Tuks take Shimlas apart
VARSITY CUP REPORT: UP-Tuks proved that their 100-point victory in Round Six was no fluke as they dismantled Shimlas 65-19 by running in nine tries in Bloemfontein on Monday.
The result takes the Pretoria-side to the top of the table as Shimlas continue their poor run of form.
It took Tuks just four minutes to get the scoring going when Sibahle Maxwane went over for the game's first seven-pointer. Flyhalf Marthinus de Beer failed to add the extras as they led 7-0. Dewald Naude then doubled their lead in the 19th minute with a seven-point try of his own, which de Beer failed to convert.
Maxwane grabbed his brace in the 23rd minute when he got Tuks' third of the night and this time, de Beer was on song with the conversion to ensure a 23-0 lead. Prop Andrew Beerwinkel ensured the bonus point for the visitors in the 27th minute, a seven-pointer that was not converted.
Naude then got himself over the try line for the second time with another seven-point try. De Beer failed with the conversion but Tuks lead was stretched to 37-0 after 32 minutes. That is how it remained at the half-time interval.
Tuks captain Chris Massyn continued the scoring in the second half as he dotted down in the 44th minute. De Beer added the extras as the lead stretched to 46-0.
It took the home side 49 minutes to get their first points when Vuyani Maqina grabbed a try. Marco Mason converted to trail 7-46 but Tuks' Clyde Davids restored the 46-point lead when added his name to the scoresheet with de Beer's conversion
Shimlas hit back in the 62nd minute through a Benji Janse van Vuuren try. Mason was on song to trail 14-53. Tuks hit back soon after though when Divan Rossouw dotted down for try number eight. De Beer's conversion taking the score to 60-14 after 67 minutes.
Tuks were then reduced to 13-men for the second time in the match, compliments of two yellow cards and that allowed Lihleli Xoli to make his way over the try-line for the home side. Mason failed with the conversion to trail 19-60 in the 74th minute.
Tuks had the final say of the match though when Jan Campher dotted down for an unconverted try to settle the match.
Tries: Maqina, Janse van Vuuren, Xoli
Cons: Mason 2
Tries: Maxwane 2, Naude 2, Beerwinkel, Massyn, Davids, Rossouw, Campher
Cons: de Beer 4
Yellow cards: Sibahle Maxwane (UP-Tuks); Brian Leitch (UP-Tuks); Clyde Davids (UP-Tuks); Juan-Re Swanepoel (UP-Tuks)
Shimlas: 15 Sechaba Motsoela, 14 Vuyani Maqina, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Stephan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Marco Mason, 10 Henco Posthumus, 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Nardus Erasmus, 7 Wilandre Kotzenberg, 6 Benji Janse van Vuuren, 5 Ruben Schoeman, 4 Nicolaas Immelman, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Francois Steyn, 1 Kwenzokuhle Blose.
Replacements: 16 Anrich Alberts, 17 Johan Kotze, 18 Thabiso Msiza, 19 Rohan Roelofse, 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Armand Pretorius, 22 Carel Coetzee, 23 Phumzile Maqondwana.
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 Theo Maree, 21 Keanan van Wyk, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Franco van den Berg.
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Local