Tuks trample CUT in record win
UP-Tuks scored 14 tries in their 100-0 (halftime 54-0) drubbing of CUT Ixias in round six of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday.
The men from Pretoria set a new winning margin with their 100-nil win, surpassing the record set by UJ against TUT (93-0) in 2012.
It took UP-Tuks a mere six minutes to record their first try through inside centre Joshua Stander. His try was followed by tries for prop Neethling Fouche, a brace for wing Dewald Naude and fullback Manie Libbok, lock Brian Leitch and scrumhalf Andre Warner.
Naude and Libbok's second tries were particularly noteworthy with Naude running a perfect angle off flyhalf Tinus de Beer to score untouched while Libbok collected a perfect grubber to score a seven-point try.
World Rugby's crackdown on illegal tackles was brought to light when UP-Tuks no.8 Jsuan-re Swanepoel was shown a yellow card in the 27th minute for rolling a player by his neck.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Naude crossing for his hat-trick. The University of Pretoria crossed the line a further five times to end the match with 14 tries.
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Inside centre Divan Rossouw showed the spirit that defines rugby when he crossed the line to score his second try but opted to allow De Beer the opportunity to get his name on the scoreboard.
The FNB Player that Rocks, Manie Libbok, showed exactly why he is a junior Springbok when he put in a perfectly weighted cross kick that saw wing Sibahle Maxwane score his first Varsity Cup try.
It was replacement prop Franco van den Berg who had the last say in a one-sided match when he raced away to score three minutes after the end of regulation time. Libbok converted to bring up the magic 100.
UP-Tuks travel to Bloemfontein to face Shimlas next Monday. Kick-off is scheduled for 6.30pm.
FNB Player that Rocks: Manie Libbok (UP-Tuks)
UP-Tuks: 100 Tries: Joshua Stander, Neethling Fouche, Dewald Naude (3), Manie Libbok (2), Brian Leitch, Andre Warner, Aston Fortuin, Sibahle Maxwane, Divan Rossouw, Tinus de Beer, Franco van den Berg Cons: Stander (4), Libbok (5)
UP-Tuks: 15. Manie Libbok, 14. Dewald Naude, 13. Divan Rossouw, 12. Joshua Stander, 11. Sibahle Maxwane, 10. Tinus de Beer, 9. Andre Warner, 8. Jsuan-Re Swanepoel, 7. Chris Massyn (c), 6. Eduan Lubbe, 5. Brian Leitch, 4. Aston Fortuin, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Jan-Henning Campher, 1. Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16. Theuns Reynolds, 17. Jaco Holtzhausen, 18. Marius Verwey, 19. Denzel Hill, 20. Theo Maree, 21. Keanan van Wyk, 22. Willem Strydom, 23. Franco van den Berg.
CUT: 15. Ruan Wasserman, 14. Tsitetso Madonsela, 13. Waldo Putter, 12. Johan Nel (c), 11. Olwethu Ndakisa, 10. Martin Jacobs, 9. Ruben Heymans, 8. Stefan Kruger, 7. Vincent Maruping, 6. Dean Rossouw, 5. Andre Venter, 4. Kian Skippers, 3. Henco Smit, 2. Stefan Jacobs, 1. Kabous van Schalkwyk.
Replacements: 16. Lambert Rautenbach, 17. Jean Volkwyn, 18. Kyle Ess, 19. Brendan Verster, 20. Dian Dry, 21. Dean Jacobs, 22. Gert Cronje, 23. Mosego Toolo.
UJ REIGN SUPREME IN EIGHT-TRY THRILLER
UJ made it three wins in a row as they managed to overcome a spirited performance by Madibaz as they managed to win their match 36-28 at the UJ stadium.
The home side set the tone of the match early on as they applied relentless pressure on Madibaz' territory and looked likely to break the deadlock. They had to be patient with their build-up as the away side came into the game with a defensive strategy.
UJ eventually took the lead courtesy of some awful handling and butter-fingers from Madibaz, as prop Nico du Plessis was gifted with one of the easiest tries he could have scored. Divan Nel slotted the conversion and it was 7-0 to the home side.
After the first strategic break UJ were gaining momentum and Divan Nel converted a penalty to add another three points. UJ were all over Madibaz as the away side spent the majority of the half defending their try line.
UJ were playing with that swagger, and it was evident when the team touched down from a maul and prop Waldo Weideman scored UJ’s second try. Divan Nel, as usual, made sure of the conversion and UJ were 17-0. However, just on the stroke of halftime Madibaz managed to score a try and added some respect to the scoreline. Flyhalf Thomas Kean scored the try but missed the resulting conversion. It was 17-5 going into halftime.
The halftime talk seemed to have done the trick for the Madibaz team as lock Wynard Grassmann caught UJ napping and made it a seven-point game as the conversion was missed, 17-10 after 45 minutes.
The tables had turned when Madibaz got their third try in succession and put themselves back in the contest launching wave after wave of attacks, and they scored courtesy of Nicholas Oosthuizen. The match remarkably turned around with the score at 17-19, 10 minutes into the second half. Credit to the coach of Madibaz, who spurred his team back into the game.
The match was turning into a thriller, as Aphiwe Dyanti stepped his way past the Madibaz defence and managed to offload to scrumhalf Johan Esterhuizen to score a seven-point try and UJ were ahead 26-19.
Nel scored a penalty and made it a 10-point game as UJ were ahead 29-19. The nerves were finally ended when winger Godfrey Ramaboea scored the decisive try, with the conversion scored by Nel to put UJ comfortably ahead 36-19. However Madibaz refused to go down without a fight and scored a try late on by Simon Bolze, and the conversion was successful.
The match eventually ended 36-28 to the home side.
FNB Player that Rocks: Aphiwe Dyanti (UJ)
UJ: 36 Tries: Nico Du Plessis, Waldo Weideman, Johan Esterhuizen (seven-point), Godfrey Ramaboea Cons: Divan Nel (4) Pen: Divan Nel (2)
NMMU: 28 Tries: Thomas Kean, Nicholas Oosthuizen (seven-point), Wynard Grassmann, Simon Bolze (seven-point) Cons: Thomas Kean (2)
UJ Starting XV: 15 Ewan Adams, 14 Carlisle Jordan, 13 Aphiwe Dyanti, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johann Esterhuizen, 8 Leon Massyn, 7 Adrian Bester, 6 Wian Conradie, 5 Reinhaardt Nothnagel, 4 Kevin du Randt, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman ©, 1 Waldo Weideman
Replacements: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Jo Hanko De Villiers, 20 Siyabonga Luwaca, 21 Devon Mare, 22 Johann Vermaak , 23 Peter John Walters
NMMU Starting XV: 15 Lindelwu Zungu, 14 Mayinje Athenkosi, 13 Siphumelele Mtsutwana, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Ivan-John du Preez, 10 Thomas Kean, 9 Rouche Nel, 8 Kevin Kaba ©, 7 Henry Brown, 6 Stephanus Nieuwoudt, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Wynand Grassman, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 JP Jamieson, 1 Xandre Vos
Replacements: 16 Jedwyn Harty, 17 Thembelihle Yase, 18 Nicolas Roebeck, 19 du Toit Reyno , 20 Justin Hollis, 21 Lovu Claassen, 22 Bolze Simon Nord, 23 Molapo. Nkosinathi
MATIES SLAM SHIMLAS
Maties thrashed Shimlas 58-12 in Bloemfontein as they played for the first time ever at the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs
Shimlas started the game on the wrong foot when scrumhalf Armand Pretorius was yellow-carded for not retreating 10 metres right near the Shimlas tryline. Maties used the opportunity and launched a back-line move where winger Edwill van der Merwe scored the first try, converted by flyhalf Chris Smith, putting Maties in the lead 7-0, eight minutes into the game.
Maties kept the momentum and flyhalf Chris Smith scored in the corner, converting his own try and taking the lead to 14-0, 15 minutes into the game. Flaming Maties scored a third try from the kick-off when flanker Stephan Streicher rounded off with a seven-pointer converted by Chris Smith, dominating the game 23-0 after only 18 minutes.
The Maties scrumhalf was yellow-carded for descent in the 20th minute of the first half. The penalty gave Shimlas territorial advantage and they scored from a lineout as scrumhalf Pretorius went over to put the Shimlas on the scoreboard, 23-5.
Once again Maties found gaps in the Shimlas defence and scored their fourth try, winger Duncan Saal with a seven-pointer, converted by Chris Smith 30 minutes into the game, stretching the lead to 32-5. Shimlas answered with a five-point try, after Stephan Janse Van Rensburg crossed the tryline and it was converted by Marco Mason, ending the first half 32-12 in favour of Maties.
Maties dominated the first half using their opportunities with first class back-line play, finding gaps in the Shimlas defence. Maties kept momentum and winger Van der Merwe rounded off a great back-line move with a five-point try, his second, in the corner, taking the game away from the Shimlas with the score 37-12 just 47 minutes in.
Poor play from the Shimlas allowed Maties to intercept the ball deep in their 22, giving pacey winger Van der Merwe an opportunity for a third try, another seven-pointer, stretching the score to 44-12. Weak defence from the Shimlas handed Maties an easy seventh try, as flanker Johan van Niekerk sealed the game. It was 51-12 with 10 minutes remaining.
Maties ended the game off in style in the last minute, scoring their eighth through fullback Craig Barry, converted by Reinhardt Fortuin and sealing the game 58-12. Maties’ four seven-pointers are testimony to their excellent back-line play, supported by quality ball possession from the forwards. Shimlas clearly didn’t pitch up for the match and didn’t play well in all phases of the game. The injuries of both Shimlas flyhalves certainly hindered the team. And it is clear that Maties is the team to beat in the Varsity Cup this year.
FNB Player that Rocks: Edwill Van der Merwe (Maties)
Shimlas: 12 Tries: Armand Pretorius (five-pointer), Stephan Janse Van Rensburg (five-pointer) Cons: Marco Mason (1) Yellow cards: Armand Pretorius
Maties: 58 Tries: Edwill Van der Merwe (five-pointer X2, seven-pointer), Chris Smith (five-pointer), Stephan Streicher (seven-pointer), Duncan Saal (seven pointer), Johan Van Niekerk (seven-pointer), Craig Barry (five-pointer) Cons: Chris Smit (4), Reinhardt Fortuin (1) Yellow cards: Brendon Nell
Shimlas Starting XV: 15 Sechaba Motsoela, 14 Vuyani Maqina , 13 Carel Wynand Coetzee, 12 Lihleli Xoli, 11 Marco Mason, 10 Stephan Janse Van Rensburg , 9 Armand Pretorius, 8 Nardus Erasmus, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana ,6 Daniel Maartens,5 Raymond Woest, 4 Nicolaas Immelman ,3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Francois Steyn , 1 Johan Kotze
Replacements: 16 Anrich Alberts, 17 Abram Venter ,18 Kwenzokuhle Blose ,19 Ruben Schoeman , 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Dian Badenhorst , 22 Rayhaan Lombaard ,23 Wilandre Kotzenberg
Maties Starting XV: 1 Niel Oelofse, 2 Corbet Craig , 3 Jacobus Van der Merwe , 4 Ernst van Rhyn , 5 Johannes Momsen, 6 Mitchell Carstens , 7 Stephan Streicher, 8 Ryan Nash, 9 Niel Shane , 10 Christopher Smith , 11 Edwill Van der Merwe , 12 Chris Smit , 13 Kyle Steyn , 14 Duncan Saal, 15 Craig Barry (Capt)
Replacements: 16 Hendrik Luus, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Roux Swart, 19 Saud Abrahams, 20 Johan Van Niekerk 21 Albertus De Wet, 22 Reinhardt, 23 Michal Haznar
BIG WIN FOR WITS LEAVES NWU-PUKKE REELING
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Wits came with one goal and that was to put their sharpest performance in against the defending champions, NWU-Pukke. The visitors claimed bragging rights with a final score of 22-13.
It was the NWU-Pukke’s hooker Louis van der Westhuizen who opened the scoreboard for the home team with a corner try, but Julian Delicado’s kicking boot was unsuccessful and could only put them on 5-0. Van der Westhuizen received a yellow card to leave his team with 14 men on the field.
But flyhalf Gianni Lombard from Wits showed a classy comeback performance to put the visitors in the lead 7-5 in the 21st minute of the clash. Lombard converted his own try successfully.
With Delicado struggling to get rhythm with his boot, he finally managed to kick a penalty through the poles to turn the match in the favour of his side, 8-7 in the 26th minute.
The tall Marno Redelinghuys set up a try for NWU-Pukke’s Jimmy Mpailane as they took the lead into halftime 13-7 up on the board.
It was the left flanker, Constant Beckerling, who narrowed the gap between the two sides as he stumbled over the try line for Wits to put them one point behind 13-12. Lombard missed a difficult conversion.
NWU-Pukke lacked yet again on their discipline as the replacement hooker, Wilmar Arnoldi, had been yellow carded for a high and dangerous tackle to give Lombard a penalty opportunity to put his team in the lead, 15-13 up against the defending champions.
It was Manuel Rass from Wits who took the game away from NWU-Pukke as he went over for a seven-point try to give his team a substantial lead. Wits left the field with a victory of 22-13 over the defending champions as they claimed the bragging rights. NWU-Pukke had just suffered their second consecutive defeat.
FNB Player that rocks: Constant Beckerling (Wits)
NWU-Pukke: 13 Tries: Louis van der Westhuizen (five-pointer), Jimmy Mpailane (five-pointer) Penalties: Julian Delicado (1) Yellow Card: Louis van der Westhuizen, Wilmar Arnold
Wits: 22 Tries: Gianni Lombard (five-pointer), Constant Beckerling (five- pointer), Manuel Rass (five-pointer) Conversions: Gianni Lombard (2) Penalties: Gianni Lombard (1)
NWU-Pukke starting XV: 1 Dolf van Deventer, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 3 Morné Strydom, 4 Loftus Morrison, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 7 Marno Redelinghuys, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 9 Chriswill September, 10 Julian Delicado, 11 Lungelo Gosa, 12 Jaap Pienaar, 13 Elden Schoeman, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 15 Tapiwe Mafura
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Dewald Dekker, 18 Matimu Reckson Manganyi, 19 Boela Venter, 20 Marcel Henn, 21 Caleb Louw, 22 Nkululeko Mcuma, 23 Dean Stokes
Wits starting XV: 1 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 4 Graham Logan,5 Rhyno Herbst, 6 Constant Beckerling, 7 Conor Brockschmidt, 8 Jethro de Lange, 9 Ruan Cloete, 10 Gianni Lombard,11 Joshua Jarvis, 12 Brandan Hewitt, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 15 Luxolo Ntsepe
Replacements: 16 Justin Brandon, 17 Brandon Palmer, 18 Pascal Snyman, 19 Michael Renwick, 20 Karl Erasmus, 21 Manuel Rass, 22 Warren Gillbert, 23 Ameer Williams