FNB UJ hosted three-time champions FNB Maties in Round Six of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International with it all to play for in a soaking wet Johannesburg with the Maties taking the much needed points.
The wet conditions underfoot played their part but the game was hardly reduced to a tight, scrappy affair untill late into the second half. In a brutal, intense match up between two teams who showed a lot of heart it was the boys from Stellenbosch that outclassed the larger UJ pack in the end.
Both teams were clearly out to prove something as Maties attacked ruthlessly and UJ defended with all their might in the first half but mistakes and tough conditions let in a near faultless Maties to score three tries to one.
The Maties came out firing with intense pressure applied to the UJ line after Robert du Preez booted Maties into a position where they could strike. Big Jan de Klerk was then able to barge his way over the goal line after multiple phases by the forwards. Robert du Preez was once again on hand to add the additional points.
The second try for Maties came in a similar fashion as the first with Robert du Preez kicking the Maties close to the UJ line and once again a bulldozing forward in Beyers de Villiers was able to barge over just before the first strategy break. Du Preez slotted the conversion to take the Stellenbosch boys into a healthy 16 point lead.
The Maties seemed to have a formula for scoring tries in the first half as once again a great kick from Robert du Preez allowed the Maties pack to set up a strong driving maul with Beyers de Villiers going over for his second. Du Preez with his toughest kick yet was able to slot it tight on the side of the field.
The second half began much like the first only this time with torrential rain coming down, the Maties were relentless towards UJ’s line dominating both territory and possession. Maties attacking resolve slowly faded through the half as while the UJ team tried hard in difficult conditions.
UJ were finally able to breach the Maties line after the 120kg prop Van Zyl Botha was able to motor his way over from close quaters just before the second stratergy break, the build up to the try was far more enterprising from UJ and seemed to spark them into life. Marais Schmidt added to his teams points by poping over the conversion.
As the second half petered out with conditions worsening UJ were not able to add to thier momentum gained from that first try while the Maties seemed happy to defend couragiously as they racked up the tackles ’till the finall whistle.
For FNB UJ:
For FNB Maties:
Tries: De Klerk, De Villiers 2
Cons: Du Preez 3
FNB UJ: 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 PJ Walters, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Michael Haznar, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Jacques Pretorius (captain), 8 Dylan Peterson, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Kobus Porter, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Van Zyl Botha, 2 Jannes Snyman, 1 Devon Marthinus.
Replacements: 16 Qinisile Siphato, 17 Wiseman Kamanga, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 JP Swanepoel, 20 Lukas van Zyl, 21 Juan Kotze, 22 Pieter Morton, 23 Hendrik Bredenkamp.
FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgskiss, 12 Jacobus Loubser, 11 Caleb Smith, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jean Nel, 8 Tertius Daniller (captain), 7 Justin Benn, 6 Beyers de Villiers, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Nicol Heyns, 2 Charl de Villiers, 1 Niel Oelofse.
Replacements: 16 Neethling Gericke, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Ian Groenewald, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Bjorn Bernardo, 21 Chris Smith, 22 John Durr, 23 Liam Hendricks.
Referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Tahla Ntshakaza
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Willie Roos