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Maties' last attack comes up short as they lose to Tuks for the second time this season
Tuks are well deserved 28-21 victors
TUKS ARE THE 2017 VARSITY CUP CHAMPIONS!
80' - No, they tap and go
Not trusting their lineout presumably
80' - Time almost up...
It's now or never for Maties
79' - Maties win the scrum and try to run it from deep inside their own red zone
The good news is should they score it would be worth 7 points...
78' - But it's knocked on...
Relief for Maties but is a scrum really what they want?
Maties down to their last chance from their own 22m area
77' - Tuks inch forward as their heavy pack take turns to hammer away at the Maties tryline
Only a matter of time one thinks...
76' - Tuks set up a driving maul
Haven't done that nearly enough tonight with their dominant pack
74' - Oh dear, Maties lineout is lost
Not looking good for the Maroon Machine as they find themselves back inside their own 22m area
74' - Time now short for Maties if they wish to land a 4th Varsity Cup title
But they do have a penalty ... and set up a lineout on the Tuks' 10m line
The team that has finished top of the log after the league phase has only gone on to win the title on three occasions in the previous 9 years of Varsity Cup rugby
Can Tuks make that No 4 tonight?
70' - Tuks back to 15 men and pin Maties back deep inside their own half
Long way to go for the men from the Cape with only 10 minutes left on the clock
LOOKING GOOD FOR THESE TUKS FANS...
@TuksSport posters at @varsitycup pic.twitter.com/8LjttVEWs4— Bertus le Roux (@BertusLR) April 17, 2017
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68' - And De Beer punishes the Maties with another successful penalty attempt
Tuks literally walking forward with the Maties pack disintegrated
Impressive to watch if you're a Tuks fan...
65' - Outstanding work by the Tuks defence sees them turn over the ball as they hold up the maul
Remember, Tuks are still down to 14 men but you wouldn't say so...
64' - Mix-up at lineout time as Tuks steal the ball and De Beer clears impressively down to the Maties 10m line
Maties will need to start all over again as the minutes tick by...
62' - Maties win a penalty after Tuks play the man in the air.
Excellent kick to touch sets up an attacking red-zone lineout for the men from Stellenbosch
60' - Referee blows for the second half Strategy Break
Could be decisive in deciding the outcome of the match
59' - Tuks fullback Manie Libbok with an attempted drop goal
Woefully away to the left
Pet hate the drop goal ... swing the ball son!
57' - Maties playing with renewed vigour against their 14-man opponents
But Tuks win a penalty
Hang on ... Maties with a white card challenge
54' - Shoulder charge off the ball on Maties No 2 Craig Corbett
Tuks down to 14 men. Is this Maties' chance?
54' - No 17 white is replacement Jaco
TMO searching for the footage...
52' - Penalty awarded to Tuks as the referee grows tired of resetting the scrum
If Tuks go on to win tonight, a large part of that will be due to their scrum dominance.
Something Maties will have to address in the off season for sure.
51' - Two minutes (and more) later and we're still scrumming...
Worst part of rugby IMHO ... time wasted at scrum time
50' - Referee struggling to gain control at scrum time
Maties with the feed...
49' - Tuks back on attack as Maties make a change
Ngwabara replaces Wesley Adonis in the front row
MISS VARSITY CUP CROWNED AT HALF-TIME
Congratulations to #MissVarsityCup 2017 Gizelle Venske from @UPTuks! #VarsityCup10 pic.twitter.com/gNx3JNAUuc— Varsity Cup (@varsitycup) April 17, 2017
Congratulations to #MissVarsityCup 2017 Gizelle Venske from @UPTuks! #VarsityCup10 pic.twitter.com/gNx3JNAUuc
46' - Poor play from Maties as they let the kick ahead from De Beer bounce and Divan Rossouw was on hand to pounce and sprint away for a 7-point try
De Beer converts and Tuks lead for the first time in the match
They'll be tough to catch I fear for all Maties supporters...
45' - TRY Tuks
And as I say that, Tuks score!
44' - It's OVER from Smith as Maties stretch their lead to 18-13
43' - Maties with another penalty after Tuks collapse the maul from the lineout
Maties will have another shot at goal, but this time from an acute angle on the 5m line
Chris Smith with the kick...
41' - Maties win an early penalty and fullback Tiaan Swanepoel lines up a monster 55m-plus shot at goal
Good effort but it comes up short
41' - And the half-time birthday celebrations are over
We have rugby again!
Maties will have a devil of a job containing a fair bigger and stronger-looking Tuks side in the second stanza
Join us in 10 minutes for the second half!
40' - And De Beer does indeed land the penalty as the half-time whistle in blown
Tuks 13-15 Maties at the break
40' - Shot at goal from Tuks No 10 De Beer to end the half.
Shouldn't be a problem for the sharp-shooter
40' - Predictably Tuks win another scrum penalty as Maties disintegrate
Advantage to Tuks as they look to play, but the referee calls them back for the penalty
40' - Messy play from both sides as the HT siren approaches
Maties ripped the ball free, but veteran Varsity Cup star Craig Barry knocks it on
Tuks will have a scrum inside the Maties half with seconds remaining in the first half
37' - Another scrum to Maties
They'll want a quick heel, a very quick heel!
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