Varsity Shield FNB UFH vs FNB TUT

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Siviwe Bisset of UFH

Historic win for the men from Alice as FNB UFH register first victory

FNB UFH were aiming for a maiden win in 2016, in front of a home with a crowd. And they managed it in nail-biting fashion at the death against FNB UFH. It was a fairytale victory that could not come at a better time. It was a strong, physical encounter. FNB TUT drew first blood with a try early on by Apsalom Mthethwa just minutes into the match.

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Shaun Jaards of TUT during the 2016 FNB Varsity Shield Rugby presented by Steinhoff International, Monday 22 February 2016. UFH vs TUT at University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape. Photo by: Michael Sheehan/SASPA

Both teams were desperate to ensure a victory, as they entered the clash without registering a win this season. FNB UFH scored on the stroke of half time though Asiphe Fihla to end the match at half time with scores at FNB TUT 8-5 FNB UFH.

It was going to take a lot of character to get a win, as both teams weren’t giving away points. It was flyhalf Lukas van Zyl that scored two to penalties to extend FNB TUT’s lead to 12-5. With minutes to play FNB UFH scored a try through Asiphe Makeleni and a conversion to take the lead 13-12. But again flyhalf Lukas stole the lead back, as FNB UFH scored a penalty to go ahead 14-13.

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William Thompson of TUT during the 2016 FNB Varsity Shield Rugby presented by Steinhoff International, Monday 22 February 2016. UFH vs TUT at University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape. Photo by: Michael Sheehan/SASPA

The men from FNB UFH had one last trick up their sleeves, with one minute to play was Mandaba that would make history for the FNB UFH team with a try to seal the deal as FNB UFH record their first victory in the 2016 Varsity Shield.

“It’s days like these that hard work pays, after all the punishing we have taken, a win like this has benefits that I can’t explain,” said FNB UFH coach Lumumba Currie. “Well done to my boys in showing character and after a week in hell, they still wanted to win, and where else to win than win at home if front of your home crowd, and more importantly, the Vice Chancelor, Dr Tom.”

FNB UFH defeated FNB TUT at Davidson Sports Stadium. Full-time score FNB UFH 18-14 FNB TUT.

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Player That Rocks: Tom Siphosethu
FNB UFH team: 15.Novuka Sibongile 14.Mandaba Aziyena 13.Batshise  Luyolo 12.Tom Siphosethu 11. Fihla Asiphe 10.Bisset Siviwe 9.Sias Alandre 8.Ncoko Philisani 7.Qwele Zanoxolo 6.Vula  Malusi 5.Makeleni Athenkosi 4.Sityebi Sibusiso 3.Mputla Olwethu 2.Antonie Justin 1.Mdodana Bulelani

Replacements: 16.Vitsha Mzingabantu 17.Nkomo Lusindiso 18.Fanele Asiphe 19. Phunguzwa Siphelele 20.Masiza Qhama 21.Mlotywa Athiphila 22.Matutu Akhona 23.Kama Lulamile

 

Tries: Mandaba Aziyena, Fihla Asiphe, Makeleni Athenkosi

Conversions: Sias Alandre

 

FNB TUT team: 15. Lisa Banzi 14. Gaffley xavier13.Ian Truter 12. Apsalom Mthethwa 11. Tshepo Nyathi 10. Augustinus Van Zyl 9.Shaun Jaards 8. Claude Johannes7. George Letshuma 6. Calvin Maduna 5. Wlliam Thomson4. Armand Marshall 3. Jonty Voogt 2.Jurie Huyser 1. Stanley Modjadji

Replacements: 16.Adriaan Van Niekerk 17. JJ Nelson 18. Francois De Villiers 19. Percy Matlhoko 20. Litha Vumisa 21. Frankie Abrahams 22.Armo Brits 23. Kervin Ngonyama

 

Tries: Apsalom Mthethwa

Conversions: Lukas Van Zyl

Penalties: Lukas Van Zyl (3)

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