FNB UP-Tuks Beat A Gutsy FNB UJ And Secure Semi-final Berth


UJ hosted UP-Tuks in Johannesburg. Despite putting up a gutsy performance UJ did not have enough firepower to overcome Tuks who beat them 36-19.

The first half was a closely contested affair with Tuks taking on the heavier UJ forward pack which dominated the scrums towards the end of the half. UJ enjoyed the territorial advantage however, they only managed to score one well-worked converted try from a driving maul.

Tuks on the other hand made better use of their opportunities to score with a successful penalty kick and two tries. The halftime score was 15-7 in favour of Tuks.

The beginning of the second half saw UJ scoring another good try after good pressure play in Tuks’ half to take the score to 15-14. Tuks soon responded by scoring a driving maul try which was converted. Tuks then scored another quick converted try from a good attack in the UJ quarter taking their score to 29-14.

UJ not giving up the fight responded with a good penalty linout driving maul try. With 9 minutes left on the clock Tuks scored a well-worked penalty line-out driving maul try of their own. UJ kept on playing right till the end but Tuks had the final say in the match.

FNB UJ 19 (7) – Tries: Darnell Osuagwu (2), Nkosikhona Masuku. Conversions: Jonathan Viljoen (2).
FNB UP-Tuks 36 (15) – Tries: Zander Reynders, Bernard van der Linde, Stephan Smit, Francois Klopper, Mihali Stamper. Conversions: Stefan Coetzee (4). Penalty: Stefan Coetzee.
FNB Player That Rocks: Bernard van der Linde (FNB UP-Tuks)

FNB UJ – 15 Shaun Baxter, 14 Likhaya Tengimfene, 13 Musa Tshabalala, 12 Indiphile Tyeda, 11 Ilunga Mukendi, 10 Jonathan Viljoen, 9 Mpho Khubeka, 8 Kelvin Kanenungo (co-c), 7 Brendon Pawson, 6 Johannes Terblanche (co-c), 5 Philip Apea-Adu, 4 Babalo Makana, 3 Chergin Fillies, 2 Darnell Osuagwu, 1 Kayden Kiewit. Replacements: 16 Elisha Kwitonga, 17 Andrew Siminyu, 18 Nkosikhona Masuku, 19 Thomas Ongera, 20 Siyemukela Ndlovu, 21 Buhle Qaba, 22 Gerath Louw, 23 Rowan Malgas.

FNB UP-Tuks – 15 Clyde Lewis, 14 Kabelo Mokoena, 13 Zander Reynders, 12 Lincoln Daniels (c), 11 Tharquinn Manuel, 10 Walter Visser, 9 Bernard van der Linde, 8 Orateng Koikanyang, 7 Divan Venter, 6 Stephan Smit, 5 Roald Hattingh, 4 Mihlali Stamper, 3 Francois Klopper, 2 Werner Fourie, 1 André van der Merwe. Replacements: 16 Allister Williams, 17 Henry Till, 18 Daniël Wessels, 19 Kabasele Nkombua, 20 Dian Schoonees, 21 Chad-Lee Valentine, 22 Stephan Coetzee, 23 Ambesa Zenzile.

Article by Francois du Toit