Cape Town - UJ got their season up and running when they recorded their first win of the season, in a nail biting match against rivals UP Tuks at the Johannesburg Stadium in a 2017 Varsity Cup encounter.
The home side put pressure early on and saw themselves get on the scoresheet, when flyhalf Divan Nel converted a penalty to set the tone early on in the match. Winger Godfrey Ramaboea was then sent to the sin bin and UJ were down 14 men.
UP Tuks made use of the man advantage and clawed back into the match with a penalty from flyhalf Tinus De Beer to make it 3-3 going into the first strategy break. Tinus De Beer continued where he left off and scored another penalty to put UP Tuks ahead 3-6.
It was a half of the flyhalf as Divan Nel converted his second penalty to make it 6-6 at the end of the first half. Divan Nel then made it a hat trick of penalties early in the second half to make it 9-6 to the home side.
UJ were gaining confidence and it was evident when Divan Nel scored his 4th penalty, this time from his own half and stretched the lead to 12-6. UP Tuks hit back almost immediately to keep themselves within sight as Tinus De Beer scored his third penalty to make it 12-9.
The match was perfectly poised and Divan Nel was slowly stealing the show when he scored his 5th consecutive penalty. UP Tuks were refusing to get beat as Tinus De Beer scored his 4th penalty to keep the visitors in the tie at 12-15. However Divan Nel was running the show and scored his 6th penalty to make the score 18-12 with 10 minute remaining.
The final phase of the match saw UJ reduced to 14 men again, as Wian Conradie was sent to the sin bin and the home side had it all to do to retain their lead.
UP Tuks would eventually score and made it a nail biting finish as Denzel Hill scored a late try but the conversion was missed and UJ won the match by a single point, 18-17.
Player That Rocks: Divan Nel (UJ)
Pens: Divan Nel (6)
Tries: Denzel Hill
Pens: Tinus De Beer (4)
15 Ewan Adams, 14 Peter John Walters,13 Aphiwe Dyanti, , 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Godfrey Ramaboea 10 Divan Nel, 9 Johan Esterhuizen, 8 Leon Massyn, 7 Adrian Bester, 6 Wian Conradie, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Reinhaardt Nothnagel, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman ©, 1 Waldo Weideman
Substitutes: 16 Le Roux Baard, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Jo Hanko De Villiers, 20 Siyabonga Luwaca , 21 Kevin du Randt, 22Devon Mare, 23 Carlisle Jordan
15. Divan Rossouw, 14. Dewald Naude, 13. Toko Maebane, 12. Impi Visser, 11. Sibahle Maxwane, 10. Tinus de Beer, 9. Theo Maree, 8. Clyde Davids, 7. Chris Massyn (c), 6. Eduan Lubbe, 5. Brian Leitch, 4. Aston Fortuin, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Jan-Henning Campher, 1. Andrew Beerwinkel.
Substitutes: 16. Theuns Reynolds, 17. Jaco Holtzhausen, 18. Marius Verwey, 19. Jsuan-Re Swanepoel, 20. Raegen Oranje, 21. Joshua Stander, 22. Manie Libbok, 23. Franco van den Berg.