FNB CPUT held on to a big lead and did just enough to beat FNB Fort Hare 41-25 at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville on Monday night.
The home team started like a house on fire when Keadon Consul dived over from a driving maul after Ameer Hendricks won a lineout ball. The lively hooker wasn’t done yet and went over for his second try just minutes later.
FNB Fort Hare’s Brandt Fields got the visitors on the board when he converted a penalty. The team from Bellville hit back when captain Lunathi Nxele went over in the right-hand corner after a quick tap by Butsa Mputa.
Ralton October nailed the conversion from the touchline to put FNB CPUT in a position of strength at 17-3. Jurick Lewis and number eight Colin April also went over for tries to secure a bonus-point for FNB CPUT before halftime.
The visitors got one of their own tries when hooker Sokhana Mpemba scored on the stroke of halftime to make the score 29-11.
The second half started rather tamely after the excitement of the first half with play mainly being in the middle of the park.
FNB UFH were first to score in the second half when a five-metre scrum allowed for the visitors to bulldoze over the try-line, Mpemba getting his second of the night. Replacement flyhalf Jeandre Christian converted to make it 29-18 to FNB CPUT.
This score had the opposite effect for what the visitors had hoped for when FNB CPUT found gaps with ease. Flyhalf October dived across the whitewash, cancelling out FNB Fort Hare’s try just minutes prior. It was 34-18 at the second half strategy break.
Continuous pressure from the visiting side allowed them to come within striking distance. A lack in tackling discipline from the home side meant FNB UFH reduced the lead to nine points. Somila Jho got his name on the scoring sheet, and Christian converted handing the home side a 34-25 lead heading into the last 20 minutes.
October put the final nail in the FNB UFH coffin when he scored with time virtually over. FNB UFH fought till the very end but FNB CPUT managed to hang on to take it 41-25 in the end
FNB CPUT travel to FNB Rhodes next week whilst FNB UFH play away against FNB UKZN.
FNB Player that Rocks: Butsa Mputa
Steers Kinging Moment: Ralton October
FNB CPUT: 41
Tries: Keadon Consul (2), Lunathi Nxele, Jurick Lewis, Colin April, Ralton October (2)
Conversions: October (2), Randy Brinkhuis (1)
FNB UFH: 25
Tries: Sokhana Mpemba (2), Somila Jho
Penalties: Brandt Fields (2)
Conversions: Jeandre Christian (2)
FNB CPUT: 15. Randy Brinkhuis 14, Peter-John Rencs, 13. Lunathi Nxele ©, 12. Jurick Lewis, 11. Asisipho Malotana, 10. Ralton October, 9. George-Lee Erasmus, 8. Colin April, 7. Anenceba Salman, 6. Butsha Mputa, 25. Bradley van Boven, 4. Ameer Hendricks, 3. Jeandré Coetzee, 2. Keadon Consul, 1. De Angelo Williams
Replacements: 16. Bekithemba Gqibithole, 17. Cecil Rittles, 18. Thembalihle Njadu, 19. Xavier Myburgh, 20. Kevin Goddard, 21. Darren Alexander, 22. Christopher Andrews, 23. Chad Fortuin
FNB UFH: 15. Brandt Fields, 14. Migcobo Bovu, 13. Mihlali Nobomvu, 12. Somila Jho, 11. Lukho Jongizulu, 10. Rocur Julies, 9. Lindokuhle Kenene, 8. Yamkela Mzozoyana, 7. Rodney Farai, 6. Mkonto Caku-caku, 5. Lwando Nteta, 4. Philisani Ncoko, 3. Likho Dliwayo, 2. Sokhana Mpemba, 1. Edwin Nxumalo
Replacements: 16. Mzigabantu Vitsha, 17. Mbasa Sonkosi, 18. Bulelani Mdodana, 19. Chuma Biyana, 20. Langalethu Susela, 21. Lihle Mavuso, 22. Aphiwe Rilityana, 23. Jeandre Christian