Bloemfontein - The unbeaten CUT won their second
Varsity Shield when they beat UWC 29-19 in an entertaining final in Bloemfontein on Monday.
UWC really took it to the hosts in their
first Varsity Shield Final and can be very proud of their effort.
CUT managed to open the scoring in the
seventh minute of the game through a Noël Marx penalty after a driving run from
tighthead prop Danie van der Merwe.
The visitors did a lot of defending in the
early stages of the game and battled to maintain their discipline which meant
that Marx could punish them again in the 11th minute but he was unable to
convert and the score remained 2-0 to CUT.
The nerves were apparent as both sides were
unable to capitalise on the oppositions mistakes.
UWC made a brief appearance in the CUT 22
metre area but could not make it count and they lost lock Methetheleli Fuzani
to a yellow-card in the 14th minute of the game after a cynical infringement.
side scored the first try of the game when the TMO adjudged that Leon Pretorius
had managed to score but Marx missed a fairly straight-forward kick at posts
and they lead 7-0 after 16 minutes.
Captain Inus Kritzinger scored the Ixias'
second try after a great backline move, when he picked and went over from about
a metre out to give CUT a 12-0 lead after 25 minutes.
The visitors got their first score through
a Heinrich Marcus try in the corner of the field after a great break from
Minenhle Mthethwa. The conversion from Freddie Muller was wide and UWC trailed
12-5 eight minutes before the end of the first-half.
At the half-time break the home side was
12-5 up after a lull in play in the last 15 minutes of the first stanza.
UWC scored the first points in the second
period through a Muller penalty and the visitors were right back in the game at
12-7 after five minutes of play in the second-half.
Muller added another penalty before another
try from Leon Pretorius put the home side into a 17-9 lead with 52 minutes gone
in the game.
A try from UWC flank Samuel Borsah meant
that the scores were level at 17-17 with just under 25 minutes left to play.
With 15 minutes left on the clock Noël Marx
kicked another penalty and the hosts lead 19-17.
Warrick Rhoda replied with a penalty of his
own and the scores were tie once again with just over 13 minutes left.
Once again CUT snuck ahead through another
Marx penalty to take a 21-19 lead.
A great move down the short side with seven
minutes left on the clock saw Alec Mhlango go over for the try which ultimately
sealed the victory. The conversion was good and CUT opened up a sturdy ten
point lead at 29-19.
CUT managed to shut out the game and claim
their second trophy in their third attempt.
Tries: Pretorius 2, Kritzinger, Mhlango
Pens: Marx 3
Tries: Marcus, Borsah
Pens: Muller 2, Rhoda
Yellow-Card: Fuzani (14 min)
CUT: 15 Kholo Ramashala, 14 Charles Hitchcock, 13
Johan van Schalkwyk, 12 Leon Pretorius, 11 Meyer van Tonder, 10 Noël Marx, 9
Inus Kritzinger (captain), 8 Juan Hugo, 7 Frans Sisita, 6 Moekoa Bolofo, 5
Andrew Bester, 4 Johan Klopper, 3 Danie van der Merwe, 2 Deon Gouws, 1 Carl
Replacements: 16 Anrich Bitzi, 17 Rudi Fuls, 18 Levette Shikwambana, 19 Dean
Kauprihanoff, 20 Christoph Swanepoel, 21 Alec Mhlango, 22 Maphelo Mpondo, 23
UWC: 15 Warrick Rhoda, 14 Donovan Williams, 13
Kenwin Weiner, 12 Justin Mckay, 11 Minenhle Mthethwa, 10 Frederick Muller, 9
Denzel Willemse, 8 Heinrich Marcus, 7 Jose Julies, 6 Samuel Borsah, 5 Pallo
Manuel, 4 Methetheleli Fuzani, 3 Kelvin de Bruyn, 2 Charlton van Jaarsveld
(captain), 1 Michael September.
Replacements: 16 Ludwe Ntlokondala, 17 Siphiwokuhle Bakeni, 18 Jaycee Jooste, 19
Sebenza Maphumulo, 20 Charl van Vollenhoven, 21 Yondela Stampu, 22 Quaid
Langeveldt, 23 Njabulo Ndlovu.
Referee: Stephan Geldenhuys
referees: Oregopotse Rametsi, Local
TMO: Johan Greeff