FNB Maties see off spirited FNB Shimlas 35-14
The FNB Maties secured top spot on Monday evening when they beat the FNB Shimlas 35-14 at the Cape Town Stadium in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
FNB Maties were made to work hard for their victory as FNB Shimlas put on a gutsy performance. Mosolwa Mafuma opened the scoring for FNB Shimlas before Remu Malan scored a nine-point try for FNB Maties. FNB Maties were awarded a penalty try seven minutes later after a powerful maul, before winger, Edwill van der Merwe scored his side’s third try of the match.
Arthur Williams got one back for FNB Shimlas on the stroke of half time as the men from Stellenbosch took a 21-14 lead into the break.
FNB Maties started the second half strongly and were rewarded when flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg burst through the line to score his side’s fourth try. The rest of the second half was much tighter as both sides failed to break each other’s defensive lines.
FNB Player That Rocks, Kobus van Dyk, made sure of the result for FNB Maties when he scored five minutes from time as FNB Maties won the match 35-14 to claim top spot in this year’s Varsity Cup with one round to go.
Player That Rocks: Kobus van Dyk (FNB Maties)
FNB Maties: 35
Five-point tries: Penalty Try, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst Stapelberg, Kobus van Dyk
Nine-point tries: Remu Malan
Cons: Ernst Stapelberg (3)
FNB Shimlas: 14
Five-point Tries: Mosolwa Mafuma, Arthur Williams
Cons: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (2)