Cape Town - A 21-16 victory over Maties in
Bloemfontein saw UFS-Shimlas move to the top of the FNB Varsity Cup
presented by Steinhoff International standings on Monday.
The Free State side are the only team in
the tournament still unbeaten after four rounds of action, while three-time
champions Maties are still looking for their first win.
The match was deadlocked at 16-16 at
half-time, and UFS-Shimlas replacement Daniel Maartens scored the only try of
the second half to secure a tough win for the home team and pile more misery on
Maties who found themselves in unfamiliar territory in sixth place.
UP-Tuks suffered their first defeat of
the season against NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom, but secured two bonus points
which saw them hold on to second place ahead of UJ who notched an
impressive 42-13 win against NMMU in Port Elizabeth.
The dramatic 42-37 win over UP-Tuks saw
NWU-Pukke claim fourth place, just one log point ahead of UCT who scored 12
tries on their way to a 90-8 victory over newcomers CUT.
Both teams scored five tries in a pulsating
game in Potchefstroom which went right down to the wire before being clinched
in the dying stages by a try from NWU-Pukke flank Marno Redelinghuys who had
claimed a clever cross-kick from flyhalf Jonny Welthagen.
In Port Elizabeth UJ ran away with it in
the second half, eventually outscoring the Madibaz by six tries to two, while
it was one-way traffic from start to finish on the Green Mile where defending
champions UCT were merciless in their demolition of the CUT Ixias.
In the Varsity Shield FNB Fort Hare secured
a 28-18 over the FNB TUT Vikings in Alice while UKZN beat UWC 21-5 in
Durban to move just one point behind log-leaders Wits.In the Varsity Young Guns competition NMMU recorded their first-ever win against NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom, defending champions UFS scored two late tries to edge the Junior Maties in Bloemfontein and the UCT Trojans notched a 34-24 over CUT Young Guns in Cape Town.
The second round of the Steinhoff Koshuirugby Championship saw three away wins with three-time champions Steinhoff Vishuis the only home team to win with a dominant performance against Steinhoff Medies in Bloemfontein.
UJ's Steinhoff Bastion recorded a comprehensive 34-0 win over the NMMU Steinhoff Stallions in Port Elizabeth, Steinhoff Mopanie edged Steinhoff Patria 13-10 in Potchefstroom and the Steinhoff Cobras from UCT went down to CUT's Steinhoff Tigers in Cape Town.