Varsity Cup semis sorted

UCT will play NWU-Pukke and Maties will host Tukkies in the semi-finals of the Varsity Cup.

The two matches are exact repeats of the first round games played six weeks ago, and if those are anything to go by spectators can expect some entertaining rugby. Log-leaders UCT’s only loss came against Pukke when they went down 17-23, but they have since won six in a row. In that game Ikeys were down 5-23 with eight minutes to go, but two late tries closed the gap to six points and one final surge left Pukke hanging on for the win.

Down the road in Stellenbosch, second-placed Maties take on Tukkies. The sides drew 31-all in the opening encounter of the tournament in front of 17 000 suppprters at Coetzenburg, and in that game Tukkies came back from 5-31 down and scored 26 unanswered points – including a conversion with the last kick of the game – to secure the stalemate.

All four teams will have learnt much about their opposition and the ELVs, and more tight, intriguing matches can be expected.

Monday’s results:

Tukkies 48 – 13 NMMU

Pukke 67 – 14 UJ

Maties 43 – 10 TUT

UCT 28 – 14 Shimlas

Final log:

UCT 31

Maties 25

Tukkies 24

Pukke 23

UJ 16

Shimlas 15