UCT-Ikeys stun Tuks
The defeat sees the reigning champions remain at the bottom of the log with a mere two points. The Pretoria side has to win all their remaining matches if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The other significant result of the round is Wits' 30-all draw to table-toppers Maties.
The log leaders remain unbeaten thus far in the competition, nonetheless, their aura of superiority has truly been dented.
While NWU-Pukke and UJ secured comfortable wins over Madibaz and Shimlas, respectively.
All the scores and scorers!
UCT 23-13 UP-TUKS
UP-Tuks came out of the blocks firing in the first half with the men from Pretoria getting onto the scoreboard first. The UCT defence was resolute in the opening half, keeping UP-Tuks at bay until UP-Tuks fullback broke through the line to score.
David Manuel's men held their lead well before conceding a try through UCT captain Josh Moon which was converted by wing Karl Martin.
UCT flank Xaba Kuyenzeka scored moments later which marked the end of UP-Tuks lead.
UCT outside centre Liam Furnis scored the only 7-point try of the game extending the lead to 23-13.
For UCT Ikeys:
Tries: Cuan Hablutzel, Nama Xaba, Liam Furnis
Cons: Karl Martin 2, Lohan Lubbe
Tries: Christo Hamman, Adriaan Seerane
Pen: Tinus de Beer
UCT Ikeys: 15 Khanyo Ngcukana 14 Karl Martin, 13 Liam Furnis, 12 Robert Ball, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Darian Hock, 9 Pieter Schoonraad, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Josh Moon, 6 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 Gary Porter, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Cuan Hublutzel, 1 Ntokozo Khomo.
Replacements: 16 Josh Van Vuuran, 17 Ashwyn Adams, 18 Wayrin Losper, 19 David Meihuzin, 20 Kezwi Puza, 21 Stefano de Gouveia, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwulanji Chibale.
UP-Tuks: 15 Christo Hamman, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Seerane, 12 Erich Cronje, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Marthinus de Beer, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht , 8 Eduan Lubbe, 7 Smit Jacobus Stephnus, 6 Eduan Leitch, 5 Jacques Verwey, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Cornelius Els, 1 Edward Wesley.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17Jan-Henning Van de BergJan-Henning, 18 Johannes Grobbelaar, 19 Clyde Davids, 20 Joshua Aldeman, 21 Ciaran Dayaram, 22 Johannes Strydom, 23 Mashao Mukhari.
Wits 30-30 Maties
Maties showed great intent at the start of the game by putting the hosts on the back foot with an early try thanks to wing Edwill van der Merwe. The visitors continued to put the Wits under pressure and managed to run in two additional tries to take the score to 17-0.
Wits slowly got into the game and were rewarded with their first try through fullback Tyron Green, who managed to dot down in the corner.
Just before the break, Wits narrowed the deficit to just three points with seven-pointer from inside centre AJ Van Blerk. Flyhalf Chris Humphries added the extras.
As the second half commenced, Maties took control of the match. They added another try to their tally to extend the lead to 24-14.
With 10 minutes left on the clock the men form Stellebosh were awarded with two penalties before Wits scored a try.
Just nine points separated the sides and it looked like MAties would have bagged the win, however in the dying minutes Wits' resilience made sure they score a seven-point, which was converted, for the draw.
Tries: Tyrone Green, AJ Van Blerk, Taine Chabant
Cons: Chris Humphries 3
Tries: Edwill Van Der Merwe, Eldoe Schoeman, Johan Momsen
Con: Chris Smith
Pens: Chris Smith 2
Wits :15 Tyrone Green, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Yanga Hlalu, 12 AJ Van Blerk, 11 Lwazi Monakali, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Travis Gordon, 7 Jethro De Lange, 6 Constant Beckerling, 5 Pascal Snyman, 4 Conor Terah Brockschmidt, 3 Cornelius Greef, 2 Cecil John Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams.
Replacements: 16 Justin Brandon, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Sipho Siboza, 19 Jethro De Lange, 20 Jared Fuller, 21 Taine Chabant, 22 David Cary, 23 Luyolo Qinela.
Maties: 15 Reinhardt Fortuin, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Elden Schoeman, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Eldwill Van Der Merwe, 10 Chris Smit, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Janco Venter, 7 Marno Redelinghuys, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Brandon Valentyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Niel Oelofse.
Replacements: 16 HJ Luus, 17 Ricky Mwagbara, 18 Piet-Louw Strauss, 19 Mitchell Carstens, 20 Stefan Streicher, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Herman Van Dyk, 23 Munier Hartzenburg.
Madibaz 5-37 NWU-Pukke
The first half was dominated by Pukke, the side with most of the possession leading 14-5 at the end of the half with tries from Louis van der Westhuizen and Dean Gordon, respectively.
The home side only try came via outside centre, Siphumelele Msutwana.
The second half was much of the same, with Pukke adding tries from Dean Stokes, Tiaan Bezuidenhout and Chriswill September.
Try: Siphumelele Msutwana
Tries: Dean Gordon, Louis van der Westhuizen, Dean Stokes, Chriswill September, Tiaan Bezuidenhout
Cons: DP de Lange 4
Madibaz: 15 Jordan Koekemoer, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (captain) , 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Henry Brandon Brown, 6 Jason Reinecke, 5 Ruben Le Roux, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedywn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck.
Replacements: Jean-Pierre Jamieson, Thembelihle Yase, Johan Van Wyk, Ruben Bunganga Magwentsu, André Lategan, Dundre Maritz, Henrique Olivier, Stephan Zeelie.
NWU-Pukke: 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Dean Gordon, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 AK Nela, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 DP De Lange, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout, 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Theo Ferreira, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Brendon Strydom.
Replacements: Marius Stander, Morne Strydom, Matimu Manganyi, Jaco Swanepoel, Senzo Mkhize, Nkosana Mathaba, Henko Marais, Jimmy Mpailane.
Shimlas 12-49 UJ
Flyhalf Kobus Engelbrecht opened the scoreboard for UJ in the 11th minute with a penalty kick. Shimlas’ flyhalf had an opportunity in the 14th minute to level the score with a penalty kick from the 10-metre mark but was unsuccessful.
Instead, UJ extended the lead with a try from scrumhalf Bradley Thain, Engelbrecht added the extras, 12-0.
Shimlas crossed the line in the 31st minute after wing Athi Halom went over in the corner to trail 5-15.
Just before the break, UJ were reduced to 14 men with debutant Seun Maduna red-carded for a dangerous tackle on flank Janco Cloete.
Despite being a man down, UJ extended their lead as Thain bagged his brace, 24-5.
In the second half, UJ kept their intensity and added three additional tries. While Shimlas managed to score a consolation try through wing Francois Agenbag, which was converted by Naude.
Tries: Halom Athi, Francois Agenbag
Con: Nicolaas Naude
Pen: Nicolaas Naude
Tries: Bradley Thain 2, Odwa Nkunjana, Adriaan Bester, Ronald Brown
Cons: Kobus Engelbrecht 4
Pens: Kobus Engelbrecht 2
Yellow card: Taitendaishe Mujawo (UJ)
Red card: Seun Maduna (UJ)
Shimlas: 15 Christiaan Schutte, 14 Athi Halom , 13 Carel Coetzee,12 Ayabonga Oliphant , 11 Francois Agenbach, 10 Nicholaas Naude , 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Benjamin Jansen Van Vuuren, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi ,6 Janco Cloete , 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma ,3 Janu Botha, 2 Hanno Snyman , 1 Louis Martin Cloete.
Replacements: 16 JC Jansen V Vuuren, 17 Wentzel Vorster ,18 Johan Kotze , 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Rholane Ncubuka, 21 Zinedine Booysen, 22 Olehile Losaba ,23 Frank Van Heerden.
UJ: 15 Ronald Brown, 14 Tatendaishe Mujawo, 13 Jan Louis La Grange, 12 Seun Maduna, 11 Odwa Nkunjana, 10 Kobus Engelbrecht, 9 Bradley Thian, 8 Wian Conradie, 7 Adriaan Bester, 6 James Venter, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Kevin du Randt, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman, 1 Sibusiso Lali.
Replacements: 16 Baard le Roux, 17 Dillion Baard, 18 Siyabonga Luwaca, 19 Malembe Mpofu, 20 Johan Esterhuizen, 21 Jean Luc Cilliers, 22 Austin Davids, 23 Cohen Kiewit.