Stellenbosch - UP-Tuks beat Steinhoff Maties 50-21 in a wet Stellenbosch on Monday to
take their second consecutive FNB Varsity Young Guns title.
According to the supersport.com website, the Pretoria juggernaut, who have not lost a game in two season of Young
Guns rugby, scored six tries on their way to a comfortable victory in a
replay of last year's final.
The visitors made the early running, and hammered away at the Maties
defensive line until a well-timed pass from flyhalf Francois Tredoux saw
right wing Kefentse Mahlo cruise under the poles untouched to give them
an 8-0 lead.
Maties responded by marching into the UP-Tuks 22 and a powerful rolling
maul saw big lock Meyer Ferreira crash over for a try which reduced the
Pretoria team's advantage to 8-5.
However, UP-Tuks hit back with a driving maul of their own which
resulted in No 8 Nicolaas Immelman getting over for their second try
which put them 16-5 ahead of their hosts in the driving rain.
The defending champions kept the pressure on and it told when Maties
flank Nicolai Lubbe was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
UP-Tuks used their advantage well when it was sent out to fullback
Jacques Rossouw who finished well to give them a 21-5 lead at the first
The wet conditions made it difficult for either side to gather much
momentum, and as a result UP-Tuks took that 16 point lead into the
The visitors were straight onto the front foot at the start of the
second half and it was not long before centre Burger Odendaal forced his
way over from close range to put them 29-5 ahead.
To their credit Maties did not give in and some slick handling in the
UP-Tuks 22 saw Lubbe go over for their second try which reduced the gap
to 29-13 and gave the home side a glimmer of hope.
UP-Tuks captain Carlo Engelbrecht dived over to notch his team's fifth
try which gave them a comfortable 37-13 cushion with 15 minutes
remaining, but Maties kept themselves within two converted tries when
flank Pieter de Wet stretched to score their third try.
However UP-Tuks were to have the final say with a late double strike as
first replacement prop Wilco Louw barged his way over the tryline before
Engelbrecht got his second try with the final movement of the match.
Steinhoff Maties: Tries: Ferreira, Lubbe, De Wet Cons: Visagie 2
FNB UP-Tuks: Tries: Mahlo, Immelman, Rossouw, Odendaal, Engelbrecht 2, Louw Cons: Rossouw 5
Yellow card: Lubbe (19 mins, Dangerous tackle)
Steinhoff Maties: 15 Wihan Lombard, 14 Lihleli Tini,
13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Wilhelm Visagie, 11 Boutros Mbina, 10 Kobus Putter,
9 Bjorn Bernardo, 8 Michael Murphy, 7 Pieter de Wet, 6 Nicolai Lubbe, 5
Meyer Ferreira, 4 Gerhard de Wet, 3 JE van der Merwe, 2 Cullen Collopy,
1 Migael Grobler.
Replacements: 16 De Wet Steenkamp, 17 Johnny Meyer, 18 Tangeni
Shatiwa, 19 Beuton Nero, 20 Pieter Schoonraad, 21 Andre le Roux, 22 Kirk
Cupido, 23 Nicol Heyns.
FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Jacques Rossouw, 14 Kefentse Mahlo,
13 Daniel Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Francois
Tredoux, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Nicolaas Immelman, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6
Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2
Theuns Reynolds, 1 Jan Enslin
Replacements: 16 Ruan Steenkamp, 17 Wilco Louw, 18 Paul
Janse van Rensburg, 19 Gerrit Engelbrecht, 20 Ganfried May, 21 Leighton
van Wyk, 22 Lood De Jager, 23 Nqoba Mxoli.
Referee: Daniel Fortuin
TMO: Shaun Veldsman