The Final Before The Final At Danie Craven Stadium

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There are only three teams unbeaten in the 2020 Varsity Cup competition with Ikeys also unbeaten but one game a draw. With four rounds left semi-finalists will be TUKS, Ikeys, Maties and Wits with the Pukke who have a very remote chance to qualify. However, all eyes will be on the Danie Craven Stadium where the mighty Maties will host a lucky and struggling TUKS.

Shimlas vs CUT

Shimlas lost in 2019 against CUT 38-35 for the first time in FNB Varsity Cup history. Currently CUT is one point above Shimlas on the 2020 FNB Varsity Cup Log in the 7th position with four points on the log, with both teams still looking for their first win of the 2020 competition.

FNB Shimlas can only blame themselves for their current standing in the FNB Varsity Cup. FNB Shimlas had opportunities to win against FNB UWC and FNB NWU but lost these games due to opportunities not taken and bad decisions on the field.

“We need to step up our game and execute our game plan, it is important that we secure quality ball possession from the line outs and scrums if we want to win FNB CUT this coming Monday,” said Coach Hendro Scholtz before this important battle.

Could CUT make it two from two, I think they can?

Maties vs TUKS

The question in the 2020 competition is not who is going to win the Varsity Cup but rather who is going to win silver. TUKS is unbeaten with the games against NWU and UJ won by TUKS in the final seconds of the game. Maties, on the other hand, are crushing everything that is crossing their path.

If TUKS win this I will say "sorreeee" but I doubt it.


UJ travels to Potchefstroom and needs to win this to move off the bottom of the league table and avoid automatic relegation at the end of the competition. NWU has just won one game while UJ is still looking for their first win.

NWU must be the favourite at home but UJ is definately not as bad as the league table suggests. But NWU it should be.

Ikeys vs Wits

Ikeys will want to correct their "mishap" against CUT last Monday after a 44-44 draw. Wits is, on the other hand, is still unbeaten after four rounds and has shown they know how to win the big games. The team that wins this one should avoid the Maties in the semifinal and could therefore theoretically still qualify for the final in Stellenbosch.

Ikeys is at home but Wits just have the dog in them that could just surprise, but clever money must go on Ikeys.