Cape Town - Tuks made light work of Shimlas, winning 65-19 in the seventh round of the Varsity Cup in Bloemfontein at the Free State Stadium.
The Tuks backline started brilliantly, finding gaps in the Shimlas defence and winger Sibahle Maxwane dotted down with a seven-point try, converted by Tinus De Beer opening the scoreboard on 9-0 three minutes into the game.
Dewald Naude stretched the score 14-0 with a five-point try in the 18th minute. Tuks were not done yet and after a brilliant kick from Sibathle Maxwane he collected the ball and went over for a seven-pointer, his second try, taking the game away from the Shimlas at 0-23 just 21 minutes into the first half.
Tuks were all over Shimlas and ran the ball from their 22-metre line and with excellent support play Tuks prop Andrew Beerwinkel went over for a seven-point try stretching the score to 0-30, 26 minutes in. FNB Shimlas’ defence totally crumbled and FNB Tuks ran from the kick-off where winger Dewald Naude scored his second, stretching the score to 0-37 which remained the score at half-time.
Tuks kept their momentum in the second half, forcing phase after phase sending Tuks captain, Chris Massyn, over for a seven-point try, which was converted by Tinus De Beer, taking the score to 0-46.
Shimlas eventually opening their score 49 minutes into the game when winger Vuyani Maqina rounded the opposition backline and the five-pointer was converted by Marco Mason. Tuks answered with persistent pressure and soon Tuks No 8 crossed the line for a five-pointer converted by Tinus De Beer, taking the score to 7-53.
Once again Shimlas showed character, fighting their way into the 22-metre area of the Tuks and centre Lihleli Xoli nabbed a five-pointer, taking the score to 19-60 with seven minutes of play left in the game.
Tuks had the last say in the game when Jan Henning Campher scored a try, making the full-time score 19-65 in favour of the visitors.