FNB WSU remained top of the FNB Varsity Shield log after a 51-10 home victory against FNB TUT at Buffalo City Stadium.
WSU showed that they were up for this Round 4 clash from the moment they received the kick-off from TUT. Immediately, they set up a two-on-one attack with Mihlali Mosi and Damon Sinuka against Mfundo Gumede which the winger deliberately knocked down. The referee had no choicebut to award the All Blacks with a penalty try – and yellow-carding Gumede – to hand them a 7-0 lead.
FNB TUT found their feet, and focussing their efforts through their forward pack with pick and drives. This worked brilliantly in their favour and Nathan Nienaber scored a try in the 8th minute which was successfully converted by Lusanda Xakwana to level the score at 7-7.
The intensity of the game increased as the hosts were not willing to be equal to the boys from the capital. As a result of them putting the visitors under pressure they earned a penalty, which Lwandile Mapuko slotted from 35 metres out. Then, a brilliant counter attack Litha Nkula led to him scoring a 72-metre individual try and converted to a 17-7 lead to the home team.
A quick tap in the 28th minute from Siphenkosi Goloza just outside the 22-metre line caught TUT defence off guard and he scored with Mapuko adding the extra two points to hand WSU a 24-7 half-time lead.
Straight after half-time TUT showed courage and were awarded a penalty which Lusanda Xakwana converted and the score read 24 -10.
However, Scelo Tole muscled his way over in the corner for a five-pointer after receiving a pass from a line-break by Yamkela Nyembe.
Then, midway through the second half, the vice-captain Bonginkosi Ngqushwa scored from a pick up and go and Litha Nkula converted the extra points. Three minutes later Mihlali Mosi added his name on the scoresheets and Nkula converted to make it 41-10.
Mosi and Ngqushwa subsequently added further tries to seal the comprehensive 51-10 bonus-point victory. The All Blacks remain unbeaten in the 2020 Varsity Shield competition with 17 points on and the number one spot, just ahead of FNB Madibaz.
FNB Player That Rocks: Hlomla Payi (FNB WSU)
Steers Kinging Moment: Litha Nkula (FNB WSU)
FNB WSU: 51 (24)
Tries: Penalty try, Litha Nkula, Siphenkosi Goloza, Scelo Tole, Bonginkosi Ngqushwa 2, Mihlali Mosi 2
Conversions: Lwandile Mapuko 2, Litha Nkula
Penalty: Lwandile Mapuko
FNB TUT: 10 (7)
Try: Nathan Nienaber
Conversion: Lusanda Xakwana
Penalty: Lusanda Xakwana
FNB WSU: 1 Xolani Jacobs, 2 Thokozani Ngodwana, 3 Xolani Loki, 4 Vuyisa Ngesi, 5 Bonginkosi Ngqushwa, 6 Phuzukuvela Sithole, 7 Hlomla Payi, 8 Mihlali Mosi (captain), 9 Siphenkosi Goloza, 10 Lwandile Mapuko, 11 Luvo Matiwane, 12 Yamkela Nyembe, 13 Scelo Tole, 14 Damon Sinuka 15 Litha Nkula.
Replacements: 16 Zanokuhle Nkabi, 17 Wam Mbana, 18 Hlumelo Nondonga, 19 Mankoe Mokonenyana, 20 Ayabulela Zono, 21 Anathi Shenxane, 22 Sinegugu Lituka, 23 Chumani Lucas.
Coach: Akhona Mgijima
FNB TUT: 1 Goabaona Mokone, 2 Laro Delport, 3 Jakobus Roos, 4 Handro Horn, 5 Anré O'Neill, 6 Rhudi Pretorius, 7 Kazadi Mukendi, 8 Mpho Kganakga (captain), 9 Michael Jacobs, 10 Lusanda Xakwana, 11 Mfundo Gumede, 12 Nhlalala Sithole, 13 Nathan Nienaber, 14 Musawenkosi Sili, 15 Wandile Shabalala.
Replacements: 16 Lebokgang Siphiwo, 17 Lawrence Nong, 18 Zandré Nieuwoudt, 19 Gerhardus van der Westhuizen, 20 Samuel Ntsoeleng, 21 Thando Khawula, 22 Nyakallo Masitha, 23 Junior Kwinda.
Coach: Kaya Malotana