CPUT trounce TUT, Fort Hare claim first win
VARSITY SHIELD WRAP: CPUT scored eight tries in their impressive 54-20 win against TUT at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday, while there were also Round Four victories for UFH and UKZN.
RHODES 14 UFH BLUES 48
UFH scored four tries in the final quarter to secure their first win of the Varsity Shield season.
Rhodes dominated possession and territory for the first 55 minutes, but crucial missed goal kicks and touch-finders from penalties, as well as a misfiring line-out and handling errors, proved costly. The Blues played just two days ago while the Stallions had a bye, yet it was the former who dominated the final 20 minutes.
Rhodes made an excellent start to the match when a penalty goal was followed by a try to lock Bongumusa Mokoena, who went over from a line-out driving maul.
The Stallions were a little too eager to rattle their opponents which saw scrumhalf Viwe Makeleni yellow-carded, and UFH immediately scored a try through captain Yamkela Mzozoyana.
Lukhanyiso Tosholwana grabbed the Blues’ third before flank Intle Mancoko was sent to the sin bin. Rhodes fullback Simamkele Ngantweni kicked the penalty to reduce the deficit to six at half-time, but missed his next two attempts at goal.
Mzozoyana broke off the back of the scrum to score his second try for UFH before Ngantweni’s third penalty for Rhodes made it 22-14 in the 60th minute.
But by then, the Stallions had run their race. Blues flyhalf Keith Chiwara scored two sensational tries, with replacements Lwazi Madiba and Lukho Jongizulu also crossing the line late on.
Player that Rocks: Lukhanyiso Tosholwana (UFH Blues)
Pens: Ngantweni 3
For UFH Blues:
Tries: Yamkela Mzozoyana 2, Tosholwana, Chiwara 2, Madiba, Jongizulu
Cons: Du Plessis 2, Chiwara 2, Madiba.
Pen: Du Plessis
Rhodes: 15 Simamkele Ngantweni, 14 Garfield Khanyile, 13 Damian Morrow, 12 Simelela Mbanzi, 11 Dimitri Mngqolo, 10 Nicholas Dettmer, 9 Viwe Makeleni, 8 Ntsika Ndungane, 7 TC Junior Manana, 6 Kwandiwe Mbelani, 5 Bongumusa Mokoena, 4 Sithembele Njokweni, 3 Sinolwazingekamvalakhe Ralo (captain), 2 Loyiso Isaacs, 1 Tatenda Tichiwangana.
Replacements: 16 Lelethu Mngxali, 17 Katlego Petje, 18 Abonga Manka, 19 Kuhle Mqingwana, 20 Simamkele Mpehlo, 21 Matthew Royle, 22 Qawe Mzawuziwa, 23 Qawe Mzawuziwa.
UFH Blues: 15 Liyema Tyali, 14 Lilitha Mdladlana, 13 Jonathan Booysen, 12 Lethukuthula Mthethwa, 11 Sive Lubisi, 10 Keith Chiwara, 9 Merlin du Plessis, 8 Yamkela Mzozoyana (captain), 7 Intle Mancoko, 6 Lukhanyiso Tosholwana, 5 Ayabulela Xhosana, 4 Lungelo Rintsana, 3 Anele Nkohla, 2 Garin Strydom, 1 Samkelo Ntshulwane.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Caku-Caku, 17 Mesuli Nzima, 18 Moeketsi Tuswa, 19 Kamvelihle Fatyela, 20 Avuzwa Noko, 21 Lwazi Madiba, 22 Apiwe Sidloyi, 23 Lukho Jongizulu.
CPUT 54 (37) TUT VIKINGS 20 (6)
CPUT trampled previously unbeaten TUT to record a fourth consecutive bonus-point win.
A clash between two unbeaten contenders ultimately swung the way of the Tekkies as they dominated their opponents throughout the match, attacking the gain line at will while stifling the majority of the Vikings’ attempts on attack.
The first half dished up six tries to the defending champions as they ran rampant. Hooker Siyasanga Ngubelanga bagged a brace while No.8 Sesona Macala, flank Ché Klaasen and wings Asisipho Malotana and Nathan Nkutu crossed to record a bonus point before half-time.
TUT flyhalf Lusanda Xakwana registered two penalties to ensure they went into the break with something to show for their efforts.
The second half proved to be a more balanced affair as CPUT struggled to get back into the swing of things but they did rectify the ship in the 52nd minute as Macala scored his brace followed by lock Anenceba Salman six minutes later. Synders and replacement utility back Imibongo Vabaza added the extras.
TUT were thrown a lifeline when the Tekkies lost replacement hooker Damian Isaacs to a yellow card. The Vikings pounced on their one-man advantage as No.8 Handro Horn and Xakwana crossed the chalk to add some respectability to the scoreboard.
Player that Rocks: Sesona Macala (CPUT)
Tries: Ngubelanga 2, Macala 2, Klaasen, Malotana, Nkutu, Salman
Cons: Snyders 3, Vabaza
Pens: Snyders, Vabaza
For TUT Vikings:
Tries: Horn, Xakwana
Cons: Xakwana 2
Pens: Xakwana 2
CPUT: 15 Raven Chester Smith, 14 Asisipho Malotana, 13 Jurick Lewis, 12 Lunathi Nxele, 11 Nathan Nkutu, 10 Feghon-Leigh Snyders, 9 Hugan Engelbrecht, 8 Sesona Macala, 7 Ché Klaasen, 6 Butsha Mputa (captain), 5 Mogamat Ameer Hendricks, 4 Anenceba Salman, 3 Matthew Coenraad, 2 Siyasanga Ngubelanga, 1 Dé-Angelo Williams.
Replacements: 16 Damian Isaacs, 17 Onika Mgijima, 18 Jacques-Lynn Josephus, 19 Bradley van Boven, 20 Roland van der Heever, 21 Cuan Maree, 22 Tauriq Gamieldien, 23 Imibongo Vabaza.
TUT Vikings: 15 Ayabulela 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 Phuzukuvela Sithole, 5 Arrie O’Neill (captain), 4 Kazadi Mukendi, 3 Goabaona Mokone, 2 Laro Delport, 1 Heirich Briedenhann.
Replacements: 16 Majozi Kwinda, 17 Thabiso Masuku, 18 Thabang Malone, 19 Adriaan van Taak, 20 Nyakallo Masitha, 21 Ngcebo Thusi, 22 LJ Pretorius, 23 Erwee Robberzte.
UKZN IMPI 73 (26) DUT RHINOS 7 (0)
UKZN bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a big win in the first-ever KwaZulu-Natal Varsity Shield derby.
After conceding 245 points and 39 tries in their first two games, this was a much improved performance by the Rhinos. They showed far more fight and even scored a try while down to 13 men.
Fullback Jarryd Nicholls, No.8 Menzi Mabaso and lock Nkanyezi Gumede scored tries as UKZN raced into a 19-0 lead after just 11 minutes.
Despite having opportunities to kick for touch and take the game to UKZN, DUT opted for two long-range penalty attempts, which had the distance but not the accuracy.
DUT finished the first half with 13 men after receiving two yellow cards. But while Impi flyhalf Linamkele Mcwabeni scored their bonus-point try on the cusp of half-time to take a 26-0 lead, the Rhinos were able to score their second try of the tournament early in the second half through centre Moyomuhle Mkhize.
The Impi crossed the line on another seven occasions, with Mabaso completing a memorable hat-trick, but DUT will at least take some positives from this defeat.
Player that Rocks: Menzi Mabaso (UKZN)
For UKZN Impi:
Tries: Nicholls, Mabaso 3, Gumede, Mcwabeni, Poswa, Cele, Ntsinde, Shangase, Zondi
Cons: De Vos 7, Mcwabeni 2
For DUT Rhinos
UKZN Impi: 15 Jarryd Nicholls, 14 Wandile Shabangu (captain), 13 Luyanda Zondi, 12 Gacula Poswa, 11 Thando Cele, 10 Linamkele Mcwabeni, 9 Jodian de Vos, 8 Menzi Mabaso, 7 Charl Cuttings, 6 Sinamava Ntsinde, 5 Marnus Botha, 4 Nkanyezi Gumede, 3 Minenhle Ngubane, 2 Bambolunye Dlamini, 1 Benjamin Maseko.
Replacements: 16 Tristan Trollip, 17 Lindelwe Cele, 18 Muzomuhle Ncanana, 19 Bevan Goliath, 20 Sbongokuhle Ngubane, 21 Johan Maritz, 22 Wilhelm Fenske, 23 Thobani Shangase.
For DUT Rhinos: 15 Luyolo Nkwanca, 14 Sizwe Malakoane, 13 Langelihle Ntombela, 12 Moyomuhle Mkhize, 11 Bongumenzi Mkhize, 10 Nelson Mhlongo, 9 Anele Mzobe, 8 Simphiwe Makhubu, 7 Thabani Mnisi, 6 Philasande Mgogo, 5 Sinqobile Maseko, 4 Nkanyiso Miya, 3 Mpumelelo Hlefane (c), 2 Siyanda Mthembu, 1 Anelisa Mthwazi.
Replacements: 16 Sinqobile Mtshali, 17 Sechaba Motsapi, 18 Njabulo Nkosi, 19 Sibonokuhle Ncube, 20 Andile Dlamini, 21 Smisokuhle Mthembu, 22 Sandile Mdakane, 23 Ntando Mahlaba.