Varsity Shield kicks on
a thrilling opening round on
Monday, the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International
with the second round of fixtures on Thursday.
UWC's dominant second-half performance
against the FNB TUT Vikings in Bellville sees them making the early
with a full house of five log points to show for their efforts, but
Villiers' side will have to produce another polished display if they
back that up with another victory over the FNB CUT Ixias in
Ixias have played in both Varsity
Shield finals since the competition started in 2011, and they will be
starting their 2013 season with a bang when they take on the Cape
front of their home crowd on Thursday.
2011 champions have a new coach in
Skillie Bester, but he is no stranger to the set-up having managed the
their previous two campaigns, and he has set his sights on building on
solid platform laid by the previous coaching staff.
hope we can continue because the
previous two coaches did a good job - we have played in two finals and
once and lost it once.
we will try and keep the good work
up. I have been part of the whole set-up from the start - I am just
jobs, maybe this one is easier than the previous one," he said.
Varsity Cup side the TUT Vikings
will be desperate to bounce back after conceding five tries after
against UWC in Bellville on Monday, and they will have the benefit of
in front of their home crowd when they square up to the FNB UKZN Impi.
Impi secured their first victory in the
competition since 2011 when they overcame FNB Fort Hare in a wet
Pietermaritzburg on Monday, and they will have their sights set on
making it two
wins from two when they travel to Pretoria to face the Vikings.
coach Andre Eloff has named the same
starting line-up that did duty against UWC, and they will be aware that
cannot afford to lose any home games if they want to stay in touch with
sides in the competition, so expect some sparks to fly in Pretoria.
Varsity Shield fixtures - Thursday, January 31:
FNB CUT v FNB UWC, CUT Rugby Stadium - 7pm
TUT v FNB UKZN, TUT Stadium - 7pm
CUT: 15 Kholo
Ramashala, 14 Alec Mhlanga, 13 Johan
Van Schalkwyk, 12 Leon Pretorius, 11 Meyer Van Tonder, 10 Noël Marx, 9
Kritzinger (captain), 8 Juan Hugo, 7 Frans Sisita, 6 Moekoa Bolofo, 5
Bester, 4 Johan Klopper, 3 Petri Coetzee, 2 Deon Gouws, 1 Carl Gersbach.
Replacements: 16 Anrich Bitzi, 17 Francois Bender, 18
Levette Shikwambana, 19 JJ
Nel, 20 Christoff Swanepoel, 21 Dean Kauprihanoff, 22 Nhlanganiso
Danie van der Merwe.
UWC: 15 Quade
Langeveld, 14 Godlen Masimla, 13
Kenwin Weiner, 12 Yondela Stampu, 11 Donovan Williams, 10 Charl Van
Vollenhoven, 9 Fredderick Muller, 8 Njabulo Ndlovu, 7 Juan-Paul
Jose Julies, 5 Pallo Manuel, 4 Methetheleli Fuzani, 3 Kelvin de Bruyn,
Charlton van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Michael September.
Replacements: 16 Michael Mkhize, 17 Siphiwokuhle Bakeni, 18
Sebenza Maphumulo, 19
Samuel Borsah, 20 Denzel Willemse, 21 Lubabalo Faleni, 22 Tsepo Manaka,
Referee: Jaco Kotze
TUT: 15 Paul
Walters, 14 Thabo Mangena, 13 Zandre
De Bruin, 12 Oswald Gibson, 11 Fanie Raseroka, 10 Morne Hugo, 9 Nico
Barend Nordeje, 7 Tinus Van Wyk (captain), 6 Mandla Mdaka, 5 Gareth
4 Isak Deetlefs, 3 Dylan Middleditch, 2 Adriaan Joubert, 1 Gerrit Van
Replacements: 16 Dawid Roux, 17 Ricardo Burger, 18 Armand
Marshall, 19 Welile
Ntozakhe, 20 Johannes Venter, 21 Anele Magubane, 22 Siyabulela Mbuqe,
UKZN: 15 Jeandre
Small, 14 Jaco Potgieter, 13
Hendrik Lategan, 12 Garath Meikle, 11 Mondli Ntshingila, 10 Heinrich
Zander Engelbrecht, 8 Andre Greyvenstein, 7 Calvin Ngcungama, 6 Njabulo
5 Gerrit Fourie, 4 Corne Nieuwenhuizen, 3 Sizwe Khubeka, 2 Senzo
Replacements: 16 Richard Sakhile, 17 Leon Mulder, 18 Hendrik
Sanele Malwane, 20 Siyanda Madlala, 21 Ngcebo Phungula, 22 Yandisa
23 Sanele Mweli.
Referee: Gerrie de Bruin