Expect Maties to rack up another big score today as they take on the lowly TUT Vikings in the second round of the Varsity Cup.
Shimlas take on the game, but outclassed NMMU Madibaz in the other potentially one-sided matchup, but there are nevertheless two mouthwatering clashes to look forward to today. At 16h30, the Ikeys from UCT will be at home to the Pukke from Potch. The home side did well to come from behind and snatch a late draw against Shimlas in round 1. Ikeys played just about all of the rugby, yet were at times over-elaborate. Pukke, on the other hand, were good value as they edged Tukkies on their home ground.
Look out for a number of exciting players on the UCT side, including flank Yaya Hartzenberg and centre Tim Whitehead, both of whom featured for the Stormers this weekend. Fullback Therlow Pietersen is another who is deadly with ball in hand and he’ll look to build on a solid showing in round 1. Pukke will be strong as always, although they’ll have to make do without former Sharks XV winger Danie Dames, who injured the medial collateral ligament in his knee and will be out for 3 months at least.
FNB UCT v FNB Pukke, Groote Schuur
Kick-off: 4.30pm (Live on SuperSport One)
Referee: Dilbert November
UCT: 15 Therlow Pietersen, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Pete Haw, 10 Matt Rosslee, 9 Stu Commins (vice-captain), 8 JJ Gagiano, 7 Yaya Hartzenberg, 6 Nick Fenton-Wells (captain), 5 Martin Muller, 4 Don Armand, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Dayne Jans, 1 Ash Wells. Replacements: 16 Mark Goosen, 17 Chris Heidberg, 18 Greg Mallett, 19 Levi Odendaal, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Sean van Tonder, 22 Douglas Mallett, 23 Wes Chetty.
Pukke: 15 Theuns Kotze, 14 Dane Johnson, 13 Ruan Jacobs, 12 Wouter Watermeyer, 11 Andrew van Wyk, 10 Niell Jacobs, 9 Andries Mahoney, 8 Thabo Molete, 7 Jaco Lötter, 6 Savvas Nel, 5 Markus Fourie, 4 Dirco Rautenbach, 3 Stephanus Bezuidenhout, 2 Stoffel Duvenage, 1 Dewald Coetzee. Replacements: 16 BW van Dyk, 17 BG Uys, 18 Francois Robbertse, 19 Siya Mdaka, 20 Cecil Dumond, 21 Wenstley Scott, 22 SP Marias, 23 Johan Coetzee.
In the other game, Tukkies are at home to UJ and in a bizarre reversal, it was the Johannesburg boys who tasted success at LC de Villiers stadium last week (beating the TUT Vikings) while Tukkies went down to the Pukke. Will Pretoria’s finest bounce back and record a home win, or will LC de Villiers again prove a happy hunting ground for the men from UJ? Look out for exciting Lions fullback, Earl Lewis, on the bench for UJ as he makes his comeback from injury. Kick-off in this one is at 18h30.
FNB Tuks v FNB UJ, Tukkies Athletics Stadium
Referee: François Veldsman
Tuks: 15 Gert Smith, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Ernie Kruger, 12 Franco Booysen, 11 Justin van Staden, 10 Shaun Davids (captain), 9 Wesleigh Marais, 8 Marius Weber, 7 Devon Oosthuizen, 6 Lourens Lombaardt, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Tiaan Nel, 3 Hein Viljoen, 2 Chris Crous, 1 Musa Tukela. Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, Ettienne Breytenbach, 18 Joe Walters, 19 Oswin Mentoor, 20 Stanley Twiname, 21 Donovan Marais, 22 Tendai Chikukwa, 23 Danie Oosthuizen.
UJ: 15 Aubrey MacDonald, 14 Edrich van Tonder, 13 Clinton de Klerk (captain), 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Lola Waqa, 10 André Smith, 9 Danny Botha, 8 Quinten Minnaar, 7 Wendell Wehr, 6 Justin Wheeler, 5 Marnus van Huyssteen, 4 Martin Lombard, 3 Wayne Swart, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Charl du Plessis. Replacements: 16 Brett Claassens, 17 JP Olivier, 18 David Bulbring, 19 JP Janse van Rensburg, 20 Jacques Pretorius, 21 Ryno Luus, 22 Earl Lewis, 23 Jaco Claassen.
Lineups for the other two games are as follows:
FNB Shimlas v FNB NMMU, Xerox Shimlas Park
Kick-off: 6.30pm (Live on SuperSport One)
Referee: Luke Burger
Shimlas: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Divandré Strydom, 13 Earl Snyman, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 Rashied Isaacs, 10 Reinhardt Erwee, 9 Jaco Colyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Hanno Pieterse, 5 Henjo van Niekerk, 4 Joubert Horn, 3 Vaatjie Koorsen, 2 PW van Vuuren, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Gert Erasmus, 17 Ian Potgieter,18 Lebo Zietsman, 19 Pieter Labuschagné, 20 Marlin Ruiters, 21 Beast Ndwandwa, 22 Johan van Schalkwyk, 23 James Hellawell.
NMMU: 15 Aluzant Munnik, 14 Oscar Mazaka, 13 Williams Heydenrych, 12 Wade Roos, 11 Darryl Turner, 10 Willem Laubscher, 9 Luso Booi (captain), 8 JP Kellerman, 7 Ferdie Gerber, 6 Samuel Borsaah, 5 Jannie Fourie, 4 Mathew Lutge, 3 Pierre Hammand, 2 Hugo Lampbrechts, 1 Tyron Willams. Replacements: 16 Werner Kapp, 17 Chariel van Jaarsveld, 18 De Wet De Lange, 19 Kemsley Wesso, 20 Hugo van Heerden, 21 Phiwe Lallendle, 22 Ivan Cowley, 23 Chris Dicks.
FNB Maties v FNB TUT, Danie Craven Stadium
Referee: Matt Kemp
Maties: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Dabeon Draghoender, 11 Tythan Adams, 10 Hayden Groepes, 9 Conrad Hoffman, 8 Tertius Daniller, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Sam Mabombo, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Andrew Prior, 3 Lourens Adriaanse (captain), 2 Matthew Dobson, 1 Johan Roets. Replacements: 16 Andrew Crausaz, 17 Mike De Neuilly-Rice, 18 Marinus Pretorius, 19 Josh Strauss, 20 Johan Herbst, 21 Stephan van der Merwe, 22 Jonathan Francke, 23 Buhle Mxunuywa.
TUT: 15 Hansie Graaff, 14 Johan Swartz, 13 Jaco Oosthuizen, 12 Lutho Nyeka, 11 Thabo Motau, 10 Jacques Venter, 9 Nico van Zyl, 8 Wikus Botes, 7 Emile Verster (captain), 6 Alfred Khoza, 5 Werner Lourens, 4 Johan Steenkamp, 3 Braam van der Merwe, 2 Dean Muir, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Eugene Cunha, 17 Juan Pike, 18 Dewald van Deventer, 19 Ryno Lopes, 20 Manny Raposo, 21 Felix Godlo, 22 Henk de Ridder, 23 Johann Visser.