Maties already assured of semi-final while the others chase

Maties already assured of semi-final while the others chase

The Maties, with two matches still remaining, already can’t be withheld from yet another semi-final in the Varsity Cup while Tuks, their old adversaries from the North, need only two more points on the log to be guaranteed a semi-final spot.

From a look at the log (see below) it is clear that these two teams, despite good opposition on Monday night in their Varsity Cup matches against the Shimlas and UJ respectively, are the undoubted top sides with their respective points differentials of 153 (Maties) and 141 (Tuks) easily better than those of the Pukke (31) and the Shimlas (14).

All five the others sides have conceded more points they have scored.

Of course, the above is influenced by the strength of the sides the respective teams have played so far.

Maties (28 points from six matches) and Tuks (24 from six matches) can still both be overtaken in the placings by the Pukke (18 from 5) and the Shimlas (14 from 5) in the race for home play-offs if they should they falter.

Tuks have two difficult remaining matches. They play the Pukke away next weekend and then face the Ikeys in Pretoria, who also still have an outside chance of making the semi-finals.

The Maties, with a bye next week, still play the Shimlas in Bloemfontein in what should be a real challenge before an easy match at home against UWC, who have no log points yet and a negative points differential of 121 points in their difficult first season at this level.

Pos Team Pld Pts
1  FNB Maties 6 28
2  FNB Tuks 6 24
3  FNB NWU 5 19
4  FNB Shimlas 5 15
5  FNB Ikeys 5 11
6  FNB CUT 5 9
7  FNB UJ 6 7
8  FNB Wits 5 7
9  FNB UWC 5