Maties In Control With Ikeys Suprised In Bloemfontein

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We were again treated by open running rugby when the universities in South Africa met in the 4th Round of the 2020 Varsity Cup competition. After the Ikeys vs Cut draw only three teams are left who won all their matches with the Maties mauling of UWC again confirmed their favourite status. Maties is unbeaten since they lost the Varsity Cup Final against TUKS in 2017. Ikeys lost their status as one of the four teams who won al their games this season but remains unbeaten as the drew their game in Bloemfontein against CUT in a thrilling come back by Ikeys at the death.


It was a clash of passion, power and unforgiving wrestling, where the two teams enjoyed moments of conviction and excellence on their way to this nail-biting draw in Bloemfontein.

Ikeys lead 14-12 before CUT took total control of the last 18 minutes of the first half and scored three more tries, two of which were point-of-origin efforts that gave CUT a lead of 37-14 at half-time.

UCT started the second half like a house on fire and scored a three-try blitzkrieg to level the scores at 37-37. CUT took the lead with thirteen minutes after their sixth try with thirteen minutes to go.

During the last 20 minutes CUT scored another converted try to get their noses in front with 13 minutes to go. The Ikeys again showed their fighting spirit and scored a converted try to level the scores with seconds left on the clock.

FNB CUT: Tries: Niell Stannard (2) (1 point-of-origin), Luvuyo Ndevu, PJ Krugell (point-of-origin), Christiaan Nel (point-of-origin), Janus Venter. Conversions: Cohen Jasper (5).
FNB UCT: Tries: Michael Brink, Cuan Hablutzel, James Tedder (point-of-origin), Liam Furniss, Gary Porter, Josh van Vuuren. Conversions: James Tedder (6).

FNB CUT: 15. Cohen Jasper, 14. Christiaan Nel, 13. Ruan Wasserman, 12. Heino Bezuidenhout (captain), 11. PJ Krugell, 10. Neil Stannard, 9. Xavier Swartbooi, 8. Hardus Nel, 7. Luvuyo Ndevu, 6. Hans Terblanche, 5. Derik Pretorius, 4. Brendon Fortuin, 3. Tebogo Masemola, 2. Janus Venter, 1. Quintin Vorster. Replacements: 16. Eddie Davids, 17. Wandré Nortjé, 18. Katleho Morapane, 19. Matthew Sekele, 20. Jacques Ackerman, 21. Jan Kotze, 22. Rassie Breedt, 23. Karabo Maqeba.

FNB UCT: 15. Athi Gazi, 14. Sebastian Roodt, 13. Liam Furniss, 12. Michael Brink, 11. Rayno Mapoe, 10. James Tedder, 9. Liam Kloosman, 8. Busanda Mabena, 7. Neil Otto, 6. Nama Xaba, 5. Gary Porter, 4. Byron Cranswick, 3. Ashwyn Adams, 2. Cuan Hablutzel, 1. Gugu Nelani. Replacements: 16. Josh van Vuuren, 17. Devon Arendse, 18. Luthando Woji, 19. Byron Bowes, 20. Liam Greenhalgh, 21. Kyle Bowman, 22. James McDonald, 23. Tristan Mouton.

FNB Tuks 43-33 FNB Shimlas

FNB UP-Tuks consolidated their position at the top of the log with their fourth straight win in the competition, but their 43-33 victory over FNB Shimlas wasn't as comfortable as the scoreline suggests with the lack of discipline almost costing the home team the game.

After an action-packed first half, that first saw Shimlas take an early lead with TUKS coming back late in the second quarter of the game that gave them a lead 19-17 at half time.

TUKS took control in the second half to lead 43-19 before the Shimlas came back in the last ten minutes to score two converted tries to reduce their deficit to ten points. However a little bit too late for the boys of Bloemfontein with TUKS earning full points for the efforts.

FNB UP-Tuks: Tries: Stephan Smit (2), Stefan Coetzee, Kabelo Mokoena (point-of-origin), Sango Xamlashe, Leshley October. Conversions: Theo Boshoff (3), Alex-Zander du Plessis. Penalty: Theo Boshoff.
FNB Shimlas: Tries: Charl Pretorius (2), Jan Rossouw (2), William Eybers. Conversions: JP Duvenage (4)

FNB UP-Tuks: 15. Lionel April, 14. Stefan Coetzee, 13. Sango Xamlashe, 12. Wian van Niekerk, 11. Kabelo Mokoena, 10. Theo Boshoff, 9. Raegan Oranje, 8. Jaco Bezuidenhout, 7. Hanru Sirgil, 6. Stephan Smit, 5. Marius Verwey (captain), 4. Marcell Barnard, 3. JP Smith, 2. Keano Hendricks, 1. André van der Merwe. Replacements: 16. Llewellyn Claasen, 17. Ethan Burger, 18. Mogau Mabokela, 19. Ewart Potgieter, 20. Keenan Opperman, 21. Leshley October, 22. Elden Schoeman, 23. Alex-Zander du Plessis.

FNB Shimlas: 15. Cham Zondeki, 14. Siyanda Cele, 13. Keegan Haman, 12. William Eybers (captain), 11. Charl Pretorius, 10. JP Duvenage, 9. Rewan Kruger, 8. Stephan Engelbrecht, 7. Sibabalo Qoma, 6. Jan Rossouw, 5. Keenan Murray, 4. Nathan Jordan, 3. Gerrit Visser, 2. Hanno Snyman, 1. Phillip Qaba. Replacements: 16. Jhaques Thyssen, 17. Wihan Marais, 18. Daniël Wessels, 19. Rholane Ncubuka, 20. Mihlali Peter, 21. Chadd Adams, 22. Tiaan Schutte, 23. Kamohelo Chabana.

FNB Wits 27-24 FNB UWC

It took a penalty in the dying moments for FNB Wits to secure a 27-24 win over FNB NWU.

The game initially saw the Witsies get out the starting blocks the quickest. The hosts pounced on mistakes made by NWU, however, the set-piece play was dominated by NWU, who looked particularly strong at scrum time. Unfortunately for them, it was not enough to stop the brilliant Wits attack in the first half and trailed 17-5 at the end of the first half.

The second half wasn't as entertaining but it was NWU who came out the better of the two teams, showing their intent early on. It was, however, an error by the NWU in the dying minutes of the game when they conceded a penalty about 40m out. The rest is history and Wits recorded their third straight win in as many matches. NWU are left rueing what could have been.

FNB Wits: Tries: Matt MacDonald, Philip Krause, Daniel Kasende, Travis Gordon (point-of-origin). Conversion: Kurt Webster. Penalty: Chris Humphries.
FNB NWU: Tries: Edmund Rheeder (2), Chuiner van Rooyen, Lincoln Daniels. Conversions: Lungelo Gosa, Wihan von Wielligh.

FNB Wits: 15. Daniel Kasende, 14. Kwanele Ngema, 13. Sicelo Champion, 12. Aidynn Cupido, 11. Matt McDonald, 10. Kurt Webster, 9. Runaldo Pedro, 8. Travis Gordon, 7. Phillip Krause, 6. Constant Beckerling, 5. Franz Gerber, 4. Kevin du Randt, 3. Keagan Glade, 2. Justin Brandon (captain), 1. Cornel Greeff. Replacements: 16. Mulalo Sadiki, 17. Jason Cloete, 18. Reynard Cronjé, 19. Emmanuel Tshituka, 20. Cal Smid, 21. Hlumelo Ndudula, 22. Christian Humphries, 23. Lwazi Monakali.

FNB NWU: 15. Chuiner van Rooyen, 14. Lungelo Gosa, 13. Evardi Boshoff, 12. Akhona Nela, 11. Eugene Hare, 10, Wihan von Wielligh, 9. Riaan Genis, 8. Edmund Rheeder (captain), 7. Wandi Mazibuko, 6. Chris Vermaak, 5. Danny du Plooy, 4. Malembe Mpofu, 3. Matimu Manganyi, 2. Gustav du Rand, 1. Ruben du Plessis. Replacements: 16. Fanie Mare, 17. Jason Jansen, 18. Ruan Swiegers, 19. Jeandre Leonard, 20. Wihan Nel, 21. Caleb Louw, 22. Lincoln Daniels, 23. Khulu Mcuma.

Maties 77-05 UWC

From the kickoff, Maties showed why they haven't lost a Varsity Cup game since 2017. Drikus Maties dominated the set pieces and, with a great conversion rate, scored at regular intervals. Who is going to stop Maties? Nobody in 2020.

FNB UWC: Try: Peter Williams
FNB Maties: Tries: Dan Jooste (2), Reinhardt Fortuin, Geor Malan (point-of-origin), Gift Dlamini (2) (1 point-of-origin), Matthew Dahl, Dewald Naudé (point-of-origin), Ricky Nwagbara, David Brits (2) (1 point-of-origin). Conversions: Reinhardt Fortuin (5), Cornel Smit.

FNB UWC: 15. Gillroy Philander, 14. Peter Williams, 13. Schalk Carstens, 12. Lyle Hendricks, 11. Aydin Topley, 10. Keagan Fortune, 9. Clayton Daniels, 8. Adriaan Paarwater, 7. Tinotenda Mavesere, 6. Jason Alexander, 5. Matthew le Roux, 4. Jaen-Louis de Lange, 3. Justin Theys, 2. Jacques van Zyl (captain), 1. Luvo Bazi. Replacements: 16. Mark Fairhurst, 17. Dandré Degenaar, 18. Curtly Thomas, 19. Tapiwa Muzanargwo, 20. Branden de Kock, 21. Tiaan-Thomas Henecke, 22. Darren Jaftha, 23. Keon Links.

FNB Maties: 15. Anton du Toit, 14. Munier Hartzenberg, 13. David Brits, 12. Cornel Smit, 11. Dewald Naudé, 10. Reinhardt Fortuin, 9. Matthew Dahl, 8. Marcel Theunissen, 7. Mitchell Carstens, 6. Geor Malan, 5. Ben-Jason Dixon (captain), 4. Zirk Jansen, 3. Sazi Sandi, 2. Dan Jooste, 1. Dian Bleuler. Replacements: 16. Sean Swart, 17. Ricky Nwagbara, 18. Leon Lyons, 19. Albert Liebenberg, 20. Gerrit Huisamen, 21. Gift Dlamini, 22. Remu Malan 23. Waqar Solaan.