FNB UJ emerge victorious in a tightly contested match against FNB Wits

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FNB UJ emerge victorious in a tightly contested match against FNB Wits

FNB UJ managed to beat rivals FNB Wits in an enthralling game to solidify their top four spot in the 2017 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.

The opening half of the Johannesburg derby went in the way of FNB Wits early on as they scored an early penalty through Warren Gilbert, and were a man up as FNB UJ starlet Aphiwe Dyanti received a yellow card in the opening five minutes. FNB UJ were up for the task as flyhalf Divan Nel also converted a penalty and it was soon 3-3.

The home side then needed assistance from the TMO, and the referee awarded the try courtesy of Jo-Hanko De Villiers to go 8-3 ahead. Warren Gilbert of FNB Wits closed the gap with a penalty and keep the game within reach. FNB UJ pounced on some hesitant defending and Jaco Fourie managed to block a kick as the ball bounced in his favor to touch down for a try. Divan Nel scored the conversion from an acute angle to make 15-6.

FNB Wits stormed through with a powerful maul and the home side were left flat footed. Their try was converted by hooker CJ Conradie, and the captain made no mistake with the conversion, 15-13. At this stage FNB Wits were playing like the home side, as their away supporters, who came out in numbers, spurred them on and they eventually took the lead thanks to Ruan Cloete. FNB Wits led 18-15. FNB clawed back thanks to Divan Nel and the match was perfectly poised at 18-18 heading into halftime.

The tightly contested match could afford no margin for error and FNB UJ took a slender advantage with another penalty for Divan Nel.

The match was reaching its climax and the stadium filled to capacity were anticipating an epic finale. With the score at 21-18 to FNB UJ, the home side scored the try that mattered as Adrian Bester touched with a vital five-pointer, and Divan Nel scored the conversion. The score was now 28-18. There was, however, to be a final twist in the tale as FNB Wits powered through again from a maul and were narrowly behind 28-23.

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FNB Player that Rocks: Jo-Hanko De Villiers (FNB UJ)


Tries: Jo Hanko De Villiers, Jaco Fourie, Adrian Bester
Cons: Divan Nel (2)
Pen: Divan Nel (3)
Yellow Cards: Aphiwe Dyanti
FNB Wits: 23
Tries: CJ Conradie, Ruan Cloete, Graham Logan
Cons: Warren Gilbert
Pen: Warren Gilbert (2)


FNB UJ starting XV: 1 Waldo Weideman, 2 Johannes Snyman ©, 3 Kyle Kruger, 4 Kevin du Randt, 5 Adriaan Bester, 6 Gavin Delport, 7 Wian Conradie, 8 Jo-Hanco de Villiers, 9 Johan Esterhuizen, 10 Divan Nel, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea, 12 Jaco Fourie, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 14 Ronald Brown, 15 Ewan Adams
Replacements: 16 Baard Le Roux, 17 Sarel Smith, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Leon Massyn, 21 Devon Mare, 22 Carlisle Jordaan, Peter-John Walters.
FNB Wits starting XV: 15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Kwanele Ngema 13 Wandisile Simelane , 12 Brandan Hewitt, 11 Luxolo Ntsepe, 10 Warren Gilbert, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Constant Beckerling, 7 Conor Brockschmidt, 6 Ruan Mcdobald, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Graham Logan , 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2 CJ Conradie, 1. CJ Greef
Replacements: 16. Justin Brandon, 17. Brandon Palmer, 18. Pascal Snyman, 19Jethro De Lange, 20 Tyrone Green, 21 Joshua Jarrvis, 22. AJ Van Blerk, 23. Ameer Williams

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FNB Maties defeat FNB CUT in high scoring affair
FNB Maties ensured that they will stay in the running for the final of the Varsity Cup, by comfortably rolling over a gutsy FNB CUT in Bloemfontein this evening. After leading 43-16 at the break, FNB Maties eventually won 73-44, scoring nine tries to the five of FNB CUT.

As was the case last week, FNB CUT came back with a bang late in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries in the last 10 minutes. FNB Maties ensured victory in the first half, scoring five tries, of which four were seven-point tries. Adding to this fullback Tiaan Swanepoel drove home the score board advantage by slotting all five first half conversions.

FNB CUT Ixias found it difficult to get their rhythm going, only scoring their first try in the match shortly before half time. FNB Maties enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession, and at times FNB CUT’s defence lacked early on. Centre Michal Haznar earned the title of “FNB Player that Rocks”, while winger Craig Barry exceled on attack. Prop JE van der Merwe tried hard all match long. For FNB CUT Ixias Mosego Toolo, Ruben Heymans and Olwethu Ndakisa impressed.

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FNB Player That Rocks: Michal Haznar (FNB Maties)


FNB Maties: 73

Tries : Craig Barry (4), Edwill Van Der Merwe , Johan Momsen , JE Van Der Merwe, Mitchell Carstens, Iver Aanhuizen

Cons: Swanepoel (6) and Ernst Stapelberg

FNB CUT Ixias: 44

Tries: Henco Smit,Stefan Kruger , Reuben Heymans , Brendan Verster, Ndakisa

Cons: Marin Jacobs (4)

Pens: Jacobs (3)


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FNB Shimlas secure win against FNB Madibaz

FNB Shimlas beat FNB Madibaz 23-7 in the eighth round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Bloemfontein at Xerox Shimla Park and could not secure a bonus point, leaving their semi-final spot dependant on next week’s result between FNB Tuks and FNB Pukke.

The match started off at a high tempo of rugby from both sides. From the kick off FNB Madibaz exposed the defence of the FNB Shimlas and ran through the whole pack forwards. FNB Shimlas recovered rapidly and opened their account first with a seven-pointer from a brilliant tactical kick by winger Carel Coetzee, which was picked up by fullback Marco Mason. He converted his own try to make the score 9-0 to FNB Shimlas.

In the next 10 minutes of the game FNB Shimlas carried most of the ball and had two opportunities to score but unfortunately the final passes went astray. After consistent pressure by the FNB Shimlas, followed by a fine backline move, winger Vuyani Maqina went over for a five-pointer, unfortunately the conversion attempt failed.

FNB Shimlas stretched the lead to 14-0 in the 28th minute of the game. FNB Madibaz had an opportunity to score in the corner just 10 minutes later, but excellent defence from the FNB Shimlas’ flyhalf Nicholaas Naude prevented the FNB Madibaz centre Ivan du Preez from grounding the ball.

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FNB Madibaz centre Andile Jho crossed the line for a seve- pointer to make take the half time score to FNB Shimlas 14-7 FNB Madibaz. FNB Shimlas kept the momentum as flyhalf Nakkie Naude scored the third try, converted by Marco Mason, to stretch the lead to 23-7 two minutes into the second half, still chasing the bonus point secure a Varsity Cup semi-final.

FNB Shimlas dominated play in all phases of the game and kept the FNB Madibaz in their 22metre area, but struggled to convert possession into points. With the second half strategy break FNB Shimlas still needed a bonus-point try to secure that semi-final spot.

In the last 10 minutes FNB Madibaz found their second wind, playing the ball wide with attacking rugby testing the defence of the FNB Shimlas. FNB Shimlas replacement hooker Francois Steyn was sent off with a yellow card with five minutes play remaining, making play difficult for the FNB Shimlas with 14 players on the pitch.

The fulltime score was 23-7 to the FNB Shimlas, who will be supporting FNB Tuks when they face FNB Pukke next week. FNB Shimlas have a bye.

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FNB Player that Rocks: Marco Mason (FNB Shimlas)


FNB Shimlas: 23

Tries: Marco Mason (seven-pointer), Vuyani Maqina (five-pointer), Nakkie Naude (seven-pointer)

Cons: Marco Mason (2)

Yellow cards: Francois Steyn

FNB Madibaz: 7

Tries: Andile Jho (seven-pointer)

Yellow card: Francois Nieuwoudt


FNB Shimlas starting XV: 15 Marco Mason, 14 Vuyani Maqina , 13 Kurt Eybers,12 Lihleli Xoli, 11 Carel Coetzee,  10 Nicholaas Naude , 9 Armand Pretorius, 8 Wilandre Kotzenberg, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana  ,6 Benji Janse Van Vuuren , 5  Niel Claasen, 4 Nicolaas Immelman ,3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Anrich Alberts , 1 Kwenzokuhle Blose

Substitutes: 16 Francois Steyn, 17 Johan Kotze, 18 Thabiso Msiza , Raymond Woest, 20 Nardus Erasmus, 21 Dian Badenhorst, 22 Rayhaan Lombaard ,23 Sechaba Matsoele

FNB Madibaz starting XV: 1 Xandre Vos, 2 Juan Pierre Jamieson, 3 Nicholaas Oosthuizen, 4 Wynand Grassmann , 5 Reyno du Toit, 6 Francois Nieuwoudt , 7 Brandon Brown , 8 Kevin Kaba , 9 Rouche Nel, 10 Michael Kean, 11 Jixie Molapo, 12 Andile Jho  , 13 Ivan John du Preez, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje , 15 Siyanda Zungu.

Substitutes: 16 Xolela Gogela , 17 Tembelihle Yase  , 18 Graham Tharratt , 19 Neil Roebeck , 20 Warren Hollis  21 Tevin Claasen , 22 Simon Bolze , 23 Petros Msutwana.


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FNB Tuks turn tables on FNB UCT

FNB UP-Tuks outscored FNB UCT seven tries to three in their 51-23 win (halftime 12-23) over the men from Cape Town in their Round Eight match of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Pretoria. FNB UP-Tuks started like a house on fire, making regular inroads in FNB UCT’s half but it was the Capetonians who scored first through hooker Cuan Hablutzel. Hablutzel barged over for his second try moments later to give FNB UCT a 14-point lead.

FNB UCT added salt to the University of Pretoria’s wounds when no.8 Nyasha Tarusenga chased a perfectly placed kick to score a seven-point try in the 28th minute. FNB UP-Tuks may have been down in the first half but they were certainly not out as the home team scored tries to scrumhalf Andre Warner and wing Sibahle Maxwane. Flyhalf Tinus de Beer converted Maxwane’s efforts to go into the break 12-23.

The second half proved to be an all Pretoria affair with FNB UP-Tuks scoring five more tries including two penalty tries. Maxwane and De Beer were in fine form for FNB UP-Tuks as they both dotted down seven-point tries while centre Toko Maebane showed immense strength to power over the line for a try of his own.

FNB UP-Tuks travel to Potchefstroom where they will face defending champions FNB NWU-Pukke next Monday. Kick-off is scheduled for 16:45 and the match will be televised.

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FNB Player that Rocks: Divan Rossouw (FNB UP-Tuks)


FNB UP-Tuks: 51
Andre Warner, Sibahle Maxwane (5 pt. try, 7 pt. try), Toko Maebane, Penalty Try (2), Tinus de Beer (7 pt. try)
Cons: Tinus de Beer (4). Yellow cards: Gary Porter (FNB UCT), Cuan Hablutzel (FNB UCT), Michael Kumburai (FNB UCT)
Cuan Hablutzel (2), Nyasha Tarusenga (seven pt try)
Cons: Lohan Lubbe (3) Yellow cards: Chris Massyn (FNB UP-Tuks)

FNB UP-Tuks:15. Divan Rossouw, 14. Dewald Naude, 13. Toko Maebane, 12. Impi Visser, 11. Sibahle Maxwane, 10. Tinus de Beer, 9. Andre Warner, 8. Clyde Davids, 7. Chris Massyn (c), 6. Eduan Lubbe, 5. Aston Fortuin, 4. Brian Leitch, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Corniel Els, 1. Andrew Beerwinkel.

Replacements: 16. Jan-Henning Campher, 17. Jaco Holtzhausen, 18. Marius Verwey, 19. Jsuan-Re Swanepoel, 20. Embrose Papier, 21. Keanan van Wyk, 22. Joshua Stander, 23. Gerhard Steenekamp

FNB UCT: 15. Lohan Lubbe, 14. Rayno Mapoe, 13. Joel Smith, 12. Hendrik Lategan, 11. Seb Roodt, 10. Rob Anderson, 9. Stefano de Gouveia, 8. Nyasha Tarusenga, 7. Kuyenzeka Xaba, 6. Jason Klaasen (c), 5. Gary Porter, 4. Duncan Saffy, 3. Michael Kumburai, 2. Cuan Hablutzel, 1. Wayrin Losper

Replacements: 16. Martin Chandler, 17. William Day, 18. Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19. Alva Senderayi, 20. Sanele Malwane, 21. Msizi Zondi, 22. Michael Henning, 23. Gerard Pieterse

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A short wrap-up of all the matches played in round 8 of the 2017 Varsity Cup. Matches were played on 20 March 2017 across the country.
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