Varsity Cup

Maties seal semi-final berth

2014-03-17 21:31
Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Maties came from behind to beat Tuks 41-24 and knock the defending champions out of the Varsity Cup in Stellenbosch on Monday.

The Stellenbosch side scored five tries in the second half to book a semifinal clash with Cape rivals UCT next week, whilst the defeat seesTuks end a disappointing campaign down in sixth place after losing their last three games.

The visitors made a strong start to the game and it was not long before they drew first blood, with tighthead prop Basil Short crashing over after a driving maul.

Maties responded by sweeping upfield with a flowing passing movement, but they could not find the finishing touch as Tuks defence held firm on their tryline.

Instead it would be the visitors to score next as wing Duncan Matthews cut inside after getting a good pass from scrumhalf Carlo Engelbrecht and he broke clean through the Maties defensive line to cross the whitewash.

That left Maties under pressure at the first strategy break as they looked to fight their way back into the contest in front of their home fans.

However, Tuks kept the hosts pinned in their own half with some good tactical kicking and a dominant performance in the set-pieces.

Maties were struck a further blow when centre Mark Hodgkiss was shown a yellow card for tripping Tuks fullback Warrick Gelant just before half-time, and they went into the break with it all to do at 16-0 down.

After the interval, Maties flyhalf Robert du Preez skipped over for a try that cut Tuks’ lead to 16-8 and they were level soon afterwards as Du Preez found Craig Barry to score, with Du Preez’s conversion making it 16-16.

Maties had the momentum as the big crowd urged them on, and they hit the front for the first time when the ball was sent wide to Caleb Smith who finished well in the corner.

A Du Preez penalty just after the strategy break extended Maties’ lead to 26-16, leaving UP-Tuks' play-off hopes growing increasingly slimmer.

However, Tuks were right back in it when replacement prop Andrew Beerwinkel scored a crucial try after a Maties clearance kick had been charged down by Engelbrecht, with Schoeman’s conversion narrowing the gap to 26-24.

Maties marched into the UP-Tuks 22 as they looked to close the game out, with Barry striking the killer blow to score Maties' bonus-point try.

There was one last try for the hosts as a great run from Du Preez down the right touchline saw replacement Chris Smith cruise over to the delight of the crowd.

Scorers:

Maties: 41 - Tries: Du Preez, Barry 2, Caleb Smith, Chris Smith; Conversions: Du Preez (4)
Pen: Du Preez

Tuks: 24 - Tries: Short, Matthews, Beerwinkel; Conversions: Schoeman (3);

Yellow card: Mark Hodgkiss (Maties, 38 mins – foul play)

Teams:

Maties

15 Craig Barry, 14 John Durr, 13 Mark Hodgskiss, 12 Jacobus Jordaan, 11 Caleb Smith, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jean Nel, 8 Tertius Daniller (captain), 7 Helmut Lehmann, 6 Justin Benn, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Nicol Heyns, 2 Charl de Villiers, 1 Wesley Adonis

Substitutes: 16 Neethling Gericke, 17 Niel Oelofse, 18 Ian Groenewald, 19 Lungelo Chonco, 20 Bjorn Bernardo, 21 Chris Smith, 22 Jacobus Loubser, 23 Liam Hendricks

Tuks

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Reniel Hugo (captain), 7 Rudolph Smith, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Basil Short, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Juan Schoeman

Substitutes: 16 Arno van Wyk, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Leneve Damens, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Kefentse Mahlo, 23 Andrew Beerwinkel

Referees: Jaco Kotze, Rodney Bonaparte
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Results on Monday:

Varsity Cup:

Shimlas 34-33 NMMU
Maties 41-24 Tuks
Pukke 24 -20 UJ
Wits 5-25 UCT

Semi-final line-up:

UCT v Maties
Pukke v NMMU

Varsity Shield:

TUT 24-55 UKZN
UWC 29-51 UFH

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