FNB Varsity Cup – Round 1 review

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 25 Feb 2008 at 17:03
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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.

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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.


  • Watch the game last night. Shimlas way to strong and impressive against Raukies. The Rau 10 Andre Smit also a good player but hell that Ebersohn twins are impressive. They are going to be big players in a year or two and special the 10 Sias. Kicking dropgoals like peanuts and handspeed impressive. The bit I watch this game give me a lot of hope for our rugby and hungry to watch more of this.

    Also a very impressive win for Ikeys against Tukkies.

    Superrugby Report
    The second week of the Varsity Cup caused some major upsets, firstly NWU-Puk lost to TUT on Saturday, and then the Ikeys Tigers demolished Tukkies 55-24 in a thrilling encounter in Cape Town.
    The star in the Ikeys line-up was Marvin Christians who crossed the goal line four times, while Robert Hopwood dotted down twice. The other Ikeys tries were scored by JP Koster and Herbert Mayosi.

    Tukkies had a fairy tale start to the Varsity Cup last week when they produced one of the biggest comebacks in rugby history, equalizing with Maties 31-31 after trailing by 31-5 with ten minutes to go. But on Monday night none of that magic was anywhere to be seen.

    In Johannesburg the home side got a real thumping at the hands of Shimlas, going down 54-6. The visitors showed real class, especially in the interpretation of the new laws and just couldn’t put a foot wrong.

    The young Ebersohn twins are still going to Rock the Varsity Cup this year and it is hard to believe that they were still at school last year.

    After the second round of the Varsity Cup the competition has been thrown wide open and it is still anybody’s guess who will be the top dog come the Easter weekend in George.

    Log after yesterdays matches
    Pos Team P W Pts
    1 Maties 2 1 8
    2 UCT 2 1 6
    3 Shimlas 1 1 5
    4 NWU-PUKKE 2 1 5
    5 UJ 2 1 5
    6 TUT 2 1 4
    7 TUKS 2 0 4
    8 NMMU 1 0 0

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.08 08:19:22 by PaarlBok Reply
  • PB

    Who reffed last nights game?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.08 08:25:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Dont know him but the full ELVs look fitting in student rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.08 09:02:27 by PaarlBok Reply

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