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Varsity Cup Final drama: Try, or no try?

WATCH as we bring you a video of the dramatic last moments of the Varsity Cup Final between Tuks and Maties in Stellenbosch on Monday.


Scrumhalf Bernard van der Linde scored a try at the death as UP-Tuks edged Maties 29-23 in a dramatic Final in Stellenbosch.

This title victory equals the most number of Varsity Cup trophies won by a side – Maties and UP-Tuks have now each won the competition five times.

However, there was plenty of drama and controversy!

In the dying minutes, Tuks fullback Stefan Coetzee launched an audacious attack from within his own half and beat several defenders.

The fullback managed to offload to Van der Linde, who showed exceptional pace to finish.

Maties used their white card challenge to query the pass by Coetzee to Van der Linde.


TMO Egon Seconds ruled that the pass was not obviously forward, and so the decision to award the try was upheld.

  • Watch below and decide for yourself!

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