FNB Madibaz Score First Win Of Season Against FNB CUT Ixias


In Gqeberha, Kyle Cyster scored a hat-trick to boost the FNB Madibaz to a 36-26 bonus-point win against the FNB CUT Ixias.

The FNB Madibaz showed their attacking intent from the outset. The hosts lifted the tempo and caught the FNB CUT Ixias defence by surprise. They also used the swirling wind to their advantage and capitalised on several high-ball mistakes by the visitors.

Cyster completed a hat-trick of tries inside 27 minutes. While the Ixias lost flyhalf Xavier Swartbooi to the sin bin thereafter, they finished the half strongly to trail 33-14 at the break.

The FNB Madibaz lost momentum after lock Dylan Halgreen received a yellow card early in the second half. From there, FNB CUT reduced the deficit and secured a four-try bonus point.

The win is a crucial one for the FNB Madibaz, who are looking to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

The FNB CUT Ixias, who haven't won a match to date, could be in trouble if they don’t arrest their current slide.


FNB Madibaz: Tries: Warwick Griffin, Kyle Cyster (2x7,1x5), Khakalethu Bophi; Conversions: Sibalomzi Mqeni (2); Penalty: Mgeni
FNB CUT Ixias 26 (14) – Tries: Tiaan Drotske, Sisipho Nofuya, Christiaan Venter, Zinedene Booysen. Conversions: Floris Brand (3)
FNB Player That Rocks: Kyle Cyster (FNB Madibaz)


FNB Madibaz: 15 Kyle Cyster, 14 Jade Stoffels, 13 Lennox Holster, 12 Troy Delport, 11 Khakalethu Bophi, 10 Sibalomzi Mqeni, 9 Anovuyo Moyikwa, 8 Siyamthanda Jwacu, 7 Leon van der Merwe, 6 Arnouw Nel (c), 5 Dylan Halgreen, 4 Terrance Siyaya, 3 Likhona Dywili, 2 Ruan Jonker, 1 Warwick Griffin. Replacements: 16 Kyle Erasmus, 17 Aqhamile Limba, 18 Marco Nortje, 19 Umna Tokwe, 20 Alwaba Bobelo, 21 André Gerber, 22 Siphosethu Dlongodlongo, 23 Reese Cambier.

FNB CUT Ixias: 15 Floris Brand, 14 Tsepo Malumane, 13 Jandré de Beer, 12 Karabo Maqeba, 11 Jacquin van Wyk, 10 Xavier Swartbooi, 9 Zinedene Booysen, 8 Ulrich Stander, 7 Luvuyo Ndevu (c), 6 Niel Venter, 5 Kevin Strydom, 4 Matthew Sekele, 3 Sisipho Nofuya, 2 Tiaan Drotske, 1 Albertus Venter. Replacements: 16 Tebogo Masemola, 17 De-Angelo Williams, 18 Laurence Victor, 19 Francois Bester, 20 Teboho Rampai, 21 Christiaan Venter, 22, Jan Kotze, 23 Gian Bester.