Varsity Shield heats up action at the FNB TUT Stadium
Undefeated FNB UKZN ran riot against hosts FNB TUT, defeating the hosts 63-30 on Monday night at the TUT Stadium.
FNB UKZN didn’t take long to put their name on the scoreboard, as Jean Droste ran over the line in the first five minutes. The visitors took an eight-point lead, but it did not last long. FNB TUT replied with a try of their own in the 10th minute. Captain Lukas Van Zyl put the home side in the lead after converting a penalty in the 15th minute. Three minutes later FNB UKZN’s Grant Rattray put the visitors back in the lead by scoring wide on the left, which was not converted.
FNB TUT added two tries in the space of two minutes as Tshepo Nyathi scored underneath the poles, extending the lead to 25-13 for the FNB Vikings. In the 39th minute, Sibusiso Nkosi scored a try for FNB UKZN and the teams went to half-time with the scoreboard reading 25-18 to FNB TUT.
In the third minute of the second half, Jean Droste put his side back in the lead and his try was converted, making the score 26-25 to FNB UKZN. It was game on. Andrew Acton extended the lead with a converted try putting FNB UKZN 34-25 up and FNB UKZN were building seriosu momentum. Eight minutes later Sibusiso Nkosi of FNB UKZN ran over the line for the second time, before his try was converted to make it 42-25 for FNB UKZN.
Shawn Jaards pulled one back for FNB TUT, but Tristan Blewett extended the lead for FNB UKZN lead after a converted try. The score 50-30 for FNB UKZN.
With 14 men on the field, the FNB UKZN Impi did not back down after Sbusiso Nkosi received a yellow card in the 66th minute. At 74 minutes Tristan Tredder took the score to 55-30 For FNB UKZN. With 40 seconds remaining on the clock, Triston Tredder scored the final Try of the night. The score was 63-30 at full-time, in the favour of FNB UKZN.
Player That Rocks: Curwin Bosch (FNB UKZN)
The FNB TUT: 15 Lisa Banzi, 14 Chestwin Gaffley, 13 Arno Brits, 12 Ian Truter, 11 Tshepo Nyathi, 10 Lukas Van Zyl (C), 9 Shaun Jaards, 8 Claude Johannes, 7 Francois De Villiers, 6 Percy Mathloko, 5 William Thompson, 4 Calvin Maduna, 3 Kevin Ngonyama, 2 Christo Lategan, 1 Stanley Modjadji
Replacements: 16 Jurie Huyser, 17 JJ Nelson, 18 George Letshuma, 19 Armand Marshall, 20 Litha Vumisa, 21 Dumisani Mthethwa, 22 Frankie Abrahams , 23 Jonty Voogt
FNB UKZN: 15 Dube Siphathisene, 14 Nkosi Sbusiso, 13 Grant Rattray, 12 Alwyno Visagie, 11 Shayne Makhombe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Willem Badenhorst, 8 Michael Meyer, 7 Sanele Malwane, 6 Kwezi Puza, 5 Jean Droste, 4 Jordan Martin, 3 Ntandoyenkosi Mpofana, 2 Mikyle Webster (C), 1 Andrew Acton.
Replacements: 16 Kerron Van Vuuren, 17 Lindokuhle Radebe, 18 Rikus Zwart, 19 Zwela Zondi, 20 Langelihle Shange, 21 Tristan Tedder, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Pierre Van der Walt.
Tries: Jean Droste (2), Grant Rattray, Sbusiso Nkosi (2), Andrew Acton, Tristan Blewett, Tristan Tedder (2)
Conversions: Curwin Bosch
Penalties: Curwin Bosch
Tries: Calvin Maduna, Lisa Banzi, Tshepo Nyathi, and Shawn Jaards.
Penalties: Lukas Van Zyl
Conversions: Lukas Van Zyl
Images: Catherine Kotze/SASPA