Maties produced a clinical performance to keep their place on top of the Varsity Cup log with a 58-3 smashing of a hapless NMMU side.
Chean Roux’s men dominated the game in almost every department. Defensively sound and devastating on attack, Maties were in complete control from start to finish as star winger JJ Engelbrecht grabbed a hat-trick in the last minute of the game to seal a comprehensive victory.
Maties started the better of the two teams and dominated possession and territory in the opening quarter. Scrumhalf Donald Stevens missed an early penalty attempt but made up for it just two minutes later.
Steven’s speed to the breakdown and superb distribution was causing the visitors all sorts of problems and NMMU were firmly on the back foot when Paul Bosch powered over the line after some patient work from Maties.
Stevens extended his side’s lead with a 21st minute penalty which was followed by a short water break as the players looked for some relief from the scorching heat in Stellenbosch.
Stevens slotted his third penalty of the evening after the interval before NMMU finally got on the board in the 29th minute through a Willem Laubscher penalty.
The impressive Engelbrecht grabbed Maties’ second of the game just before the break and Stevens added the extras to give Stellenbosch a 23-3 half-time lead.
The hosts put the result to bed when they scored their third try through Stevens after some good work by his pack. The nuggety scrumhalf picked himself up to add the two points and give his team a 27 point lead.
Maties finally got the all important bonus-point try in the 58th minute when Bosch put through a well weighted kick and hard working winger Wilhelm Loock showed his speed and determination to dot down in the corner. Engelbrecht grabbed his second try with just over 15 minutes left in the game and Stevens popped over the conversion to keep up his wonderful kicking record.
In the end the final result resembled a cricket score as the hosts ran out resounding 58-3 winners.
By Andrew Worling