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Pukke storm to victory, UJ win nailbiter


FNB NWU-Pukke made a comeback in Round Four of the FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International, against the FNB Ikeys with a 20-15 win at the Fanie Du Toit Stadium.

Pukke opened the scoreboard in the third minute of the encounter against the Ikeys as Elden Schoeman went over the tryline. Schalk Hugo successfully converted the try to leave the home team on 7-0.

It was the kicking boot of Hugo in rainy conditions who successfully converted a penalty for Pukke in the seventh minute to keep the score ticking as they were leading 10-0.

Another penalty from Hugo for the Pukke in the 16th minute put them 13-0 up.

The Ikeys struggled in slippery conditions as they tried to gain momentum. But it was the boot of the Ikeys’ Lohan Lubbe who managed to get the visitors on the board 13-3 as they headed into halftime.

As the Ikeys entered the second half they were already on the back foot as Pukke secured the most field territory.

It was the yellow card given to the Pukke’s Justin Newman that set the Ikeys up for a penalty to narrow the lead to a score of 13-6.

A penalty advantage for the Pukke resulted in a try for Estehan Visagie as he went over the tryline to put the home side up 20-6.

In the 81th minute of the encounter, it was Gary Porter from the Ikeys who narrowed the lead to a final score of 20-15.

FNB NWU-Pukke: 20 Tries: Elden Schoeman (five-pointer), Estehan Visagie (five-pointer) Conversions: Hugo (2) Penalties: Hugo(2)

FNB Ikeys: 13 Tries: Gary Porter (five-pointer) Conversions: Lohan Lubbe (1) Penalties: Lohan Lubbe (2)


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FNB UJ got their season up and running when they recorded their first win (18-17) of the season, in a nailbiting finale against rivals FNB UP Tuks at the Johannesburg Stadium.

The home side put pressure early on and saw themselves get on the scoresheet when flyhalf Divan Nel converted an early penalty to set the tone early on in the match, 3-0 to UJ. Winger Godfrey Ramaboea was sent to the sin bin early on and UJ were down 14 men.

Tuks made use of the man advantage and clawed back into the match with a penalty from flyhalf Tinus De Beer to make it 3-3 going into the first strategy break. Tinus De Beer continued where he left off and scored another penalty to put UP Tuks ahead 3-6.

It was a half of the flyhalf as Divan Nel converted his second penalty to make it 6-6 at the end of the first 40 minutes. Divan Nel then made it a hat-trick of penalties early on in the second half to make it 9-6 to the home side.

UJ were gaining confidence and it was evident when Divan Nel scored his fourth penalty, this time from his own half, to stretch the lead to 12-6.

Tuks hit back almost immediately to keep themselves within sight as Tinus De Beer scored his third penalty to make it 12-9.

The match was perfectly poised and Divan Nel was slowly stealing the show when he scored his fifth consecutive penalty. Tuks were refusing to get beat as Tinus De Beer scored his fourth penalty to keep the visitors in the tie at 12-15.

However, Divan Nel was running the show and scored his sixth penalty as he scored all the points of UJ as it was 18-12 going into the last 10 minutes.

The final phase of the match saw UJ reduced to 14 men again, as Wian Conradie was sent to the sin bin and the home side had it all to do to retain their lead.

Tuks would eventually score and made it a nailbiting finish as Denzel Hill scored a late try but the conversion was missed and UJ won the match by a single point.


FNB UJ: 18 Pens: Divan Nel (6)

Godfrey Ramaboea, Wian Conradie

FNB UP-TUKS: 17 Tries: Denzel Hill Pens: Tinus De Beer (4)


After trailing 11-5 at the break, FNB Maties scored four second-half tries to beat the FNB Madibaz 35-16 at a very windy Danie Craven Stadium.

The Madibaz played with the wind in the first half and put Maties under severe pressure, especially at scrum time. They were rewarded for their efforts by scoring just before halftime, through Wynand Grassmann. That came after Maties took the lead through a try by Niel Oelofse.

Maties immediately used the wind to their advantage at the start of the second half when Ian Groenewald crashed over. That was followed by tries by Brendon Nell, Craig Barry and Michal Haznar as Maties pulled away in the final 10 minutes.

The Madibaz were dealt a massive blow in those 10 minutes when they had two players, Stephanus Nieuwoudt and Henry Brown, yellow carded, which meant they finished the match with 13 men. That ultimately led to Maties scoring two tries in the final three minutes.


FNB Maties: 35 Five-point tries: Niel Oelofse, Ian Groenewald, Craig Barry, Michal Haznar Seven-point tries: Brendon Nell Penalties: Chris Smith (4)

FNB Madibaz: 16 Five-point tries: Wynand Grassmann, Rouche Nel Penalties: Thomas Kean (2)


The match between FNB CUT and FNB Shimlas has been postponed until 21 February due to heavy rainfall causing a waterlogged field at the CUT Stadium. A venue will be communicated on the day.


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