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

The teams:

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

Kick-off: 6.30pm

Referee: François Veldsman

The teams:

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

The teams:

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

Kick-off: 7.30pm

Referee: Matt Kemp

The teams:

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.

and some late changes just as I’ve finished this piece 🙂

Revised Varsity Cup teams for Round Two:

(All changes in bold)

FNB UJ: 15 Earl Lewis, 14 Edrich van Tonder, 13 Clinton de Klerk (captain), 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Lola Waqa, 10 André Smith, 9 Danny Botha, 8 Quintin Minnaar, 7 Wendal 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 Aubrey MacDonald, 23 Jaco Claassen.

FNB Shimlas: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Beast Ndwandwa, 13 Earl Snyman, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 Rashied Isaacs, 10 Reinhardt Erwee, 9 Marlin Ruiters, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Hanno Pieterse, 5 Henjo van Niekerk, 4 Joubert Horn, 3 Vaatjie Koorsen, 2 PW van Vuuren, 1 Ian Potgieter.

Replacements: 16 Gert Erasmus, 17 André Schlechter,18 Lebo Zietsman, 19 Pieter Labuschagné, 20 Jaco Colyn, 21 Divandré Strydom, 22 Johan van Schalkwyk, 23 James Hellawell.

FNB NMMU: 15 Aluzant Munnik, 14 Oscar Mazaka, 13 William Heydenrych, 12 Wade Roos, 11 Darryl Turner, 10 Willem Laubscher, 9 Luso Booi (captain), 8 JP Kellerman, 7 Samuel Borsaah, 6 Ferdie Gerber, 5 Mathew Lutge, 4 Jannie Fourie, 3 Pierre Hammand, 2 Hugo Lampbrechts, 1 Chariel van Jaarsveld.

Replacements: 16 Werner Kapp, 17 Chris Dicks, 18 Kemsley Wesso, 19 Ferdinant Gerber, 20 Phiwe Lallendle, 21 Jade Barkhuizen, 22 Hugo van Heerden, 23 Ivan Cowley.

Who the hell are the TUT Vikings?

@MysticShark (Comment 2) : tshwane university of technology (old pretoria tech)

@robdylan (Comment 1) : i know two of those uj guys personally, yes only two!

@war1 (Comment 3) : Cheers Ears

@war1 (Comment 4) : rugby players and academics dont really hang out that much

@MysticShark (Comment 5) : all the more reason to bring a sharks team in

@robdylan:re:eligibility for varsity cup :minimum of12 of 23 match squad must be bona fide students ,and no player can be older than 25 (not turn 26 in that year’s varsity cup tournament).

@bergshark (Comment 8) : thanks… good to know.

12 out of 23? That’s not a huge amount.

@war1 (Comment 4) : which ones?

Go Pukke…(just because KZN has no representative)

TUKKIES!! 😈

@FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : I’m torn.

Went for Pukke at first cos they had some former Sharks in the ranks (Dames and Siya Mdaka)

But Tukkies is my alma mater and Ikeys play the most attractive rugby. So what to do?

Also a fair few former Sharks at UJ, although for some reason they’re not in the team. Guess that move backfired, boys…

@robdylan (Comment 13) : I actualy only went for Pukke because of an add that was on MK(channel on dstv) or something which involved winning a bursury to study at pUkke…strange how the girl in the add said pukke at the end, and thus i decided….

going for tukkies would be like going for the Nulle or affies…yuck X2, same crowd, different venue…give him anada chance…

Ikeys v Pukke coming up

anybody willing to comment watching ?

@rekinek (Comment 16) : I can’t really… got some work to do.

Very windy game

@robdylan (Comment 17) : and what have you been doing the whole day 😉

@rekinek (Comment 18) : ask no questions and I’ll tell you no lies 🙂

@robdylan (Comment 19) : hehe . i shall remain silent then (…for a while at least)

trying to find some place with live score but unlucky thus far.

@robdylan (Comment 10) : i roomed with 4.martin lombaard in first year and in res with 8.Quintin Minnaar

Ikeys won 18-11

and robdylan wins the bonus point for his prediction of UCT by 7 🙂

@war1 (Comment 21) : so you know Martin Lombaard? Is he the one they call “Nandos”?

Shimlas leading Madibas 49-0 🙂

now 54 – 0. And I only had them by 30 🙁

@robdylan (Comment 23) : i only got 1 point 😐

and Tukkies beat UJ 39-31

@robdylan (Comment 28) : no wait – it was a 34-all draw! SuperBru has it wrong

Maties kook nou!

@PaarlBok (Comment 30) : you’re not wrong

Conrad Hoffman at 9??

Hayden Groepies at 10? 😯