Shimlas shock Maties

Maties suffered a 21-15 upset defeat against Shimlas while UJ and Ikeys recorded impressive wins in the second round of the Varsity Cup on Monday.

Shimlas picked up the biggest result of the round as they beat defending champions Maties in Bloemfontein, the latter’s first defeat since March 2009.

Former Matie wing Charl Weideman opened the scoring while flyhalf Frana du Toit added the conversion and a penalty for a 10-6 lead at half-time. Maties pivot Andre Kemp kicked a drop goal while scrumhalf Donald Stevens converted a penalty for the visitors.

Stevens kept Maties in the game with the boot, slotting another three penalties after the break but a late try from wing Jamba Ulengo sealed a great win for the hosts.

Ikeys claimed their second away win as they thrashed Pukke 36-8 in Potchefstroom.

Wings Tiger Bax and Paul Cohen, flanker Nizaam Carr and fullback Therlow Pietersen all scored tries to secure UCT a valuable bonus-point victory. Carr was named Man of the Match after a great individual performance.

In Port Elizabeth, UJ managed to hold on to a 21-16 victory over NMMU after surviving a late surge from the Madibas at the death.

Trailing by five points, NMMU camped inside UJ’s red zone in the dying minutes but they failed to finish their scoring opportunities to clinch victory. UJ outside centre Luan Steenkamp made a try-saving tackle on fullback Vuyolethu Mazaka for the final action of the game.

In Pretoria, TUT beat Tuks 46-34 in a 10-try thriller.

Tuks were the better side in the first stanza but only managed a 27-24 lead at half-time. TUT then sealed an impressive away win with a strong second-half performance, with hooker Johan Pieterse and outside centre Hansie Graaf scoring the telling tries.

Varsity Cup, Round 2 results:

Shimlas 21(10) - Tries: Charl Weideman, Jamba Ulengo. Conversions: Frana du Toit. Penalties: Du Toit, Shaun Davids(2).
Maties 15(6) - Penalties: Donald Stevens (4). Drop Goal: Andre Kemp.

Pukke 8(8) - Tries: Willem Barnard. Penalties: Johann Laker.
UCT 36(19) - Tries: Tiger Bax, Nizaam Carr, Paul Cohen, Therlow Pietersen. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2). Penalties: Catrakilis (4).

NMMU 16(7) - Tries: Wade Roos. Conversions: Marius Muller. Penalties: Muller (3).
UJ 21(11) - Tries: Wigan Pekeur, Luan Steenkamp. Conversions: Theuns Kotze. Penalties: Kotze (3).

Tuks 34(27) - Tries: Deon Helberg, Jonathan Ross, Marnitz Boshoff, Jurgen Visser, Warwick Tecklenburg. Conversions: Wesely Dunlop (2), Boshoff. Penalties: Dunlop.
TUT 46(24) - Tries: Andisa Gqobo, Hansie Graaff, Johan Pieterse, Johan Cronje, Lubabalo Gwavu. Conversions: Ruan Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (5).