CPUT annihilate DUT, WSU batter UFH
VARSITY SHIELD WRAP: CPUT, TUT and WSU continued their winning starts to the Varsity Shield at Tuks Stadium on Sunday.
DUT RHINOS 6 (3) CPUT 109 (55)
Hooker Siyasanga Ngubelanga scored four tries, including a first-half hat-trick, as CPUT added to DUT’s woes.
The Rhinos suffered a 11-136 defeat to WSU in their first-ever Varsity Shield match six days ago, and while they produced an improved performance and were competitive at times in this clash, they still conceded 17 tries and another century of points.
CPUT set the tone with two tries in the opening four minutes, while DUT lost loosehead prop Bayanda Mdladla and centre Langelihle Ntombela to injury early on.
CPUT relied heavily on their backline in their first two matches of this tournament, but made good use of their forwards here, with hooker Ngubelanga (four) and flanks Roland van der Heever (two) and Butsha Mputa (three) all crossing the line.
Flyhalf Nelson Mhlongo kicked a drop goal for DUT to make it 60-6 after 55 minutes, but CPUT scored another six tries in the final quarter to take their tally past the hundred mark.
DUT didn’t help their cause by receiving two yellow cards, one in each half.
Tries: Ngubelanga 4, Lewis 2, Van der Heever 2, Isaacs, Malotana, Mputa 3, Nkutu, Engelbrecht, Gamieldien, Phillips
Cons: Snyders 5, Vabaza 7
DUT Rhinos: 15 Luyolo Nkwanca, 14 Sizwe Malakoane, 13 Langelihle Ntombela, 12 Moyomuhle Mkhize, 11 Sabelo Ngema, 10 Nelson Mhlongo, 9 Anele Mzobe, 8 Njabulo Nkosi, 7 Lwazi Bhengu, 6 Philasande Mgogo, 5 Nkanyiso Miya, 4 Sinqobile Maseko, 3 Mpumelelo Hlefane (captain), 2 Sechaba Motsapi, 1 Bayanda Mdladla.
Replacements: 16 Anelisa Mthwazi, 17 Siyanda Mthembu, 18 Thabani Mnisi, 19 Simphiwe Makhubu, 20 Malusi Mkhize, 21 Andile Dlamini, 22 Sphiwo Shelembe, 23 Smisokuhle Mthembu.
CPUT: 15 Tauriq Gamieldien, 14 Clint Joseph, 13 Björkan Hendricks, 12 Jurick Lewis, 11 Asisipho Malotana, 10 Feghon-Leigh Snyders, 9 Hughwan Engelbrecht, 8 Sesona Macala, 7 Roland van der Heever, 6 Butsha Mputa (captain), 5 Mogamat Ameer Hendricks, 4 Anenceba Salman, 3 Damian Isaacs, 2 Siyasanga Ngubelanga, 1 Onika Mgijima.
Replacements: 16 Lucien Phillips, 17 Jacques-Lynn Josephus, 18 Dé-Angelo Williams, 19 Bradley van Boven, 20 Phumlani Mkhaliphi, 21 Cuan Maree, 22 Nathan Nkutu, 23 Imibongo Vabaza.
TUT VIKINGS 22 (11) UKZN IMPI 3 (0)
The TUT Vikings pulled out all the stops to beat the UKZN Impi.
History backed the Impi but it was the Vikings who rewrote it as they secured only their third win from 12 meetings. They controlled large swathes of the match especially at the set-pieces.
Both teams expressed their frustration as discipline occasionally slipped, with TUT prop Ruhan Oosthuizen cooling off for 10 minutes for a dangerous tackle just before the break while his opposite number Minenhle Ngubane was shown a straight red card for the same offence mere minutes later.
According to Varsity Shield competition rules, Ngubane was replaced by another Impi player after 15 minutes.
The first half belonged solely to TUT flyhalf Lusanda Xakwana as he kicked an early penalty before scoring a brilliant solo try in the 30th minute that saw him dummy, sidestep and collect his grubber.
The Impi managed a penalty in the second stanza while Vikings scrumhalf Ethan Wilson crossed the whitewash.
TUT replacement lock Thabang Malone was shown a yellow card in the 67th minute yet their defence held strong and they even scored two penalties courtesy of replacement utility back LJ Pretorius to record a well-deserved victory.
Player that Rocks: Franco Stassen (TUT Vikings)
For TUT Vikings:
Tries: Xakwana, Wilson
Pens: Xakwana 2, LJ Pretorius 2
TUT Vikings: 15 Aya Koza, 14 Malcolm Langa, 13 Franco Stassen, 12 Musawenkosi Sili, 11 Mikey Jacobs, 10 Lusanda Xakwana, 9 Ethan Wilson, 8 Handro Horn, 7 Francois de Villiers, 6 Nyakallo Masitha, 5 Arrie O’Neill (captain), 4 Kazadi Mukendi, 3 Goabaona Mokone, 2 Laro Delport, 1 Ruhan Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Majozi Kwinda, 17 Heirich Briedenhann, 18 Shakes Masuku, 19 Thabang Malone, 20 Vuyani Vanqa, 21 Anru de Beer, 22 LJ Pretorius, 23 Dieter Groenewald.
UKZN Impi: 15 Sibongile Novuka, 14 Onke Jiba, 13 Wandile Shabangu (captain), 12 Gacula Poswa, 11 Luyanda Zondi, 10 Jodian de Vos, 9 Johan Maritz, 8 Byron Booysen, 7 Charl Cuttings, 6 Sinamava Ntsinde, 5 Marnus Botha, 4 Heinrich Cronjé, 3 Minenhle Ngubane, 2 Tristan Trollip, 1 Lindelwe Cele.
Replacements: 16 Bambolunye Dlamini, 17 Benjamin Maseko, 18 Muzomuhle Ncanana, 19 Wilhelm Fenske, 20 Menzi Mabaso, 21 Thobani Shangase, 22 Jarryd Nicholls, 23 Thando Cele.
UFH BLUES 12 (0) WSU 46 (25)
A dominant scrum set the platform for WSU’s convincing win against UFH.
The WSU backs made the most of the front-ball they were given, scoring three tries to take a 25-0 lead into half-time. The Blues were more competitive in the second half, scoring two tries, but conceded another three.
WSU opened the scoring with a penalty goal from captain Litha Nkula and after a couple of scrum resets, they found space out wide for wing Sakhele Ngeno.
A quick tap penalty then resulted in a try for WSU centre Sicelo Tole that gave them a 15-0 lead going into the first strategy break.
Nkula kicked a second penalty, before his pin-point cross-kick found Ngeno, whose second try made it 25-0.
Flank Ayabulela Zono secured WSU’s bonus point when he crossed the line in the 49th minute. UFH then finally got on the board when lock Intle Mancoko capitalised on a WSU line-out error.
But WSU finished strongly as Tole grabbed his brace and replacement flyhalf Lisolethu Valisi went over for their sixth try.
UFH then scored a consolation try in stoppage time through replacement prop Moeketsi Tuswa.
Player That Rocks: Miyelani Ngobeni (WSU)
For UFH Blues:
Tries: Mancoko, Tuswa
Tries: Ngeno 2, Tole 2, Zono, Valisi
Cons: Nkula 5
Pens: Nkula 2
UFH Blues: 15 Brandt Fields, 14 Sive Lubisi, 13 Jonathan Booysen, 12 Lethukuthula Mthethwa, 11 Lukho Jongizulu, 10 Apiwe Sidloyi, 9 Lwazi Madiba, 8 Yamkela Mzozoyana (captain), 7 Avuzwa Noko, 6 Lukhanyiso Tosholwana, 5 Walter Moyo, 4 Intle Mancoko, 3 Sibabalo Mnkani, 2 Garin Strydom, 1 Anele Nkohla.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Caku-Caku, 17 Moeketsi Tuswa, 18 Mbasa Sonkosi, 19 Ayabulela Xhosana, 20 Kamvelihle Fatyela, 21 Qhama Masiza, 22 Keith Chiwara, 23 Lilitha Mdladlana.
WSU: 15 Litha Nkula (captain), 14 Sakhele Ngeno, 13 Sicelo Tole, 12 Thembani Kori, 11 Tebogo Madigoe, 10 Lwandile Mapuko, 9 Lithemba Ngcetane, 8 Adri Kermis, 7 Ayabulela Zono, 6 Siphosihle Magawu, 5 Hlomla Payi, 4 Miyelani Ngobeni, 3 Siyasanga Dingezweni, 2 Zanokuhle Nkabi, 1 Xolani Jacobs.
Replacements: 16 Nande Lucas, 17 Lindokuhle Seteni, 18 Asekho Marubelela, 19 Ayabonga Ntaba, 20 Eric Mcaphukana, 21 Lisolethu Valisi, 22 Cumani Lucas, 23 Lihle Mbuqu.