The FNB Maties booked their spot in the 2017 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International semi-final, after they saw off FNB UJ at Danie Craven Stadium on Monday night. FNB Maties proved far too strong for the Johannesburg side as they won the encounter 65-19.
The FNB Maties scored nine tries in the match and led 30-10 at the break thanks to tries by Kyle Steyn, Craig Barry and two by Edwill van der Merwe. The second half was more of the same by the Maroon Machine as they continued their dominance, although FNB UJ tried hard to get back into the contest.
Tries by Johan Momsen, Chris Smith, Duncan Saal and two more by Kyle Steyn to complete his hat-trick took the game away from FNB UJ as FNB Maties ran in five tries in the second half. FNB Maties will now play FNB UJ again in the semi-final next Monday night.
FNB Player that Rocks: Edwill van der Merwe (FNB Maties)
FNB Maties: 65
Five-point Tries: Kyle Steyn (3), Craig Barry, Johan Momsen, Duncan Saal
Seven-point Tries: Edwill van der Merwe (2), Chris Smith
Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg (3), Chris Smith
FNB UJ: 19
Five-point Tries: Peter Walters
Seven-point Tries: Jaco Fourie
Conversions: Divan Nel (2)
Penalties: Divan Nel
FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry ©, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Michal Haznar, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Brendon Nell, 8 Devon Nash, 7 Stephan Streicher, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 JE van der Merwe, 2 Craig Corbett, 1 Niel Oelofse
Subs: 16 HJ Luus, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Ruben de Villiers, 20 Saud Abrahams, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Duncan Saal
FNB UJ: 15 Ronald Brown, 14 Peter John Walters, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea, 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johan Esterhuizen, 8 Jo-Hanko de Villiers, 7 Leon Massyn, 6 Gavin Delport, 5 Reinhardt Nothnagel, 4 Kevin du Randt, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Jannes Snyman ©, 1 Dillon Makos
Subs: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Kyle van Dalen, 20 Adrian Bester, 21 Devon Mare, 22 Ewan Abrahams, 23 Carlisle Jordaan