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Varsity Cup | Pretoria
17:00 (GMT) | 20-03-2017
  • 15 Manie Libbok
  • 14 Dewald Naude
  • 13 Divan Rossouw
  • 12 Joshua Stander
  • 11 Sibahle Maxwane
  • 10 Marthinus de Beer
  • 9 Andre Warner
  • 8 Clyde Davids
  • 7 Chris Massyn
  • 6 Marco Van Staden
  • 5 Aston Fortuin
  • 4 Bryan Leitch
  • 3 Neethling Fouche
  • 2 Corniel Els
  • 1 Andrew Beerwinkel
  • 23 Franco van den Berg
  • 22 Keanan van Wyk
  • 21 Toko Maebane
  • 20 Theo Maree
  • 19 Eduan Lubbe
  • 18 Marius Verwey
  • 17 Jaco Holtzhausen
  • 16 Jan-Henning Campher
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Preview: Varsity Cup, Round Eight

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:15

MOVING DAY: With just two round-robin matches remaining, six teams remain in the hunt to claim a play-off spot and this week could see some teams secure their spot. Tauriq Ebrahim reports.

Victory for log leaders UP-Tuks and second-placed Maties should secure their spots in the semifinals while Shimlas will need to shake off their recent slump to keep themselves in touch with the top two sides.

UP-Tuks have the luxury of playing at home in the final match of the round against UCT-Ikeys, who have been inconsistent throughout. The home side though are in a rich vein of form and should fancy themselves to bag a bonus-point victory to retain their top spot.

Maties make the trip to Bloemfontein to face basement-dwellers CUT-Ixias. The home side is yet to claim a victory in the competition but have already proven that they can push big teams all the way. Maties are coming off a bye week and are fresh for this encounter. The fact that they saw themselves being overtaken by Tuks should serve as motivation to reclaim top spot.

Shimlas host the Madibaz and, given their recent form, the Port Elizabeth students are going to be a handful. The Madibaz have managed just one victory thus far but have been unlucky in a few of their matches.

The home side, who are five points off the top two and in fourth place, will need to win this one to put a bit of a buffer between themselves and fifth-place NWU-Pukke - who are on a bye this week.

The match of the round gets the action underway as UJ face Johannesburg rival Wits. UJ are on four-match unbeaten run and will be eyeing a fifth consecutive victory to guarantee themselves a semifinal spot.

Wits, on the other hand, are also in good form as their young squad continues to impress since their Round Six victory over Pukke. The equation for Wits is simple. Win and remain in the hunt for a semifinal spot, lose and kiss your hopes goodbye.

All the Round Seven fixtures:

UJ v Wits
(Johannesburg, Kick-off: 16.45, 14.45 GMT)

UJ: 15 Ewan Adams, 14Ronald Brown, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea, 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johan Esterhuizen, 8 Jo-Hanko De Villiers, 7 Wian Conradie, 6 Gavin Delport, 5 Adrian Bester, 4 Kevin Du Randt, 3 Nico Du Plessis, 2 Jannes Snyman (captain), 1 Waldo Weideman.
Replacements: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Reinhardt Nothnagel, 20 Devon Mare, 21 Carlisle Jordan, 22 Peter Walters, 23 Willem Massyn.

Wits: 15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Brandan Hewitt, 11 Luxolo Ntsepe, 10 Warren Gilbert (captain), 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Constant Beckerling, 7 Conor Brockschmidt, 6 Ruan Macdonald, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Graham Logan, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 CJ Greeff.
Replacements: 16 Justin Brandon, 17 Brandon Palmer, 18 Pascal Snyman, 19 Jethro de Lange, 20 Tyrone Green, 21 Manuel Rass, 22 Joshua Jarvis, 23 Ameer Williams.

Referee: Jaco Pretorius
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Johan Greeff

CUT-Ixias v Maties
(Bloemfontein, Kick-off: 18.30, 16.30 GMT)

CUT: 15 Waldo Putter, 14 Mosego Toolo, 13 Gert Cronje, 12 Ruan Wasserman, 11 Olwethu Ndakisa, 10 Martin Jacobs, 9 Ruben Heymans, 8 Stefan Kruger, 7 Vincent Maruping, 6 JP Smal, 5 Brendan Verster, 4 Kian Skippers, 3 Chrisjan du Toit, 2 Henco Smit, 1 Kabous Van Schalkwyk.
Replacements: 16 Stefan Jacobs, 17 Kyle Ess, 18 Francois du Toit, 19 Andre Venter, 20 Sylvester Makakole, 21 Dean Jacobs, 22 Denver Kleu, 23 Diederick Muller.

Maties: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Craig Barry (captain), 13 Michal Haznar, 12 Jan Venter, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Albertus de Wet, 8 Stephan Streicher, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Johannes Momsen, 4 John Groenewald, 3 Jacobus van der Merwe, 2 Craig Corbett, 1 Niel Oelofse.
Replacements: 16 Shane Farmer, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Carel Swart, 19 Ruben de Villiers, 20 Nicholas Edberink, 21 Brendan Nell, 22 Theo Stapelberg, 23 Duncan Saal.

Referee: Ricus van der Hoven
Assistant referees: Local

Shimlas v NMMU-Madibaz
(Bloemfontein, Kick-off: 18.30, 16.30 GMT)

Shimlas: 15 Sechaba Motsoela, 14 Vuyani Maqina, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Lihleli Xoli, 11 Marco Mason, 10 Nicholas Naude, 9 Albertus Erasmus, 8 Nardus Erasmus, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Benji Janse van Vuuren, 5 Nicolaas Immelman, 4 Neil Claassen, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Anrich Alberts, 1 Johan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Francois Steyn, 17 Kwenzokuhle Blose, 18 Thabiso Msiza, 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Dian Badenhorst, 22 Henco Posthumus, 23 Wilhelm Kotzenberg.

Madibaz: 15 Lindelwe Zungu, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Ivan-John Du Preez, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Jixie Molapo, 10 Thomas Kean, 9 Rouche Nel, 8 Kevin Kaba (captain), 7 Henry Brown, 6 Stephanus Nieuwoudt, 5 Reyno du Toit, 4 Wynand Grassmann, 3 Nicholas Oosthuizen, 2 Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 1 Xandre Vos.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Gogela, 17 Tembelihle Yase, 18 Nicolas Roebeck, 19 Hayden Tharrat, 20 Justin Hollis, 21 Lovu Claassen, 22 Simon Bolze, 23 Siphumelele Msutwana.

Referee: Jaco Kotze
Assistant referees: Local

UP-Tuks v UCT-Ikeys
(Pretoria, Kick-off: 19.00, 17.00 GMT)

UP-Tuks: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Maebane, 12 Impi Visser, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Marthinus de Beer, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Christiaan Massyn, 6 Eduan Lubbe, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Brian Leitch, 3 Johan Fouche, 2 Cornelius Els, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Jacobus Holtzhausen, 18 Marius Verwey, 19 Juan-Re Swanepoel, 20 Embrose Papier, 21 Keanan van Wyk, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Gerhardus Steenekamp.

UCT-Ikeys: TBC

Referee: Vusi Msibi
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Willie Vos

Varsity Shield

UWC have already sealed top spot on the log and can head into their final round-robin match against Walter Sisulu with a depleted team, if they wish. The Mthatha side are looking to gain a play-off spot, so will be eyeing nothing but victory in their final home game of the competition.

CPUT can secure themselves a home semi-final with victory over TUT in Wellington as the Cape side trail second placed UFH by four points.

TUT has an outside mathematical chance of sneaking into the semi-finals but they would need to firstly beat CPUT and rely on other results going their way.

UKZN-Impi are in the same boat as TUT, as they line up to face basement dwellers Rhodes in Durban. Victory is a must for the Durban-based students and they would need to rely on WSU losing to UWC to sneak into the play-offs.

(Wellington, Kick-off: 18.30, 16.30 GMT)

Referee: Archie Sehlako
Assistant referees: Local

UKZN-Impi v Rhodes
(Durban, Kick-off: 18.30, 16.30 GMT)

Referee: Pieter Maritz
Assistant referees: Local

(Mthatha, Kick-off: 18.30, 16.30 GMT)

Referee: Stephan Geldenhuys
Assistant referees: Local

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UP-Tuks retain top spot

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:25

VARSITY CUP REPORT: UP-Tuks' second half performance made sure they retain the number one spot in their 51-23 win against a spirited UCT-Ikey Tiger side in Pretoria.

After trailing 12-23 at the break, the Tuks scored five unanswered tries in the second-half to secure the win and book a spot in the semi-finals.

Despite the defeat, UCT-Ikey Tigers could have been more of a threat but their ill-discipline took centre stage in the second half and cost them dearly.

After just 15 minutes of play, UCT led 15-0, thanks to two tries by Cuan Hablutzel. The hooker's first try came after he charged down Tuks' fullback Divan Rossouw's kick to score.

Hablutzel sealed his brace on the back of driving maul. Lubbe converted both tries, respectively.

After the strategy break, UCT's defence had to work hard. The Cape Town-based side absorbed all the pressure. They eventually stole the ball inside their own five-metre and produced a counter-attack that made sure Nyasha Tarusenga dived over for a seven-point try, 23-0.

UCT's ill-discipline made an appearance late in the first half as they went down to 13-men. Kuyenzeka Xaba's yellow card was soon followed by UCT's hero Hablutzel.

Tuks took advantage of the extra numbers on the field and scored a double. First Andre Warner scrambled over after a quick tap and soon speedster Maxwane went over in the corner, to trail 12-23 at the break.

Tuks started the second half like a house one fire and within the first minute, they added to their tally. Adrian Maebane went over the chalk after a huge line-out error by UCT made sure Tuks won possession on UCT's 22 and shifted the ball wide.

Rossouw managed to keep the ball in play and his offload was collected by the centre Maebane. De Beer narrow the margin to just four, 19-23.

Minutes later Tuks took the lead, thanks to UCT's failure to handle their relentless attack and went down to 14-man as the hosts were awarded a penalty try.

And with 14 men on the pitch, it was always going to be a difficult task for the visitors. Soon Tuks flyhalf De Beer extended the lead with a try. De Beer added the extras, 35-23 after 60 minutes.

The hosts started to seize control of the match and a great partnership by De Beer and Maxwane on the touch, ensured the wing sliced through UCT's defence and scored. De Beer added the extras, 44-23.

Tuks went down to 14-men after Christiaan Massyn was yellow-carded - however that did not deteriorate the Tuks' attack as they continued to hunt for that 50 points.

With three minutes left on the clock and more than 11 phases passed, UCT went down to 14-men, again as William Day received a yellow card for a high tackle.

Eventually, Tuks got to the 50 mark when UCT's repeat infringements resulted in a penalty try and a flattering scoreline for the hosts.

For Scores:

: Maxwane 2, Warner, Adrian Maebane, Penalty Tries 2, De Beer
Cons: De Beer 4

For UCT:
Hablutzel 2, Tarusenga
Cons: Lubbe 3

Yellow cards: Cuan Hablutzel (UCT, 38),  Kuyenzeka Xaba (UCT, 32), TBC (UCT, 50), Christiaan Massyn (Tuks, 66), William Day (UCT, 78)  

UP-Tuks: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Maebane, 12 Impi Visser, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Marthinus de Beer, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Christiaan Massyn, 6 Eduan Lubbe, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Brian Leitch, 3 Johan Fouche, 2 Cornelius Els, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Jacobus Holtzhausen, 18 Marius Verwey, 19 Juan-Re Swanepoel, 20 Embrose Papier, 21 Keanan van Wyk, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Gerhardus Steenekamp.

UCT-Ikeys: 15 Lohan Lubbe, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 13 Joel Smith, 12 Hendrik Lategan, 11 Seb Roodt, 10 Rob Anderson, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 6 Jason Klaasen (captain), 5 Gary Porter, 4 Duncan Saffy, 3 Michael Kumburai, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Wayrin Losper.
Replacements: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Alva Senderayi, 20 Sanele Malwane, 21 Msizi Zondi, 22 Michael Henning, 23 Gerard Pieterse.

Referee: Vusi Msibi
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Willie Vos