Maties will face Pukke in next week’s Varsity Cup final after they beat Tukkies 38-14 in Stellenbosch.
Chean Roux’s men were in complete control from start to finish as they saw off the Pretoria students without much fuss, running in six tries.
The first half was end-to-end stuff as both sides looked to run the ball. But while Maties were clinical in possession, Tukkies squandered a number of opportunities and were guilty of missing crucial tackles as the hosts began to cut loose and out-scored their opponents by four tries to one to take a commanding 26-14 lead into the break.
With the wind at their backs in the second half, Maties would have been confident of seeing out the next 40 minutes to secure a home final against Pukke. But the defending champions were not satisfied to simply sit back and wind down the clock as centre Jean Stemmet grabbed his second and his side’s fifth try of the game with just four minutes gone in the second half.
Tukkies tried to get themselves back into the encounter, but solid defence and some brilliant tactical kicking kept the visitors pegged back in their own half. Maties grabbed their sixth try through Dabeon Draghoender to put the result beyond any doubt.
Despite missing some of their stars through provincial commitments, Maties were the better team in almost every department and will surely go into next week’s final as firm favourites.
By Andrew Worling