Johannesburg - FNB UJ came from behind to record an emotional 28-24 victory over FNB Shimlas in their Varsity Cup clash in Johannesburg on Monday night.
Seemingly down and out six minutes after the break, with the Shimlas rampant
following three tries and leading 24-9, the UJ forwards started to put their
stamp on the match.
Halfway through the second half they scored their first try after a 45-metre
run by scrumhalf Jacques Pretorius who set winger Lolo Waqa on his way for a try
in the corner.
Then, just six minutes later, UJ shoved the Shimlas off their scrum ball and
after some good phases replacement prop Ruan Dreyer went over.
Trailing only 21-24 and with 12 minutes to go, UJ were now in control, and
replacement hooker Francois du Toit' s converted try put his side 28-24 ahead
with only four minutes on the clock.
Shimlas then threw everything they had into attack and took if wide after
seven phases on the UJ line, but a poor pass with an overlap cost them the
Shimlas initially impressed with the pace at which they played while UJ had
too little possession to make an early impression - until midway through the
second half, that is, when their forwards took over.
The three tries by Shimlas were also gems, with their first from scrumhalf
Enrico Acker following a ruck and perfect dummy by the Shimlas scrumhalf.
Just before the break, Cameron Jacobs dotted down after a quick penalty had
caught UJ off-guard, and then, shortly after the break centre Zandré de Bruin
went over in the corner after a wrap-around backline move to put his team 24-9
For FNB UJ:
Tries: Waka, Dreyer, Du
Cons: Kotzé 2
For FNB Shimlas:
Tries: Acker, Jacobs, De
Cons: Davids 3
15 Earl Lewis, 14 Aubrey McDonald, 13 Justin St. Jerry, 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Lolo Waka, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Jacques Pretorius, 8 Cameron Peverett, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Johan van Deventer, 5 Marnus van Huyssteen, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Anthony Gallacher, 2 Alfred Ries, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Ollie Terblanche, 18 Jacobus Swanepoel, 19 Wendal Wehr, 20 Danny Botha, 21 André Smith, 22 Divan Zyl, 23 Ruan Dreyer.
Head coach: Hugo van As
15 Shaun Davids, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Zandre de Bruin, 12 Charl Weideman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Jaco Colyn (captain), 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Etienne Terblanche, 7 Pieter Labuschagnè, 6 Hanno Pieterse, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Wilken Heyns, 3 Ian Potgieter, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 John-Henry Harris.
Replacements: 16 JC van Wyk, 17 Stephan Kotze, 18 Oupa Mohoje, 19 Erik le Roux, 20 George Whitehead, 21 Franna du Toit, 22 Divandre Strydom, 23 Henry van Niekerk.
Head coach: Jaco Swanepoel