There was high drama at Coetzenburg on the very first night of Varsity Cup rugby when the visitors, Tukkies, rose from the proverbial dead to draw their match 31-all against the highly acclaimed Maties side.
Report courtesy www.sarugby.net.
Replacement flyhalf Chandré Boshoff missed with his first attempt of his all-important conversion to draw the game level after replacement fullback Shaun Davids scored the final try, but he got another shot at poles after two Maties players started their run to block the kick too early.
Davids had a great afternoon and it was fitting that he played a part in the final act. He had his opponents clutching air for most of the night with his swerving runs.
But the night belonged to the 19-year old Tukkie winger Gerhard “Shadow” van den Heever who scored the best try and perhaps most important try of the night to bring his team within seven points of the Maties with only a few minutes to play.
Retrenched hooker Eben Joubert started the fight back with a superb try, followed by a score by his replacement Torsten van Jaarsveld, to set up the play for Van den Heever and Davids.
But the Maties, dictated the play for most of the match, and whilst it wasn’t spectacular, they scored four tries to lay the foundation for perhaps their first bonus point victory.
Left winger Lucien Cloete, centre Pieter Stoffberg and Cameron Peverett scored for the Maties, who will probably wake up on Tuesday morning with a big headache.
Maties: Tries: Lucien Cloete (2), Pieter Stoffberg, Cameron Peverett.
Conversions: Henoe Stoffberg. Penalties: Stoffberg (3).
Tukkies: Tries: Henk de Ridder, Eben Joubert, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Shadow van den Heever, Shaun Davids. Conversions: Chandré Boshoff (3).
Puk 23 Ikeys 17
The two-time Superbowl champs, the Puk Rugby Institute, also go the fright of their lives when Ikeys launched a blitzkrieg in the final minutes with the flying ex-Bishops scholar Matthew Turner scoring two tries in the final minutes.
The Puk, who are aiming for their third successive title, led comfortably 23-5 until Ikeys used the wind at their backs to pin Puk down in their own territory with Turner finishing off.
The game ended with the UCT again strong on attack, but making a crucial handling error on full-time.
The Puk used their bulky pack to outmuscle the lighter Ikeys and Boelie Maree and his scrum engineers had a field day.
Pukke: Tries: Corné Meyer, Paul Bosch, Markus Fourie. Conversion: Meyer.
Penalties: Meyer (2).
Ikeys: Tries: Matthew Turner (2), Marcello Samson. Conversion: Rosslee.
UJ 35 TUT 12
The UJ laid to rest any fears of not living up to expectations with the most convincing victory of the night, running out comfortable winners with a scoreline of 35-12.
With the bullocking Sokkies van Schalkwyk running hard at the opposing backs, the UJ gained good yardage in the first half and controlled the game with flyhalf Ryno Luus’ boot.
TUT scored a try against the run of play when Aubrey MacDonald pounced on a loose ball to score under the crossbars.
But the UJ took control after the break, first through a try by the Flying Yannick Woimbo, who gathered a high kick perfectly to score in the corner.
The rest of the half belonged to the man of the Match, inside centre JJ Pienaar, who set up both his centre partner, Wesley Delport’s brace of tries.
To rub salt in the TUT wounds flanker Bryan Stephen also got on the scoreboard before the Pretoria students got a concellation try in the end.
UJ: Tries: Wesley Delport (2), Yannick Wombo, Bryan Stephen. Conversions: Ryno Luus (3). Penalties: Luus (3)
TUT: Tries: Aubrey Macdonald, Jan-Harm Steenkamp. Conversion: Braam Pretorius.Tweet