{
    "title": "CUT edge Madibaz in nail-biter",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Gerhardus-Nel-inaction-180212-VCR-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nFNB CUT Ixias recorded only their second Varsity Cup win ever, as they ran out close victors over FNB Madibaz 38-37.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBoth sides scored five tries apiece, earning themselves a bonus point in the match, while FNB Madibaz earned two. They led 22 - 15 at the break.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBoth packs played their hearts out and the fight among the forwards was tremendous. The backlines of both teams are famous for moving from thrill to thrill and today was no exception. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFNB Madibaz took an early lead through a penalty by Simon Bolze, followed by a Gerrit Huisamen try. Heinrich Bitzi pulled it back for FNB CUT with a penalty, but Henry Brown extended FNB Madibaz\u2019s lead with a seven-point try as the match was already alive in the 20th minute. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe lead exchanged hands every few minutes until the break, when FNB Madibaz led 22-15.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe second half was much the same, but FNB CUT came to life in the 50th minute, and scored the next two tries to regain the lead. <\/p>\r\n<div class=\"video-player\"><video class=\"video-js\" id=\"altContent1\"><\/video><\/div><br\/>\r\n<p>\r\nWith 10 minutes to play FNB Madibaz\u2019s Wynand Grassmann scored, to take back the lead, but FNB CUT hit back immediately through a seven-point try scored by LP Heymans. A late try by Jordan Koekemoer was almost enough for FNB Madibaz, but the conversion was missed and FNB CUT sealed a 38-37 victory.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFNB CUT hooker Tiaan Erasmus, who scored two tries, along with his general superb play in the tight and loose phases, earned himself the FNB Player That Rocks title.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFlyhalf Simon Bolze was the general in the FNB Madibaz team, while lock Gerrit Huisamen scored two tries as well.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>FNB PLAYER THAT ROCKS: <\/strong> Tiaan Erasmus (FNB CUT)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>SCORES<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>FNB CUT: <\/strong> 38 Tries: Tiaan Erasmus (2), Stefan van Schalkwyk, Rayno Nel, LP Heymans Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (4) Pen: Bitzi (1)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>FNB Madibaz: <\/strong> 37 Tries: Gerrit Huisamen (2), Henry Brown, Wynand Grassmann, Jordan Koekemoer Cons: Simon Bolze (2) Pens: Bolze (2)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>TEAMS<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>FNB CUT : <\/strong> 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Masego Toolo, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Heinrich Bitzi, 11 Dean Jacobs, 10 Denver Kleu, 9 Ruben Heymans, 8 Gerhardus Nel, 7 Rayno Nel (captain), 6 Ruan Smit, 5 Brendon Fortuin, 4 Sylvester Makakole, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster<br>\r\n<strong>Replacements: <\/strong>16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Isiah Bila, 20 Arne van Rensburg, 21 Tiisetso Madonsela, 22 Karabo Maqeba, 23 Johannes Nel<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<strong>FNB MADIBAZ : <\/strong> 15 Michael Botha, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (captain), 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Lovu Claassen, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Wynand Grassman, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedwyn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck<br>\r\n<strong>Replacements:<\/strong> 16 JP Jamieson, 17 Tembelihle Yase, 18 Similile Qinela, 19 Robert Izaks, 20 Jayson Reinecke, 21 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 22 Henrique Olivier, 23 Jordan Koekemoer<\/p>",
    "blurb": "FNB CUT Ixias recorded only their second Varsity Cup win ever, as they ran out close victors over FNB Madibaz 38-37.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T00:41:57",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
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