Varsity Cup: Points deluge as home semi-finals are confirmed

Varsity Cup: Points deluge as home semi-finals are confirmed

On a Monday where tackling was not part of some of the game plans of some Cup teams, the four matches yielded 38 tries and three of the matches were won with runaway scores.

No less than 306 points were scored in the four matches (an average 76½ per match!)

Tuks duly qualified for a home semi-final with an amazing comeback after trailing 0-26 to Ikeys at halftime and ten minutes beyond. Then the scored their 26 points in the last 30 minutes to tie the match at 26-all.

In other word, both teams played for a full half of the match without scoring!

In the second half, Tuks demolished the Ikeys scrum, played some of the best rugby in the tournament and Tinus de Beer kicked he penalty that mattered a minute before the final hooter. It could cost Ikeys a play-off berth.

♦ Wits, after a rather forgettable season, scored nine tries to five in beating UWC in Johannesburg and played themselves back into semi-final contention with their 74-40 win. But the Shimlas, notwithstanding the drubbing by the Maties who won 59-14 in Bloemfontein on Monday, are one log point ahead of Wits and have the easier challenge in next week’s last round: to beat UJ at the UJ Stadium in what has been a most forgettable year for the Johannesburg side.

Wits on the other hand, must beat Pukke in Potchefstroom to (and then only possibly) make the play-offs.

♦ Pukke bounced back from their 0-28 loss to the Tukkies the previous week to beat CUT 60-7 in an away game and are also assured of a semi-final place but too far behind Tuks on the log to make it into a home play-off.

In fact, they will be meeting Tuks in two weeks’ time in the one semi-final which will be at the Tuks Stadium.

♦ The Maties simply marched on in what is so far and should remain an unbeaten league campaign for a second year. They play UWC at Stellenbosch next week. On Monday night they beat the Shimlas at home 59-14, scoring three tries in the last 11 minutes after being only 10-0 up at the break.  




2019 FNB Varsity Cup Log


Pos Team Pld Pts
1  FNB Maties 7 33
2  FNB Tuks 8 30
3  FNB NWU 7 24
4  FNB Shimlas 7 17
5  FNB Wits 7 16
6  FNB Ikeys 7 15
7  FNB CUT 7 14
8  FNB UJ 7 7
9  FNB UWC 7 6