A brace by hooker CJ Conradie sets the pace as FNB Wits outmuscle FNB UFH
With four seasons all in one day, it was set to be a thriller of a match, as a packed Fort Hare crowd got behind their FNB UFH Blues, seeking their first win in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International campaign. The FNB Wits were set to dig deep if they wanted to come out on top at Davidson Stadium in Alice.
The match got off to a strong start as FNB Wits drew first blood in the early minutes of the match and FNB Wits hooker, CJ Conradie scored two tries to set the pace for the first half. FNB UFH replied with a try to reduce the deficit through Sias Alandre, but the men from FNB Wits were not just visiting to see the sights of Alice, as outside centre Jarvis Joshua closed off the first half with a try of his own.
FNB UFH showed signs of a comeback in the second half, but silly mistakes and lack of finishing resulted in FNB UFH failing to put points on the board. FNB Wits men pulled the trigger one last time to score a try through Connor Brocksmidt to seal the result.
“The opportunities came our side, we broke the Wits defence, but we could not put it in the sack,” said FNB UFH captain, Zanoxolo Qwele. “And that is not good enough if you want win games. At a point we were 13 on the field and that on any day will cost you games.”
The men from FNB UFH are yet to find a win in the 2016 Varsity Shield, and FNB Wits secure a win away from home, making it two wins from three.
Final score: FNB UFH 8-37 FNB Wits.
Player That Rocks: CJ Conradie (FNB Wits)
FNB UFH: 15 Sibongile Novuka, 14 Aziyena Mandaba, 13 Luyolo Batshise, 12 Siphosethu Tom 11 Asiphe Fihla, 10 Siviwe Bisset, 9 Sias Alandre, 8 Philisani Ncoko, 7 Zanoxolo Qwele, 6 Malusi Vula, 5 Athenkosi Makeleni, 4 Sibusiso Sityebi, 3 Olwethu Mputla, 2 Justin Antonie, 1 Bulelani Mdodana
Replacements: 16 Mzingabantu Vitsha, 17 Lusindiso Nkomo, 18 Asiphe Fanele, 19 Siphelele Phunguzwa, 20 Qhama Masiza, 21 Athiphila Mlotywa, 22 Akhona Matutu, 23 Lulamile Kama
Try: Sias Alandre
Conversion: Bisset Siviwe
FNB Wits: 15 AJ van Blerk, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Joshua Jarvis, 12 Wade Worthington, 11 Sicelo Champion, 10 Warren Gilbert, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Constant Beckerling, 7 Connor Brocksmidt (C), 6 Ruan MacDonald, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Graham Logan, 3 Luvuyo Papuma, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Tijde Visser
Replacements: 16 Craig Hume, 17 Ameer Williams, 18 Mitch Fraser, 19 Aya Mdudi, 20 Luxolo Ntsepe, 21 Kyle Weseman, 22 Wian Coetzee, 23 Brandon Palmer
Tries: CJ Conradie (2), Joshua Jarvis, Connor Brocksmidt
Conversions: Gilbert Warren (2)
Photos by: Michael Sheehan/SASPA