in each of the 20 games that were played, and the nine teams each scored a try in every game they played.
19 – Maties had 19 players score points for them, four more than UCT and five more than UFS. Their leading scorer was Dylan Alexander, whose 34 points placed him joint-third alongside FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns’ captain Clyde Lewis.
8 – UFS loose forward Gideon van Wyk had dotted down eight times to emerge as the leading try scorer. This included a hat-trick against UJ’s Under-20s in the final round before the suspension of the season.
4 – Four teams were in a lower position than their seniors at the time of suspension (2nd-placed Maties, UP-Tuks in 4th, Wits in 6th and CUT down in 8th), while two were the same (fifth-placed NWU and UJ at the bottom) and log-leaders UFS, UCT in 3rd and UWC in 7th were better off than their FNB Varsity Cup compatriots.
2 – Only two players have scored points for both their university’s Young Guns and Varsity Cup teams, Jhaques Thyssen at UFS and UP-Tuks’ Alex-Zander du Plessis (main picture).
1 – UP-Tuks’ Under-20s were awarded the only penalty try, at Maties in a 38-27 loss.
0 – Neither Maties, nor UWC converted any penalty kicks during the five rounds of action.