Both teams started off with basic rugby and displayed solid defence. FNB Shimlas crossed the tryline first in the seventh minute when flyhalf Nicolaas Naude scored and converted his own try to open FNB Shimlas’ account 7-0. FNB Wits answered with a clinical try in the 11th minute as hooker Cecil Conradie went over for a five-pointer to bring the score to 7-5.
FNB Wits scored their second try when winger Kasende Kapepula charged down off the FNB Shimlas flyhalf to score a try, while flyhalf Christiaan Humpries converted the to put FNB Wits in the lead 7- 12. With consistent pressure by the FNB Shimlas, they managed to level the score on half time with a five-point try as Janco Cloete dotted over.
FNB Shimlas began the second half with a bang and regained their lead with a seven-pointer in the 42nd minute, as centre Sango Xamleshe crossed the tryline and Naude converted to take the lead 21-12 for FNB Shimlas. But they weren’t done and scored their bonus-point try in the 45th minute, another nine-pointer, when lock Henk Pretorius went over. Naude converted to take the score to 30-12 for FNB Shimlas.
FNB Wits made a comeback with good set play and scored in 58th minute, thanks to Conor Brockschmidt who rounded off to take the score to 35-17 with FNB Shimlas still in the lead. But FNB Shimlas stretched their lead again, to 35-17. FNB Wits was not done and the winger Kasende Kapepule scored his second try, converted by Humpries to take their final score to 24 points.
FNB Shimlas, however, had the last say when flanker Menzi Nhlabathi crossed the goal line for a seven-pointer to secure a confident win for the FNB Shimlas, 44-24.
Nicolaas Naude had a great day at the office with eighteen points scored and was awarded the FNB Player That Rocks.
FNB Player That Rocks: Nicolaas Naude (FNB Shimlas)
FNB Shimlas: 44
Tries: Nicolaas Naude (2) Janco Cloete, Sango Xamleshe (7-point) Henk Pretorius (7-point) Menzi Nhlabathi (7-point)
Cons: Nicolaas Naude (4)
FNB Wits: 24
Tries: Cecil Conradie, Kasende Kapepula (2), Conor Brockschmidt
Cons: Christiaan Humpries (2)
FNB Shimlas: 15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Sango Xamlashe, 11 Gideon Agenbag, 10 Nicholas Naude, 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Albertus de Bod, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi, 6 Jan Cloete, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma, 3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Gert Kotze (captain)
Replacements: 16 JC Jansen van Vuuren, 17 Louis Cloete, 18 Janu Botha, 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Christoffel Roelofse, 21 Zinedene Booysen, 22 Ayabonga Oliphant, 23 Tiaan Schutte
FNB Wits: 15 Kwanele Ngema, 14 Manqoba Mbatha, 13 Sicelo Champion, 12 Tyrone Green, 11 Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Jethro de Lange, 6 Justin Brandon, 5 Dawid Bodenstein, 4 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt (captain), 3 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams
Replacements: 16 Christopher Worthington, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Pascal Snyman, 19 Sipho Siboza, 20 Kyle Wesemann, 21 Adriaan van Blerk, 22 Lwazi Monakali, 23 Luyolo Qinela