Clash of Varsity Cup titans
It will be
a clash of Varsity Cup titans on
Monday night when defending champions UP-Tuks host log-leaders Maties
in a replay of last year's final.
their opening-round defeat to NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom the
star-studded UP-Tuks side has been
building up some momentum with victories over UCT and -UFS
their clash with the unbeaten Maties - which will be televised live on
One - will provide a true test of how far they have come.
Men from Stellenbosch were forced to
work hard for their victory over NMMU last week, but the character
showed to secure a tense victory against the Madibaz proved that they
team to beat this season.
coach Chris Rossouw knows that his
team will be up against it away from home, and has instructed his
have a full go in the big North-South clash at the Tuks Rugby Stadium.
know that Tukkies are the
favourites going into the match, so I've told the players that they
nothing to lose and that they must give it their all," he said ahead of
their Round-Four meeting in the 2013 FNB Varsity Cup presented by
other televised game on Monday will see
the first-ever Varsity Cup Johannesburg derby when newcomers Wits
for their first victory against local rivals UJ.
suffered a heavy defeat at the hands
of NWU-Pukke at home last week, and their coach Andy Royle knows that
an 80-minute performance if they are to compete with a UJ side that
full of confidence following their convincing victory over UCT in Cape
Port Elizabeth, the NMMU Madibaz will be
looking to build on their spirited display against Maties last week
take on a UFS-Shimlas side low on confidence after consecutive defeats
Eastern Cape side enjoyed the support
of a 12,000-strong crowd at their last home game, and coach Brent Janse
Rensburg is determined to see his team reward their loyal supporters
with a big
"One thing you can be assured of, the
NMMU men will always give of their best and we will work hard to try
convert our performances into a win for our supporters," he said.
UCT Ikey Tigers will be looking for
their first win of the season when they travel to Potchefstroom to face
NWU-Pukke side that will be riding high on confidence following their
Round Three victory over Wits.
defeat will be a hammer blow for
the Ikeys' semifinal ambitions, so they will throw everything at
will be relishing the chance to play in front of their home fans again
two weeks on the road.
the Varsity Shield, meanwhile, the TUT Vikings will be desperate to
secure their first victory in the
when they take on Peter de Villiers's UWC outfit in Pretoria.
went down to Fort Hare in
heartbreaking fashion in Alice last week, so they will be motivated to
that they can produce the goods away from home.
Fort Hare Blues will be out to keep
their momentum at home going when they welcome the UKZN Impi to the
Davidson Rugby Stadium. The Impi are fresh off their bye week and are
make a push for a place in the final in the second half of the season.
the FNB Varsity Young Guns competition,
NMMU's youngsters will be out to bounce back from their defeat to the
Trojans in Cape Town last week when they host Maties in Port Elizabeth,
Wits and NWU-Pukke will both be looking for a fast start to the season
they do battle in Potchefstroom.
Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship
will have a big North-South derby of its own when Steinhoff Medies from
Stellenbosch do battle with Steinhoff Mopanie in a curtain-raiser to
Varsity Cup clash in Pretoria.
the other Koshuis encounters, Steinhoff
Villagers will be out to start their campaign on a winning note at home
Steinhoff Northernz, and Steinhoff Commerce Wits will be looking to
from their heavy defeat last week when they host Steinhoff Bastion in a
curtain-raiser to the big Varsity Cup derby in Johannesburg.
Varsity Cup fixtures and team line-ups - Monday, February 25
Wits v UJ, Wits
Rugby Stadium - 4.45pm (Live on Supersport One)
Wits: 15 Greg
Blom, 14 Jacques Erasmus, 13 Kayde
Fisher, 12 Jared Meyer, 11 Riaan Arends, 10 Kyle Peyper, 9 Brent
Carel Greef, 7 Rinus Bothma, 6 Thato Mavundla, 5 Charles Baggot, 4
Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Pierce Cooper, 1 Hannes Ludik.
Replacements: 16 Rory Anderson, 17 Bradley van Niekerk, 18
Katlego Ntsie, 19
Jason Fraser, 20 Mathew Torrance, 21 Nkuli Gamede, 22 Josh Durbach, 23
UJ: 15 Kobus De
Kock, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Bradley
Moolman, 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Divan van Zyl, 9
der Watt, 8 RJ Liebenberg, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Kobus Porter,
van der Hoogt, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 Malcolm
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Wessel Du Rand, 18 David
Antonites, 19 Philip
Marole, 20 Jacques Pretorius, 21 Adriaan Vermeulen, 22 Tommy Damba, 23
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
UP-Tuks v Maties,
Tuks Rugby Stadium - 7pm (Live on Supersport One)
Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Riaan Britz, 13
William Small-Smith (captain), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Courtnall
Tian Schoeman, 9 Lohan Jacobs, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Jacques Verwey, 6 Shaun
Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Hencus Van Wyk, 2 Mbongeni
Mbonambi, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Basil Short, 18 Schalk Van
Heerden, 19 Wesley
Kotze, 20 Clayton Stewart, 21 Handre Pollard, 22 Piet Lindeque, 23
Maties: 15 Craig
Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13
Mark Hodgkiss, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 JH Potgieter, 9 James
Alexander, 8 Reniel Hugo, 7 Lungelo Chonco, 6 Helmut Lehmann (captain),
Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Brendon Pitzer, 2 Neethling
Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Hein van der Merwe,
18 Jurie van Vuuren,
19 Beyers de Villiers, 20 Jean Nel, 21 Dean Grant, 22 JP Lewis, 23 Niel
Referee: Ben Crouse
NWU-Pukke v UCT,
Fanie du Toit Sports Ground - 7pm
Hoffman Maritz, 14 SW Oosthuizen, 13
Sylvian Mahuza, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Gerhard
Nortier, 9 Jaco
Grobler, 8 SJ Niemand, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Phillip de Wet, 5 Victor
(captain), 4 Danie Jordaan, 3 Herman Basson, 2 JC Oberholzer, 1 Martin
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Arno Ebersohn, 18 Molotsi
Bouwer, 19 HP Swart,
20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 Rowayne Beukman, 22 Justin Botha, 23 Mashudu
UCT: 15 Ross
Jones-Davies, 14 Richard Stewart, 13
Nicholas Loizides, 12 David Ambunya, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dillyn Leyds,
Slatem (captain), 8 Joshua Katzen, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Kyle Kriel, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Shaun
McDonald, 3 Shane
Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Derek Asbun, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Bradley
Bosman, 19 Jason Klaasen,
20 Rick Schroeder, 21 Paul Cohen, 22 Justin Coles, 23 Digby Webb.
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
NMMU v Shimlas,
NMMU Stadium - 7pm
NMMU: 15 Jarred
Buys, 14 Mayibuye Ndwandwa, 13
Gerhardus Smith, 12 Xolani Mnisi, 11 Logan Basson, 10 Justin Van
Dwayne Kelly, 8 Timothy Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Albertus de Swardt,
Schalk Oelofse, 4 Louis Fourie, 3 Gareth Hartley, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1
Coetzer, 17 Dexter Fahey, 18 Maruis Oosthuizen,
19 Mzwanale Zito, 20 Lesley-Dean Luiters, 21 Hermanus van Lill, 22
Ntleki, 23 Lizo Gqoboka.
Nico Scheepers, 14 Maphutha Dolo,
13 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 12 Reinhardt Erwee, 11 Divandre Strydom, 10
Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Erik le Roux, 7 Teboho Mohoje
6 Freddie Ngoza, 5 JC Astle, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Carl van Heerden,
Elandre Hugget, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 JC van Wyk, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Lebo
Zietsman, 19 Henco
Venter, 20 Hlanlha Hlongwane, 21 Sethu Tom, 22 Stephan van der Merwe,
Referee: Lusanda Jam
Varsity Shield fixtures - Monday, February 25:
UFH v UKZN, Davidson Rugby Stadium
TUT v UWC, TUT Stadium - 7pm
Koshuisrugby championship fixtures - Monday, February 25:
Commerce v Steinhoff Bastion,
Wits Rugby Stadium - 3pm
Mopanie v Steinhoff Medies, Tuks
Rugby Stadium - 4.45pm
Villagers v Steinhoff Northernz,
Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds - 4.45pm
Varsity Young Guns fixtures - Monday, February 25:
NWU-Pukke v Wits, Fanie du Toit
Sports Grounds - 4.45pm
NMMU v Steinhoff Maties Jrs, NMMU
Stadium - 4.45pm