Match Report – FNB Maties vs FNB Tuks
A hat-trick by FNB Maties winger, Duncan Saal, was enough for the Stellenbosch-based side to defeat FNB Tuks at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday evening. FNB Maties walked away with a comfortable 29-16 win to remain on top of the log in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
Despite the home side, FNB Maties, dominating possession and territory early on, it was FNB Tuks who opened the scoring with a nine-point try against the run of play. A turnover on FNB Tuks’ own tryline gave the visitors an opportunity, which they seized thanks to a lucky bounce after the ball was kicked ahead. FNb Maties, not to be outdone, responded in style with a nine-pointer of their own five minutes later.
It was Saal who would score thanks to some great foot work from his fullback.
After a period of poor handling by both sides and the scores locked at nine apiece, it was the winger who scored his second in the 31st minute after the speedster went over in the corner. It was a great team effort that was created by some impressive offloading. Saal’s two tries ensured FNB Maties led, 20-9, at the break.
FNB Tuks started the second half with some intent, carrying the ball strongly to be justly rewarded for their efforts when hooker, Corniel Els, bashed over in the corner in just the 42nd minute. Joshua Stander converted the try to make it a four-point ball game with virtually a whole half to play.
FNB Maties refused to be rattled by the visitors, who continued to dominate possession in the second half. FNB Tuks seized the opportunity to showcase their defence, holding firm against several attacks.
However, Saal completed his hat-trick just nine minutes from time, when he collected a perfectly-weighted crosskick to run in under the post for a seven-pointer. The final score would be enough for FNB Maties to hang on to their lead – completing their third straight win in the process. In contrast, FNB Tuks remained winless after three rounds, keeping them rooted at the bottom of the table.
The result means next week’s encounter between FNB Maties and FNB UJ in Johannesburg will be between two of the three unbeaten sides in the competition. FNB Maties will be hoping Saal can carry his try-finishing skills into that crucial match. That match kicks-off at 18h30.
FNB Maties:Tries: Saal (3). Conversions: Stapelberg (2)
FNB Tuks: Tries: Keanan van Wyk, Corniel Els. Conversions: Joshua Stander
Match Report – FNB UFH vs FNB TUT
Historic win for the men from Alice as FNB UFH register first victory
FNB UFH were aiming for a maiden win in 2016, in front of a home with a crowd. And they managed it in nail-biting fashion at the death against FNB UFH. It was a fairytale victory that could not come at a better time. It was a strong, physical encounter. FNB TUT drew first blood with a try early on by Apsalom Mthethwa just minutes into the match.
Both teams were desperate to ensure a victory, as they entered the clash without registering a win this season. FNB UFH scored on the stroke of half time though Asiphe Fihla to end the match at half time with scores at FNB TUT 8-5 FNB UFH.
It was going to take a lot of character to get a win, as both teams weren’t giving away points. It was flyhalf Lukas van Zyl that scored two to penalties to extend FNB TUT’s lead to 12-5. With minutes to play FNB UFH scored a try through Asiphe Makeleni and a conversion to take the lead 13-12. But again flyhalf Lukas stole the lead back, as FNB UFH scored a penalty to go ahead 14-13.
The men from FNB UFH had one last trick up their sleeves, with one minute to play was Mandaba that would make history for the FNB UFH team with a try to seal the deal as FNB UFH record their first victory in the 2016 Varsity Shield.
“It’s days like these that hard work pays, after all the punishing we have taken, a win like this has benefits that I can’t explain,” said FNB UFH coach Lumumba Currie. “Well done to my boys in showing character and after a week in hell, they still wanted to win, and where else to win than win at home if front of your home crowd, and more importantly, the Vice Chancelor, Dr Tom.”
FNB UFH defeated FNB TUT at Davidson Sports Stadium. Full-time score FNB UFH 18-14 FNB TUT.
FNB UFH Tries: Mandaba Aziyena, Fihla Asiphe, Makeleni Athenkosi. Conversions: Sias Alandre
FNB TUT Tries: Apsalom Mthethwa. Conversions: Lukas Van Zyl. Penalties: Lukas Van Zyl (3)