Varsity Cup

Tuks sink champs to go top

2015-02-16 21:48
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Cape Town - UP-Tuks have beaten defending champions UCT to move to the top of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International standings.

The Pretoria side have not lost to the Ikeys since the 2011 final, and they continued their dominance over the Cape side by scoring six tries to hand UCT their first away defeat since 2013.

They are separated from FNB NWU-Pukke on points difference after the Potchefstroom outfit was held to a dramatic 26-26 draw by FNB Maties in Stellenbosch.

NWU-Pukke looked set to record their first victory over Maties since the inaugural competition in 2008, but a late try from lock Ian Groenewald saw the three-time champions fight back for their second bonus point draw in as many weeks.

Both teams scored four tries in windy conditions at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, with Maties forced to fight back for the draw after having the same done to them by the Ikeys on the Green Mile last week.

In Johannesburg FNB UFS-Shimlas showed impressive discipline to shut FNB UJ out and record a valuable 24-0 win on the road, whilst the top four is rounded off by FNB NMMU who secured a comfortable 34-13 victory over newcomers FNB CUT despite being shown five yellow cards.

The Madibaz were reduced to 12 men at one stage, but showed plenty of character to hold out under pressure and secure the full five points in front of their home crowd in Port Elizabeth, with five tries to go along with their five yellow cards.

UFS-Shimlas will take plenty of confidence from their second-half performance, scoring three unanswered tries after a scoreless first half in Johannesburg to leave them just one log point off the pace in third place.

In the Varsity Shield FNB Wits moved to the top of the standings with big 56-13 victory over the FNB UKZN Impi in Pietermaritzburg.

It was the first defeat of the season for the Impi, leaving Wits as the only unbeaten side in the competition, with the FNB TUT Vikings in third place after securing a losing bonus point in their 21-18 defeat to FNB UWC in Pretoria.

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