Maties implode in Varsity Cup

Tukkies staged a miraculous second-half comeback to draw 31-31 with Maties in Stellenbosch.

Maties appeared to have the game wrapped up when they led 19-0 at half-time and 31-5 soon after. But Tukkies stormed back, scoring 26 unanswered points.

To add to the drama, replacement Tukkies flyhalf Chandre Boshoff missed with his first attempt of his conversion to draw the game level after replacement fullback Shaun Davids scored the final try, but he got another shot at poles after two Maties players started their run to block the kick too early.

Davids had a great afternoon and it was fitting that he played a part in the final act. He had his opponents clutching air for most of the night with his swerving runs.

But the night belonged to the 19-year old Tukkie winger Gerhard ”Shadow” van den Heever who scored the best try and perhaps most important try of the night to bring his team within seven points of the Maties with only a few minutes to play.

Maties – Tries: Lucien Cloete (2), Pieter Stoffberg, Cameron Peverett. Conversions: Henoe Stoffberg. Penalties: Stoffberg (3).
Tukkies – Tries: Henk de Ridder, Eben Joubert, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Shadow van den Heever, Shaun Davids. Conversions: Chandra Boshoff (3).