FNB UJ Women booked their place in the first-ever FNB Varsity Cup Women’s final when they beat FNB Tuks Women 36-5 in Pretoria in the first of two semi-finals. The other finalist will be determined on Thursday 6 April when FNB Maties Women take on FNB UFH Women in Stellenbosch. The final will take place on Thursday 13 April.
The match got off to a slow start with numerous handling errors. It was UJ who broke the deadlock when quick hands from flyhalf Siham Chtioui sent the ball to winger Precious Maduchem who stretched the Tuks defence and handed it off to Khanyisile Ntai for a brilliant try in the corner.
Although the visitors remained a better side throughout the first half, the second try of the match only came after the half an hour mark. Tuks finally got on the score sheet following a powerful forward pack display with Corlia Walker forcing it over the try line.
The Orange Army finished the first 40 minutes on a high note as Aliyah Tchogna-Njamen continued to bully Tuks’ defence, cruising over the try line. UJ took a 17-5 lead at halftime.
UJ’s dominance continued in the second half with tries by Tanya Shava and two more from Ntai, bringing her tally for the night to three.
FNB UP-Tuks 5 (5) – Tries: Tries: Corlia Walker.
FNB UJ 36 (17) – Tries: Khanyisile Ntai (3), Siham Chtoui, Aliyah Tchogna-Njamen, Tanya Shava. Conversions: Siham Chtoui.
FNB Player That Rocks: Tanya Shava (UJ)