Dramatic Win For NWU Eagles Against Wits

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Flyhalf Keagan Fortune kicked an 82nd-minute penalty goal to give the FNB NWU Eagles a dramatic (22-20) against Wits win at Loftus Versfeld.

It was Fortune’s fifth penalty in a match that was played in pouring rain for most of the first half. He punished the indiscipline of FNB Wits, who outscored their opponents by three tries to one and took a 20-19 lead in the 79th minute.

FNB Wits came into this match with confidence having thrashed the FNB Madibaz on Tuesday, while FNB NWU were looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing loss to FNB Maties.

As the rain bucketed down at Loftus, Fortune kicked an early penalty for FNB NWU before prop Keagan Glade went over for FNB Wits’ first try.

FNB Wits were dealt a heavy blow after losing experienced lock Kevin du Randt, who was stretchered off the field, and Fortuin’s second penalty gave the Eagles a slender 6-5 lead at half-time.

No 8 Travis Gordon showed great strength and skill to score FNB Wits’ second try early in the second half, but Fortune’s boot reduced the deficit to one.

In the 57th minute, FNB Wits flyhalf Kurt Webster was red-carded for a shoulder charge and FNB NWU finally gained momentum through the maul, with replacement hooker Gustav du Rand scoring his seventh try of the tournament.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as FNB Wits centre Yanga Hlalu sliced through the defence to score under the posts and fullback Christian Humphries’ first conversion of the evening put his side ahead 17-16.

Fortune and Humphries then exchanged penalties, but it was the Eagles No 10 who would have the final say.

FNB Player That Rocks: Chuiner van Rooyen (FNB NWU Eagles)

FNB NWU Eagles – Try: Gustav du Rand. Conversion: Keagan Fortune. Penalties: Keagan Fortune (5).
FNB Wits – Tries: Keagan Glade, Travis Gordon, Yanga Hlalu. Conversion: Christian Humphries. Penalty: Christian Humphries.