NWU-Pukke and the University of Cape Town claimed victories in the latest round of the Varsity Cup.
Pukke beat national club champions Maties 31-24 in Potchefstroom, while UCT edged UJ 34-31 in Jo’burg.
Pukke appeared to have their game wrapped when they led 28-10 in the second half, but Maties scored twice to set up an exciting finish. When the final whistle blew, the visitors were close to the tryline again, only this time Pukke’s defence stood firm.
While Pukke fullback CornÃ© Meyer had an average night, holding on to the ball on several occasions when a try was on out wide, he kicked four penalties and two conversions for a personal tally of 16 points. Maties were well led by captain Wesley Wilkens, who scored a hat-trick.
In Jo’burg, UJ led 24-3 at half-time only to fall apart after the break. Marcello Sampson scored twice for the Cape Town side, who are now top of the Varsity Cup log.
Puk â€“ Tries: Andries Mahoney, Lolo Waqa, Stoffel Duvenhage. Conversions: CornÃ© Meyer (2). Penalties: Meyer (4).
Maties â€“ Tries: Wesley Wilkens (3). Conversions: Sarel Potgieter (2), Donald Stevens. Penalty: Potgieter.
UJ â€“ Tries: AndrÃ© Smith, Jaco Snyman (2). Conversions: Ryno Luus (2). Penalties: Luus (3). Drop Goal: AndrÃ© Smith
UCT â€“ Tries: Marcello Sampson (2), Kyle Wickens, Matthew Rosslee. Conversions: Rosslee (4). Penalties: Rosslee (2).
Varsity Cup log (after Round 3)
1. UCT 11
2 Pukke 9
3. Maties 9
4. Tuks 9
5. TUT 9
6. UJ 6
7. Shimlas 5*
8. NMMU 2*
* Have only played two matches