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Wits relegate defending Varsity Cup Champs Tuks

VARSITY CUP WRAP: Wits did the unthinkable and relegated UP-Tuks to the Varsity Shield for the first time in history, beating the defending champions 33-21 in Johannesburg.


The match got off to an excellent start for Wits when Setshaba Mokoena crossed the try line to open the scoring. The home team continued to dominate and after sustained pressure, Wian De Lange scored out wide.

Tuks were struggling to keep up and Lindo Ncusane broke off the back of the scrum to score their third try.

The defending champions finally got on the scoreboard with a try from Bayanda Ngubane, but Wits responded immediately as Henk Gouws powered his way over the line to extend their lead. Tuks fought back with a try from Divan Venter. He scored his second in the last ten minutes of the match and it looked like Tuks may just escape the dreaded relegation

However, a handling error led to a turnover and Banele Mthenjane sealed the win for Wits with a try late in the game.

In the other fixture, NWU Eagles have secured a home semi-final with a convincing 42-26 victory over UCT Ikeys in Cape Town.

The start of the first half did not produce much action, and only in the 28th minute did the visitors break the deadlock through a try by scrumhalf Sylvester Hassien. Kyle Lamb and Duran Koevort’s tries took the Tigers into halftime with a 14-10 lead.


In the second half, the Eagles started cracking the whip, scoring two quick tries through Vernon Paulo and Naiden Jaarts. They crossed the try line two more times for a comfortable lead.

Tom Nel and Jac van der Walt went over for Ikeys but it was a case of too little, too late.

UFS Shimlas kept their chances of reaching the playoffs in the Varsity Cup alive on Monday evening with a convincing 68-36 win over CUT Ixias at Shimla Park.

UJ secured a hard-fought 49-42 victory over Maties in Johannesburg. The halftime score was 17-10 in favour of the home team.


The results and scorers: 


The scorers:

Tries: Setshaba Mokoena, Wian de Lange, Lindo Ncusane, Henk Gouws,Banele Mthenjane.
Cons: Gershwin Mouton 3

Tries: Bayanda Ngubane, Divan Venter 2

Player That Rocks: Mokhethi Kabelo (Wits)

Wits: 15 Lwandile Mapuko, 14 De Lange William Johannes, 13 Matyolweni Luhle, 12 Moekoena Setshaba, 11 Mouton Gershwin 10 Mokhethi Kabelo, 9 Aucamp Wernich 8 Ncusane Lindokuhle, 7 Smid Cal, 6 Mark Snyman, 5 Lushozi Awethu Msizi, 4 Gouws Hendrik Theunis, 3 John-Kelly Okonkwo, 2 Venter Dameon, 1 Banele Mthenjane.

UP-Tuks: 15 Cyster Kyle Edward, 14 Myeni Samkelo Andile, 13 Reynders Zander, 12 Fourie Pierre Arno, 11 Zenzile Ambesa, 10 Lewis Clyde Alfurdo, 9 O’Connell Daimon, 8 Venter Divan, 7 Nkombua Justice Kabasele, 6 Schoonees Dian, 5 Meiring Dawid H. Lukas (Louis), 4 Mare Johannes Wilhelmus, 3 Coetzee Dian Stephan, 2 Williams Allister Noel, 1 Dlamini Bambolunye.


The scorers:

For NWU Shimlas:
Tries: Sylvester Hassien, Vernon Paulo (2), Naiden Jaarts, Ruben du Plessis.
Cons: Zinedine Robinson 4
Pens: Robinson 3

For UCT Ikeys
Tries: Kyle Lamb, Duran Koevort, Tom Nel, Jac van der Walt.
Con: Ntokozo Makhaza

Player That Rocks: Chris Vermaak (NWU)

UCT Ikeys: 15 Koevort Duran Ryan, 14 Louw Rethabile Donovan, 13 Lamb Kyle Graeme, 12 Hendricks Lyle Victor, 11 Makhaza Ntokozo Sibusiso, 10 Hayes David Robert, 9 Moos Asad, 8 MacLeod Smith Jason, 7 Ndiao Kyle Enos, 6 Dyonase Siphumezo, 5 van Rhyn Johan, 4 Crous Reynhardt Wouter, 3 Le Roux Bryan Justin, 2 Blanckenberg Keagan Jordan, 1 Woji Luthando Solomon.

NWU Eagles: 15 Swanepoel Tino Santino , 14 Windvogel Keano Ricardo, 13 Pretorius Theunis Gerhardus, 12 Phatudi Isromr Seita, 11 Jaarts Naiden, 10 Robinson Zinedine, 9 Hassien Sylvester, 8 Erlank Gustav Zacharias, 7 Bertram Karl-Heinz Henlein, 6 Vermaak Chris, 5 Nel Wihan, 4 White Junior, 3 Swiegers Ruan, 2 Paulo Vernon, 1 du Plessis Ruben.


The scorers:

For UFS Shimlas
Tries: Kwezi Dlamini, William Moffat, Dylan Sjöblom, Chadd Adams, Lourens Oosthuizen 2, AV Maceve, Liyema Mgwigwi, Jooste Nel.
Cons: Litha Nkula 3, Ethan Wentzel 2.
Pen: Nkula

Tries: Janco Cloete 2, Jandre de Beer 2, Mamello Moshoaliba.
Cons: Tylor Sefoor 3
Pen: Sefoor.

Player That Rocks: Lourens Oosthuizen.

UFS Shimlas: 15 Mabece Avuyile, 14 Annies Michael Jnr, 13 Bester Zane, 12 Nel Gideon Jooste, 11 Kunene Asanda Sihle, 10 Nkula Litha Siyasanga 9 Adams Chadd Gabby, 8 Kwezi
Dlamini, 7 Mahlasi Thabang, 6 Lourens Oosthuizen (captain), 5 Dylan Sjöblom, 4 Uys Pierre-Raymond, 3 Dos Ries Francisco, 2 Moffat William Johan, 1 Johan Schutte.

CUT: 15 Vergotine Devanito Lushan, 14 Gouveia Adielson Gouveia, 13 Botha Lesley, 12 de Beer Jandré, 11 Malumane Tsepo Siphosethu, 10 Sefoor Tyler, 9 Swartbooi Xavier Alister, 8 Bester Francois Johannes, 7 Stander Ulrich Stephan, 6 Cloete Jacobus Johannes, 5 Sekele
Matthew M. Maboe, 4 Marubelela Asekho Phindile, 3 Augestyn Zran, 2 Drotske Tiaan, 1 Bessenger Jan Hendrik.


The scorers:

For UJ
Tries: Radebe Nkondlokamthimkhulu, Siphesihle Nkabini, Prince Nkabinde 2, Hlone Mputhi, Mpho Vincent Kubheka.
Cons: Cary David 10.

For Maties
Tries: Marais de Wet 2, Willem van den Heever, Marcqiewn Titus, Mckyle Volmoer, Jacques Rousseau.
Cons: Christiaan van Heerden-Smith 3

Player That Rocks: Rowan Malgas (UJ)

UJ: 15 Cary David, 14 Nkabinde Prince, 13 Nkabini Siphesihle, 12 Tengimgene Likhaya, 11 Radebe Nkondlokamthimkhulu, 10 Malgas Rowan Hafeni, 9 Sono Kghothatso, 8 Kanenungo Kelvin, 7 Pretorius Francois Christiaan, 6 Fourie Ricardo, 5 Apea-Adu Philip, 4 Qaba Buhlebenkosi, 3 Pohlmann Heiko Peter Eugene, 2 Osuagwu Darnell Jerry-Fred, 1 Kiewit Kayden Nicklo.

Maties: 15 Rousseau Jacques Guillame, 14 Marcqiewn Titus, 13 De Jager Grant, 12 Solaan Waqar Bradwell, 11 Van Schalkwyk Matthew Emile, 10 Croy Cade Martin, 9 Van Heerden-Smith Christiaan, 8 Marais De Wet, 7 Nel Adriaan Jacobus Nel, 6 Matanda Siyabonga, 5 Beukes Juan, 4 Kitshof Matthys, 3 Burton Moegammad Anmaar, 2 Ngubelanga Siyabonga, 1 Marais Gert Erasmus.

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