Cape Town - Shimlas turned around their loss on a wet field against UCT last week, by beating CUT Ixias 22-13 on another wet pitch at CUT Stadium on Tuesday afternoon after trailing 9-13 at half time.
The match was played on Tuesday afternoon, after the field was considered too wet for play on Monday evening, resulting in the match being postponed by a day.
The heavy underfoot conditions, continuous drizzle and slight southerly breeze did not allow for the exciting, running varsity rugby we have become accustomed to.
During the first half, CUT managed to scrum extremely well and their tactical kicking proved to be effective, allowing them to score the only try of the first half. Their biggest problem turned out to be conceding more than 10 penalties in the match. Shimlas wing, Marco Mason, scored five penalties in the match, effectively punishing the home side for their indiscretions.
Mason also added one conversion, bringing his total contribution to 17 points, earning him the title of “FNB Player that Rocks” in this muddy encounter.
Somehow, the CUT Ixias lost the plot in the second half. Their game plan to run out of trouble from their own 22 resulted in numerous turnovers after handling errors. This enabled the Shimlas to pin them down inside their own half, and score a vital try through fullback Setchaba Motswele
Flyhalf Martin Jacobs kept the home side in the game with his capable kicking boot, scoring two penalties and one conversion. CUT’s try was scored by scrumhalf, Ruben Heymans, shortly after the first half strategy break, which put the CUT Ixias in the lead until the break.
This win places the Shimlas back in the footrace for the Varsity Cup title, while it is back to the drawing board for the winless CUT Ixias one week before their clash with UJ, who earned a dramatic win against Tuks last night.
Player That Rocks: Marco Mason (FNB Shimlas)
Tries: Ruben Heymans
Pens: Martin Jacobs (2)
Cons: Martin Jacobs
Tries: Setchaba Motswele
Pens: Marco Mason (5)
Cons: Marco Mason
15 Darren Adonis, 14 Ondo Ndakisa, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Fiela Nel, 11. Segos Toogo, 10 Martin Jacobs, 9 Ruben Heymans, 8 Stefan Kruger, 7 Burger van Niekerk, 6 Dean Rossouw (c), 5 André Venter, 4 Kian Skippers, 3 Henco Smit, 2 Stefan Jacobs, 1 Jean Volkwyn
Substitutes: 16 Bester Olivier, 17 Kabous van Schalkwyk, 18 Kyle Ess, 19 Vincent Maruping, 20 Dian Dry, 21 Dean Jacobs, 22 Denver Klue, 23 Brendan Verster
15 Sechaba Motsoela, 14 Carel Wynand Coetzee, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Stephan Janse van Rensburg (c), 11 Marco Mason, 10 Nicholas Naude , 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Wilandre Kotzenburg, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Neil Claasen, 4 Raymond Woest, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Kwenzokuhle Blose
Substitutes: 16 Francois Steyn, 17 Johan Kotze,18 Thabiso Msiza, 19 Ruben Schoeman, 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Armand Pretorius, 22 Vuyani Maqina, 23 Niell Stannard