Results from round 6 of the competition.
Shimlas 26 v UJ 27
The FNB Varsity Cup clash between Shimlas and UJ ended in high drama, with the Shimlas believing they had won 26-25 before the visitors were awarded the result in their favour 27-26.
The confusion stemmed from a 44th-minute try, by Siphiwe Mazibuko, which was initially awarded as a point-of-origin try, then changed to a ‘normal’ five-pointer moments later. Only, when UJ team management insisted, post-match, that the refeeres review video footage was it reclassified as a point-of-origin try which accounts for the two-point discrepancy. Shimlas have disputed this process, suggesting a change of score via video review lies with the SA Rugby Referees office.
FNB Shimlas: 26 (19)
Tries: Hanno Snyman 4. Conversions: JP Duvenage 3
FNB UJ: 27 (13)
Tries: Penalty Try, Siphiwe Mazibuko, Siphesihle Radebe. Conversion: Jonno Viljoen
Penalties: PW Steenkamp 2
FNB Player that Rocks: Hanno Snyman (Shimlas)
Steers Kinging Moment: Siphesihle Radebe (UJ)
Maties 8 v UCT 7
Maties were made to use all of their luck as they edged out UCT to claim an impressive 21st consecutive home win in the FNB Varsity Cup. It still took some heroic defence from the Maroon Machine to keep out a determined UCT team who were looking to become the first team in 20 games to emerge from the Danie Craven with a victory. The win sees Maties move to the top of the log.
FNB Maties: 8 (5)
Try: Ben-Jason Dixon. Penalty: Cornel Smit
FNB UCT: 7 (0)
Try: Kyle Bowman. Conversion: James Tedder
FNB Player That Rocks: Marcel Theunissen (Maties)
Steers Kinging Award: Ben-Jason Dixon (Maties).
Wits 16 v Tuks 10
Wits kept up their winning ways at the expense of erstwhile table-toppers UP-Tuks. The visitors registered the first points on the board to take a 3-0 lead. Wits hit back almost immediately, thanks to a well worked team effort. Wits continued to score in the second half despite a determined Tuks defence and were able to hold on to secure a famous win at home.
FNB Wits: 16 (8)
Tries: Lindo Ncusane, Yanga Hlalu. Penalties: Kurt Webster 1, Chris Humphries 1
FNB UP-Tuks: 10 (3)
Try: Raegan Oranje (point-of-origin). Penalty: Theo Boshoff
FNB Player That Rocks: Emmanuel Tshituka (Wits)
Steers Kinging Moment: Lindo Ncusane (Wits)
CUT 47 v UWC 10
CUT cruised to an emphatic victory over UWC in Bloemfontein, sending the visitors to the foot of the table. The Ixias’s bonus-point win was built on dominance upfront, and smart backline interplay as they ran in seven tries to the Cape visitors’ sole effort. The result means CUT remain in sixth place on the log, but more significantly move themselves further away from relegation-threatened UJ and UWC.
FNB CUT: 47 (26)
Tries: Ruan Wasserman 2 (1 point-of-origin), Derik Pretorius, PJ Krugell 2, Heino Bezuidenhout, Wandré Nortjé
Conversions: Charles Williams 5
FNB UWC: 10 (3)
Try: Branden de Kock. Conversion: Keagan Fortune. Penalty: Keagan Fortune
FNB Player That Rocks: Jan Kotze (CUT)
Steers Kinging Moment: Wandré Nortjé (CUT)