Maties out of Varsity Cup

2011-03-21 21:21

Stellenbosch - FNB UJ made history in Stellenbosch on Monday night when they beat FNB Maties 39-19 to finish on top of the log and knock Maties out of the competition for the first time ever.

UJ started well and scored three early tries, none of which fullback Theuns Kotze could convert, and the visitors were full-value for their 15-0 lead at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Maties hit back with a try late in the first half to Stokkies Hanekon after flyhalf Andre Kemp had put through a clever grubber for him to chase.

The home team scored again shortly after the break through captain Hugo Kloppers and they were right back in it as 12-15. But UJ pulled away through a second try to the flying Lolo Waka, and this time Kotze converted to make it 22-12.

As expected Maties threw everything at UJ, needing a bonus point to sneak into the semifinals but UJ were next to score through an intercept try to right wing Aubrey McDonald.

Maties managed to get a consolation try near the end but it was not enough and they were sent packing out of the competition that they have won three times.

The Teams

15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Ryan Nell, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Louis Jordaan, 11 Tythan Adams, 10 André Kemp, 9 Donald Stevens, 8 Meyer Swanepoel, 7 Andrew Prior, 6 Reuben Johannes, 5 Hugo Kloppers (captain), 4 Reniel Hugo, 3 Buhle Mxunyelwa, 2 Gareth Light, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Johannes Gericke, 17 Suan Havenga, 18 Stephan Greeff, 19 Helmut Lehman, 20 James Alexander, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Jarryd Buys, 23 Nian Berg.

Head coach:
Chean Roux

UJ: 15 Theuns Kotze, 14 Aubrey McDonald, 13 Justin St. Jerry, 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Lolo Waka, 10 André Smith, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Cameron Peverett, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Marnus van Huyssteen, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Alfred Ries, 17 Ollie Terblanche, 18 Shane Kirkwood, 19 Johan van Deventer, 20 Jacques Pretorius, 21 Wigan Pekeur, 22 Divan van Zyl, 23 Anthony Gallacher.

Head coach:
Hugo van As


  • Ghost - 2011-03-21 22:45

    That's really lame. I'm an Ikey but that's still lame. No-one has as awesome a vibe as the Maties at home.

      Pilgrim - 2011-03-22 12:16


  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-22 06:45

    Maties suck!!!!!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-03-22 09:04

      Ai Pappa Smurf . . . you cut me deep. Maar ongelukkig is dit waar die jaar.

      Johnny - 2011-03-22 12:02

      ....and stormers suck...!!!!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-22 07:41

    Maties are in the same position as the Bulls.......time to change. This is no negative, but a huge positive. GO THE IKEY TIGERS :)

      Alwyn - 2011-03-22 07:49

      Good Morning SAFFA-CAT,still have a hangover after Saturday,s victory?,,,,,,,,I enjoyed the reaction i got from my Ref comment,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Stormers were the best team on the field,they did deserve to win ,,,,and the Bulls as much as it hurts saying it needs to do a lot of introspect ,they did suck,,,,big time ,,,,i will take the shot on my chin like a man and support my team through this dark patch ,,,,but they have to change their game plan if they want to compete with the front runners,,,,,and again i must say congrats,,,,,What the Maties is concerned they as well as Tuks deserved to lose,,,,Bulls for ever

  • RugbyPrinses - 2011-03-22 07:45

    It's a sad day in Stellenbosch! But Maties will be back. Once a Matie, always a Matie.

      BlackSwan - 2011-03-22 09:47

      Not really such a sad day - we were on the fringes the whole series, and we were outplayed last night - well done UJ, GO IKEYS

  • di - 2011-03-22 08:47

    I didn't really mind who won between UJ and Maties last night, but I do enjoy seeing a changing of the guard. I think it does SA Rugby the world of good. What did peturb me however, was seeing all our future captains of industry desert the sinking ship as 90% of the crowd left when they saw their team being thrashed. What happened to loyalty to a team through thick and thin? I think that was disgusting!

      Stellenbosch - 2011-03-22 19:43

      At least they arrived to watch the game Di, unlike the supporters of most other teams. As a Matie supporter I accept that we were beaten by a better side on the night. What I have a problem with is the amount of money and resources thrown at the Varsity Cup by other teams. This included buying many Maties players from last year and roping in Super Rugby coaches. That was not the intention of the Varsity Cup. Maties was one of the few sides this year that actually looked like a varsity team.

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