FNB Varsity Cup

Varsity Cup Round 9 – Match reviews

FNB Varsity Cup Round 9 Match Reports courtesy of varsity cup.co.zaNWU set to face UJ, while Maties will come up against Wits in next week’s semi final clashes.

Fixture: FNB Shimlas vs FNB CUT Ixias

Kick-off: 16h45

Venue: XEROX Shimla Park

Fulltime score: FNB Shimlas 69-33 FNB CUT


Dobela stars in the FNB CUT thrashing


FNB Shimlas flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela scored 24 points in the home side’s 69-33 victory over FNB CUT in the Bloemfontein derby.

FNB Shimlas started off strongly with good tactical kicking and forced FNB CUT onto the back foot in their own half. FNB Shimlas turned the ball over in the FNB CUT half to give themselves an excellent attacking opportunity, where Dobela went over for a five-pointer in the fourth minute, he then converted his own try to open the score.

FNB Shimlas kept their momentum with constructive play, shifting the ball wide with Dobela sending winger Francois Agenbag over with a seven-pointer. FNB Shimlas did not waste time and scored their third try from the kick off in the 14th minute, flanker Janco Cloete scored and flyhalf Dobela converted the try to put FNB Shimlas 21-0 in the lead.

FNB CUT came out of the strategy break firing and started a drive from a penalty lineout, with prop Stefan Van Schalkwyk going over for a five-pointer converted by full-back Dimitrio Tieties to put FNB CUT on the scoreboard 21-7 in the 22nd minute.

FNB CUT managed to pin FNB Shimlas in their own quarter with penalties and continued pressure. FNB Shimlas Henk Pretorius lock was sent off with a yellow card in 29th minute for foul play at the break down.

FNB CUT took the opportunity and earned a penalty try with an excellent scrum, taking the score to 21-14 to the hosts in the 30th minute.

FNB CUT was not done yet though, after good constructive play putting up several phases sent full-back Tieties over in the corner for a five pointer, Dimitrio converted his own try to surprisingly draw the score 21 all with two minutes play left in the first half. FNB Shimlas, however had the last say with a try on half time, winger Athi Halom went over and Dobela converted to take the lead, making it 28-21.

FNB CUT took their Power Play after half time sending off both FNB Shimlas’ centres with 13 players managing turn the ball over and from broken play, Dobela displayed great individual play and scored a five pointer, his second try, that he converted the try to stretch the score to 35-21. In the 50th minute, FNB Shimlas opted for the Power Play and sent off the outside centre Ruan Wasserman and winger Duncan Van Vuuren.

FNB Shimlas managed to score their sixth try in the 53rd minute with constructive running rugby, the try was converted by Dobela, one again, taking the score to 44-21. The flood gates opened at Shimla Park where FNB Shimlas scored from the kick off, with Captain Benji Jansen Van Vuuren going over, Dobela converted, making the score to 53-21.

FNB CUT weren’t done yet and scored a try from a strong scrum, where prop Stefan Van Schalkwyk went over for his second try, the conversion was unsuccessful taking score to 53-26. FNB Shimlas answered with a seven pointer, replacement flanker Mihlali Peter scoring, Dobela converted to stretch the score to 62-26.

FNB CUT didn’t give up and scored a consolation try, converted by fullback Tieties making the final score 69-33. FNB Shimlas did well to blow FNB CUT away bur wasn’t enough to claim a FNB Varsity Cup semi-final spot.

FNB Player that Rocks: Lubabalo Dobela (FNB Shimlas)

FNB Shimlas: 69
Tries: Lubabalo Dobela (2), Francois Agenbag (2), Janco Cloete, Athi Halom, Bertie De Bod, Benji Jansen van Vuuren, Peter Mihlali
Conversions: Lubabalo Dobela (7)
Yellow: Henk Pretorius

FNB CUT Ixias: 33
Tries: Stefan Van Schalkwyk (2), Penalty Try, Dimitrio Tieties, Tiisetso Madonsela
Conversions: Dimitrio Tieties (3)

FNB Shimlas: 15 Ruan Henning, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Carel Coetzee, 12 Ayabonga Oliphant, 11 Francois Agenbag, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Zinedine Booysen, 8 Albertus De Bod, 7 Benjamin Janse V Vuuren, 6 Janco Cloete, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma ,3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Daniel Wessels Vorster
Subs: 16 JC Jansen V Vuuren, 17 Wentzel Vorster ,18 Louis Martin Cloete, 19 Bernardus Erasmus, 20 Peter Mihlali , 21 Dian Badenhorst, 22 Kurt Eybers ,23 Sechaba Matsoele

FNB CUT Ixias: 15 Dimitri Tieties 14 Mosego Toolo, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Marnu Van Niekerk, 11 Duncan Van Vuuren, 10 Denver Klue, 9 Ruben De Haas, 8 Stefan Kruger, 7 Isaih Bila, 6 Johannes Terblanche, 5 Ruan Smit, 4 Brendon Fortuin, 3 Stefan Van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster
Subs: 16 LW Viljoen, 17 Reinard Esterhuizen, 18 Henco Smit, 19 Thabo Chirwa, 20 Dian Dry, 21 Dean Jacobs, 22 Tiisetso Madonsela, 23 Karabo Maqeba

FNB CUT Ixias Starting XV: 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Mosego Toolo, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Marnu van Niekerk, 11 Duncan van Vuuren, 10 Denver Klue, 9 Ruben de Haas, 8 Stefan Kruger, 7 Isaih Bila, 6 Johannes Terblanche, 5 Ruan Smit, 4 Brendon Fortuin, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster

Substitutes: 16 LW Viljoen, 17 Reinard Esterhuizen, 18 Henco Smit, 19 Thabo Chirwa, 20 Dian Dry, 21 Dean Jacobs, 22 Tiisetso Madonsela, 23 Karabo Maqeba


Fixture: FNB NWU vs FNB Maties

Kick-off: 19h00

Venue: Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds

Fulltime score: FNB NWU 33-33 FNB Maties

Scintillating stalemate between FNB NWU and FNB Maties

It was a battle for the top of the log on Monday 26 March when FNB NWU took on FNB Maties at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds. Although the game ended in a draw, it was FNB Maties who had more to smile about when they secured the home final.      

FNB Maties kicked off and were first to get points on the board when Duncan Saal scored in the corner for FNB Maties. Chris Smith made no mistake with the conversion, putting FNB Maties ahead 7-0 after only three minutes.

Wandile Mazibuko put FNB NWU back in it when Tapiwa Mafura made the line break and passing it to the flanker to score the seven-point try. Schalk Hugo missed the conversion but the scores were level 7-7 after only six minutes of play.

Schalk Hugo scored FNB NWU’s first drop kick of the competition, putting FNB NWU 10-7 up. Jimmy Mpailane’s great show of pace edged FNB NWU further ahead when Tapiwa Mafura scored in the corner. Schalk Hugo managed a very tight conversion.

FNB NWU’s Louis van der Westhuizen put more points on the board for FNB NWU with another try, and Hugo slotted the conversion. FNB NWU were ahead 26-14 with only five minutes left in the first half.

On the brink of half time, Wilmar Arnoldi scored for FNB Maties and Chris Smith added the two with the conversion. At half time FNB NWU lead FNB Maties 26-21. FNB Maties got the second half off to a steady start when Chris Smith converted a penalty, leaving FNB Maties chasing FNB NWU 26-24.

FNB Maties domination continued when Ernst van Rhyn scored. Chris Smith made no mistake with his conversion, leaving FNB Maties 33-26 ahead with twenty minutes still to play.

FNB Maties domination was short lived when Jimmy Mpailane won the ball from the kick off and the ball bounced in Henko Marais’s favour for a try. Schalk Hugo got another tight conversion, which left FNB NWU level 33-33 with FNB Maties for the second time in the game.

Chris Smith tried his luck with a drop kick, but was unsuccessful. Not even a minute later he tried again, again to no avail. The scores were level with everything to play for in the last five minutes. After dominating most of the second half, FNB Maties kicked the ball out when the final whistle blew. The game ended in a draw, but FNB Maties walked away securing the home final.

FNB Player That Rocks: Tapiwa Mafura (FNB NWU)

: Wandile Mazibuko, Tapiwa Mafura, Louis van der Westhuizen, Henko Marais
Cons: Schalk Hugo (3)
Drop Kicks: Schalk Hugo

FNB Maties: 33
 Duncan Saal, Remu Malan, Wilmar Arnoldi, Ernst van Rhyn
Cons: Chris Smith (4)
Pens: Chris Smith

15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 AK Nela, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout, 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Matimu Manganyi
Subs: 16 Percy Mngandi, 17 Nelius Theron, 18 Theodore Ferreira, 19 Jaco Swanepoel, 20 Ruan Viljoen, 21 Nkosana Mathaba, 22 Henko Marais, 23 Justin Newman.

FNB Maties: 15 Reinhardt Fortuin, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Michael Haznar, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Edwil van der Merwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Marno Redelinghuys, 7 Janco Venter, 6 Johan van Niekerk, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Chippy Oelefse.
Subs: 16 Craig Corbett, 17 Ricky Mwagbara, 18 Piet-Louw Strauss, 19 Brandon Valentyn, 20 Stefan Streicher, 21 Brandon Nell, 22 Munier Hartzenberg, 23 Carlisle Nel.

Fixture: FNB UP-Tuks v FNB Madibaz

Kick-off: 19h00

Venue: LC de Villiers Stadium

Fulltime score: FNB Tuks 82-21 FNB Madibaz

FNB UP-Tuks run rampant against FNB Madibaz

FNB UP-Tuks crossed the tryline 11 times as they smashed FNB Madibaz 82-21 in their final match of the 2018 Varsity Cup at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Monday evening.

Flyhalf Christo Hamman opened the home team’s account with a penalty goal and converted wing Cameron Hufke’s intercept try moments later.

FNB UP-Tuks scored three more tries in the first half as wing Xolisa Guma scored a seven-point try which was followed by flank Stephan Smith who touched down twice before the half-time break.

FNB Madibaz shifted a gear as the first half wrapped up as replacement loose forward Siyamthanda Jwacu scored a seven-point try and hooker Jean-Pierre Jamieson crossed the whitewash as the men from Port Elizabeth recovered from FNB UP-Tuks’ early onslaught.

Flyhalf Henrique Olivier converted Jwacu’s efforts as the teams headed to the sheds with FNB UP-Tuks holding a commanding 33-14 lead.

FNB Madibaz started the second half in the same way they finished the first, as wing Athenkosi Mayinje scored a converted try in the 48th minute.

It was all FNB UP-Tuks after that as they struck time and time again. Guma scored a further two tries to bag his hat-trick while outside centre Marnus Potgieter scored a brace.

Hamman added a try to a fine all-round performance, with replacement prop Mashoa Mukhari finishing the men from Pretoria’s successful evening on the pitch.

 FNB Player that Rocks: Cameron Hufke (FNB UP-Tuks)

FNB UP-Tuks: 82
Tries: Cameron Hufke (seven point try x 2), Xolisa Guma (seven point try, five point try x 2), Stephan Smith (2), Marnus Potgieter (2), Christo Hamman, Mashoa Mukhari
Conversions: Christo Hamman (3), Tinus de Beer (6)
Penalty: Hamman

FNB Madibaz: 21
Tries: Siyamthanda Jwacu (seven-point try), Jean-Pierre Jamieson, Athenkosi Mayinje
Conversions: Henrique Olivier (2)

FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Emilio Adonis, 14 Xolisa Guma, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Tyler Fisher, 11 Cameron Hufke, 10 Christo Hamman, 9 Joshua Allderman, 8 Ewart Potgieter, 7 Stephan Smith, 6 Eduan Lubbe (c), 5 Marius Verwey, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Wesley Adonis
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Franco van den Berg, 18 Brian Leitch, 19 Orateng Koikanyang, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 Mihle Nelani, 23 Mashoa Mukhari


FNB Madibaz: 15 Jordan Koekemoer, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (c), 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Henrique Olivier, 9 Dundre Maritz, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Luyolo Dapula, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Ruben le Roux, 4 Wynand Grassman, 3 Johan van Wyk, 2 Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 1 Thembelihle Yase
Replacements: 16 Thembekile Boltina, 17 Nicolas Roebeck, 18 Dylan Barendse, 19 Siyamthanda Jwacu, 20 Jayson Reinecke, 21 Sibusiso Ngcokowane, 22 Luvo Claassen, 23 Stephan Zeelie


Fixture: FNB UJ v UCT

Kick-off: 18:30

Venue: UJ Stadium

Fulltime score: FNB UJ 18-17 FNB UCT Ikeys

Match report to follow


The FNB Varsity Cup semi-finals fixtures for 2 April:

  • FNB NWU vs FNB UJ at 16h30at Fanie du Toit Sportsground
  • FNB Maties vs FNB Wits at 19h00at Danie Craven Stadium

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