Johannesburg - Tuks overcame a 25-21 half-time deficit to
beat CUT 68-25 in their Varsity Cup clash at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on
In the third match of the day CUT were up against Tuks at a
cool FNB Stadium on Monday evening.
Tuks have had a disappointing season by their standards and
hoped to turn things around against CUT, while the men from Bloemfontein have
had an impressive season and after almost causing an upset against Shimlas last
week, were hoping for a similar performance.
It only took eight minutes for Duncan Matthews to crash over
and put Tuks 7-0 ahead. Nine minutes later and Tuks wing, Duhan van der Merwe,
doubled his team’s score.
But a moment of brilliance brought CUT back into the match,
as Henry Immelman ran through everyone, hugged the sideline and popped it over,
back inside for Darron Baron to finish off. He converted it and the scores were
14-11 after 21 minutes.
Just four minutes later Nicolaas Britz extended Tuks’ lead
again with a try, the scores moving to 21-11. CUT were fighting hard and pulled
another one back after Jasper Wiese broke through a few tackles and bundled
over the tryline to take the score to 21-18 in favour of Tuks.
On the stroke of half-time, CUT launched a 55-metre
penalty kick, which hit the upright and after a break by Tuks, the ball dropped
loose and flank Mosoeu Maruping kicked the ball forwards, gathered the ball and
sprinted to the tryline. His seven-pointer put his side in the lead for the
first time in the match, 25-21.
In the 55th minute, Nicolaas Britz scored his second of the
match, stealing the lead back from CUT, as Tuks led 28-25. Then, straight off
the restart things got worse for CUT as Junior Burger stepped a couple of
defenders before off-loading to Nicolaas Britz, who ran half the length of the
field for a nine-point try and his hat-trick.
With 20 minutes to play, Tuks retained possession for a
number of phases and when Andre Warner went over just beside the posts, his
team led 50-25.
Tuks crashed over six minutes later for another
seven-pointer. Then not long after that, Andre Warner crossed over for a
nine-point try as the match ended 68-25 in favour of Tuks.
Player That Rocks: Junior Burger (CUT)
Nine-point tries: Darron Baron
Seven-point tries: Mosoeu Maruping,
Five-point tries: Jasper Wiese
Conversions: Darron Baron (2)
Nine-point tries: Andre Warner, Nicolaas Britz
Seven-point tries: Duhan van der Merwe, Nicolaas Britz,
Luke-Kyle van der Smit
Five-point tries: Duhan van der Merwe, Nicolaas Britz,
Conversions: Joshua Stander (7)
15 Meyer van Tonder, 14 Ruan Wasserman, 13 Charles
Hitchcock, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Henry Immelman, 10 Darron Baron, 9 Dean Jacobs, 8
Jasper Wiese, 7 Vincent Maruping, 6 Dean Rossouw, 5 Rayno Nel, 4 Wikus Davis, 3
Niel Schoombee, 2 Len Noort, 1 Gerard Baard
Substitutes: 16 Cameron van Heerden, 17 Juan Volkwyn, 18
Sylvester Makakole, 19 Junior Burger, 20 Marius Grobler, 21 Johann Grundling,
22 Lethole Mokoena, 23 Gunter Janse van Vuuren
15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Riaan Britz, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12
Toko Maebane, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Joshua Stander, 9 Andre Warner, 8
Clyde Davids, 7 Marco van Staden, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Aston
Fortuin, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel
Substitutes: 16 Jan Enslin, 17 Du Toit Genis, 18 Pieter
Jansen van Vuren, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Tinus de Beer,
22 Keanan van Wyk Max Calitz, 23 Justin Forwood