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Tuks continue to dominate

ROUND FIVE WRAP: For the second week in a row, UP-Tuks swept past their opponents when they thoroughly beat UKZN in Round Five of the Varsity Shield competition.


Madibaz had no problems in their away fixture against TUT and Varsity College won comfortably against CPUT at home.

In the Eastern Cape, WSU won the battle of the neighbours against UFH.


UP-Tuks are on a roll with their second runaway victory in succession. Last week it was debutants Varsity College and this time it was UKZN at the receiving end of a 69-3 drubbing at the Howard College Stadium in Durban.

The man of the moment was hooker Henry Till who was deservedly named the Player That Rocks after crashing over the try line no less than four times.

Till and Walter Visser combined for the first 14 points on the board for the Stripe Generation before Kyle Cyster trashed his way through the Impi defence to add his name to the growing list of try scorers.

Ill-disciplined play by UKZN captain Tino Mazindhu led to a penalty try for the visitors.

Another try by Till, contributions by Marco Venter and Tharquinn Thane Manuel in this department and a Visser penalty brought the half-time score to 52-0.


In the second 40 minutes, the flow stemmed somewhat but not before Kobus Janse van Rensburg, Bayanda Ngubane and that man Till once again crossed the whitewash.

A lone Khanya Kama penalty late in the match meant that UKZN avoided a zero on the scoreboard.

The scorers:

For UP-Tuks
Tries: Henry Till 4, Kyle Cyster, Penalty Try, Marco Venter, Tharquinn Thane Manuel, Kobus Janse van Rensburg, Bayanda Ngubane.
Cons: Walter Visser 7,
Pen: Walter Visser.


Pen: Khanya Kama

Player That Rocks: Henry Till (UP-Tuks)

UP-Tuks: 15 Kyle Edward Cyster, 14 Bayanda Ngubane Ngubane, 13 Tharquinn Thane Manuel, 12 Kobus Janse van Rensburg, 11 Nqubeko Sbongakonke Mkwanazi, 10 Walter Visser, 9 Daimon O’Connell, 8 Dillon Shane Smith, 7 Haydn Scott Kemp, 6 Kamohelo Tlome, 5 Roald Hattingh, 4 Cayno Douglas February, 3 Jacobus Johan Louw, 2 Henry Edwin Till, 1 Bambolunye Samkelo Dlamini.

UKZN: 15 Cham Zondeki, 14 Jarryd Nicholls, 13 Singele Mkhize, 12 Russell Adrian Fick, 11 Zamakuhle Zulu, 10 Khanya Junior Kama, 9 Zak Richard Smith, 8 Tinotenda Mazhindu, 7 Kwandile Mthethwa, 6 Wela-Aphumele Mnata Takata, 5 Mumbo Nzama Nzama, 4 Wilhelm Fenske, 3 Ulrich Cameron Walker, 2 Qhawe Praiseworthy Ndabezinhle Nxumalo, 1 Benjamin Maseko.

Madibaz 29 – TUT 7

Madibaz kept their unblemished record with a convincing 29-7 victory over TUT in Pretoria. The half-time score was 26-0.

It was the visitors from the Eastern Cape who drew the first blood when Kyle Erasmus dotted down from a driving maul inside the first 10 minutes.

TUT were looking to strike back immediately and went all the way to the try line three times. The Pretoria however fell short on each occasion. Madibaz on the other hand continued their dominance in the set pieces and were awarded with a penalty try when TUT prop Lawrence Nong infringed the maul.

Erasmus then powered over to complete his brace. Kehan Myburgh made no mistake from the tee and the Madibaz continued to build on a healthy lead.

TUT’s first chance for points in the second half fell short when flyhalf Mihlali Bam failed to boot over a penalty. They also kept losing possession with their handling not up to par.

At one point the home side was reduced to 14 men when Knowledge Chaira was sent to the sin bin.

TUT kept knocking and were finally rewarded with a consolidation try in the dying minutes of the second half when Vuyani Vanga flew over the try line with Luke van Aardt converting to end the game.

The scorers:

For Madibaz
Tries: Kyle Erasmus 2, Penalty Try, Christopher Kachungunu.
Cons: Kehan Myburgh 2
Pen: Kehan Myburgh.

Try: Vuyani Vanga.
Con: Luke van Aardt.

Player That Rocks: Leon van der Merwe (Madibaz)

Madibaz: 15 Kehan Myburgh, 14 Qurin Cupido, 13 Buhlebemvelo Fipaza, 12 Janco Albert van der Walt, 11 Henry Edward Frederick Kruger, 10 Raashied Conrad, 9 Mpumelelo Solani Mavuso, 8 Leon van der Merwe, 7 Alwaba Liyema Elam Bobelo, 6 Mzwakhe Kevin Hlupheko, 5 Christopher Cikuru Kachungunu, 4 Marthinus Strydom, 3 Andries Johannes Flemming, 2 Kyle Erasmus, 1 Imibongo Mvuleni.

TUT: 15 Mauritz Maritz, 14 Khotso Segale, 13 Sean-B Kagiso Tshego, 12 Josh Sandile Robinson, 11 Vuyani Vanqa, 10 Mihlali Sipho Bam, 9 Buhlebuyeza Sthandwa Tebogo Ndunakazi, 8 Kgomotso Samuel Chuene Maribana, 7 Lutho Luxolo Tom, 6 Thato Mopedi, 5 Knowledge Chaira, 4 Lwazi Lwandile Dlamini, 3 Lawrence Nong, 2 Jandre van Zyl, 1 Mxolisi Innocent Nzama.

Varsity College 38 – 23 CPUT

Varsity College are continuing with their impressive debut season when they beat CPUT 38-23 at the IIE Varsity College in Durban.

It was the visitors however who were first to score when Keenan Williams took advantage of the bounce of the ball to score the first of his two tries. Keewan Titus was unsuccessful with the conversion.

A quick sprint from Macmillian Mudara played a massive role and made it easy for Varsity College captain AB Mthembu to finish off taking the score line to 7-5 as Frederick Marx converted successfully.

Marx and Juan Steyl then added their names to the scoreboard with Marx also adding two conversions. In between the two Varsity College tries, Titus slotted a penalty for CPUT from 20 meters out taking the score to 21-8 for the home side.

The two sides then traded more tries with Williams scoring his brace for CPUT and Johan Viljoen crossing over for Varsity College’s bonus point. The home team led 26-13 at half-time.

Coming back from the break, Steyl secured his brace as Marx converted successfully taking the score to 33-13.

CPUT staged a comeback late in the match with back-to-back tries from Kieran Naidoo and Wehan Kruger.

Viljoen however put down any thoughts of a come-from-behind win from the visitors when he went over for his second try for Varsity College and sealed an important victory with the play-offs looming.

The scorers:

For Varsity College
Tries: Abande Mthembu, Juan Steyl 2, Frederick Marx, Johan Viljoen 2
Cons: Frederick Marx 4

Tries: Keenan Williams 2, Keirnan Naidoo, Wehan Kruger.
Pen: Keewan Titus.

Player That Rocks: MacMillan Mudara (Varsity College)

Varsity College: 15 Tshegofatso Ramaloko, 14 Sivuyisiwe Mpendu, 13 Macmillian Zvikomborero Mudara, 12 Luke Christopher Horak, 11 Mbasa Nkonki, 10 Frederick Nicolaas Marx, 9 Abande Mpumelelo Mthembu, 8 Juan Orde Steyl, 7 Sinelifa Mmangaliso Ncwana, 6 Michael Jonathan Horak, 5 Werner Johan Coetzee, 4 Garren Müller, 3 Siyabonga Luyanda Dube, 2 Jacques Theron du Toit Marais, 1 Sonwabo Simthembile Maseko.

CPUT: 15 Keene Munnick, 14 Danielle Israel Padiachy, 13 Iwaan Bloys, 12 Timothy Matthew Shortles, 11 Keenan Williams, 10 Keewan Titus, 9 Jayson January, 8 Ayabulela Zono, 7 Duke Somila Shasha, 6 Lungelo Lethukuthula Kubheka, 5 Lwando Woji, 4 Ntsako Ashley Mhlanga, 3 Kieran Delaan Naidoo, 2 Lihle Lindisipho Kula, 1 Emihle Akho Benya.

WSU 29 – 5 UFH

WSU snapped a three-game losing streak when they beat arch-rivals UFH 29-5 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdanstsane. The half-time score was 17-5.

The hosts started on a high note when they took an early lead in the eighth minute thanks to a storming try by inside centre Hlumelo Zitha. He would quickly turn villain however following a dangerous tackle straight from the kick-off following his try.

A little dink by All-Black flyhalf Maxwell Curtley Klaasen four minutes later saw WSU fullback Beon Fernell Hartnick finish off a well-executed move that emanated from a line-out close to the opposition try line.

The Fort Hare Blues, through left-wing speedster Hlumelo Pangwa, scored a try of their own in the corner in the 28th minute to see the visitors restore some dignity.

One of WSU’s most impressive players of the season, Mangaliso Zixesha, would open his account with a quintessential hooker try after finishing off a rolling maul.

Yet another enthralling backline try by WSU would see Hartnick cross the whitewash for his second try increasing the lead to 24 – 5 just after the players returned to the field following the half-time break.

Zixesha added his second try following a rolling maul in the 56th minute.

The scorers:

Tries: Mangaliso Zixesha 2, Beon Fernell Hartnick 2, Hlumelo Zitha.
Con: Maxwell Curtley Klaasen

Try: Hlumolo Pangwan.

Player That Rocks: Khanya Solani (WSU)

WSU: 15 Beon Frendel Hartnick, 14 Bulelani Amyoli Nondlwana, 13 Awonke Sondishe, 12 Hlumelo Zitha, 11 Achumile Sikho Gaushe, 10 Maxwell Curtley Klaasen, 9 Esenam Mniki, 8 Esethu Zenani, 7 Pernell Mervian Mandes, 6 Khanya Solani, 5 Lutho Mampunye, 4 Kamva Tetani, 3 Sinethemba Zwelonke, 2 Mangaliso Zixesha, 1 Ayabonga Masivuye Spelt.

UFH: 15 Cyril Mphatsoe, 14 Bulumko Mfundisi, 13 Lakheni Majali, 12 Ryan Kelly Maree, 11 Okuhle Pangwa, 10 Apiwe Sidloyi, 9 Sinalo Jivana, 8 Yanga Gazi, 7 Kamvelihle Gcweka, 6 Anda Simanga, 5 Cinga Nqotyana, 4 Mpho Kensly Jnr Ramahala, 3 Bulela Magopeni, 2 Kamvelihle Fatyela, 1 Mesuli Sinovuyo Samkele Nzima.

Source: @VarsityCup 

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