Varsity Cup

As it happened: UP-Tuks 28-21 Maties

2017-04-17 18:24
Last Updated at
17 Apr 20:59

Maties' last attack comes up short as they lose to Tuks for the second time this season

Tuks are well deserved 28-21 victors

17 Apr 20:58
Congratulations to Tuks as they win their third Varsity Cup title
17 Apr 20:58



17 Apr 20:57

80' - No, they tap and go

Not trusting their lineout presumably

17 Apr 20:57
80' - Maties win a penalty and will look to set up a lineout from where they will launch their final attack of the match
17 Apr 20:56

80' - Time almost up...

It's now or never for Maties

17 Apr 20:56

79' - Maties win the scrum and try to run it from deep inside their own red zone

The good news is should they score it would be worth 7 points...

17 Apr 20:54

78' - But it's knocked on...

Relief for Maties but is a scrum really what they want?

Maties down to their last chance from their own 22m area

17 Apr 20:53

77' - Tuks inch forward as their heavy pack take turns to hammer away at the Maties tryline

Only a matter of time one thinks...

17 Apr 20:52

76' - Tuks set up a driving maul

Haven't done that nearly enough tonight with their dominant pack

17 Apr 20:51

74' - Oh dear, Maties lineout is lost

Not looking good for the Maroon Machine as they find themselves back inside their own 22m area

17 Apr 20:50

74' - Time now short for Maties if they wish to land a 4th Varsity Cup title

But they do have a penalty ... and set up a lineout on the Tuks' 10m line

17 Apr 20:46


The team that has finished top of the log after the league phase has only gone on to win the title on three occasions in the previous 9 years of Varsity Cup rugby

Can Tuks make that No 4 tonight?

17 Apr 20:45

70' - Tuks back to 15 men and pin Maties back deep inside their own half

Long way to go for the men from the Cape with only 10 minutes left on the clock

17 Apr 20:42

68' - And De Beer punishes the Maties with another successful penalty attempt

17 Apr 20:41
67' - De Beer will have another shot at goal...
17 Apr 20:41
66' - Maties absolutely destroyed at that latest scrum

Tuks literally walking forward with the Maties pack disintegrated

Impressive to watch if you're a Tuks fan...

17 Apr 20:39
65' - Whole host of replacements by boths sides, the most notable of which is Maties replacement Ricky Ngwabara who hobbles off
17 Apr 20:38

65' - Outstanding work by the Tuks defence sees them turn over the ball as they hold up the maul

Remember, Tuks are still down to 14 men but you wouldn't say so...

17 Apr 20:37

64' - Mix-up at lineout time as Tuks steal the ball and De Beer clears impressively down to the Maties 10m line

Maties will need to start all over again as the minutes tick by...

17 Apr 20:36

62' - Maties win a penalty after Tuks play the man in the air.

Excellent kick to touch sets up an attacking red-zone lineout for the men from Stellenbosch

17 Apr 20:31

60' - Referee blows for the second half Strategy Break

Could be decisive in deciding the outcome of the match

17 Apr 20:30

59' - Tuks fullback Manie Libbok with an attempted drop goal

Woefully away to the left

Pet hate the drop goal ... swing the ball son!

17 Apr 20:28

57' - Maties playing with renewed vigour against their 14-man opponents

But Tuks win a penalty

Hang on ... Maties with a white card challenge

It's unsuccessful...

17 Apr 20:24
55' - Chris Smith lands the penalty and Maties close the gap to 4 points...
17 Apr 20:23

54' - Shoulder charge off the ball on Maties No 2 Craig Corbett

Yellow card...

Tuks down to 14 men. Is this Maties' chance?

17 Apr 20:21

54' - No 17 white is replacement Jaco Holtzhausen

TMO searching for the footage...

17 Apr 20:21
55' - Maties now with a penalty as the referee consults the TMO with regards to a possible dangerous tackle by No 17 white...
17 Apr 20:19
54' - De Beer lands the penalty and Tuks are out to a 25-18 lead
17 Apr 20:18

52' - Penalty awarded to Tuks as the referee grows tired of resetting the scrum

If Tuks go on to win tonight, a large part of that will be due to their scrum dominance.

Something Maties will have to address in the off season for sure.

17 Apr 20:17

51' - Two minutes (and more) later and we're still scrumming...

Worst part of rugby IMHO ... time wasted at scrum time

17 Apr 20:16

50' - Referee struggling to gain control at scrum time

Maties with the feed...

17 Apr 20:15

49' - Tuks back on attack as Maties make a change

Ricky Ngwabara replaces Wesley Adonis in the front row

17 Apr 20:11

46' - Poor play from Maties as they let the kick ahead from De Beer bounce and Divan Rossouw was on hand to pounce and sprint away for a 7-point try

De Beer converts and Tuks lead for the first time in the match

They'll be tough to catch I fear for all Maties supporters...

17 Apr 20:10

45' - TRY Tuks

And as I say that, Tuks score!

17 Apr 20:09
45' - Maties have started the half well, Tuks a little in their shell, but still 35 minutes to play...
17 Apr 20:08

44' - It's OVER from Smith as Maties stretch their lead to 18-13

17 Apr 20:08

43' - Maties with another penalty after Tuks collapse the maul from the lineout

Maties will have another shot at goal, but this time from an acute angle on the 5m line

Chris Smith with the kick...

17 Apr 20:07
42' - Manie Libbok with a poor clearance and Maties will have a lineout on the Tuks 22m
17 Apr 20:06

41' - Maties win an early penalty and fullback Tiaan Swanepoel lines up a monster 55m-plus shot at goal

Good effort but it comes up short

17 Apr 20:05

41' - And the half-time birthday celebrations are over

We have rugby again!

17 Apr 19:53

Maties will have a devil of a job containing a fair bigger and stronger-looking Tuks side in the second stanza

Join us in 10 minutes for the second half!

17 Apr 19:52

40' - And De Beer does indeed land the penalty as the half-time whistle in blown

Tuks 13-15 Maties at the break

17 Apr 19:51

40' - Shot at goal from Tuks No 10 De Beer to end the half.

Shouldn't be a problem for the sharp-shooter

17 Apr 19:51

40' - Predictably Tuks win another scrum penalty as Maties disintegrate

Advantage to Tuks as they look to play, but the referee calls them back for the penalty

17 Apr 19:49

40' - Messy play from both sides as the HT siren approaches

Maties ripped the ball free, but veteran Varsity Cup star Craig Barry knocks it on

Tuks will have a scrum inside the Maties half with seconds remaining in the first half

17 Apr 19:48
39' - Dodgy call by the referee sees Tuks awarded a scrum when the ball clearly came off the Tuks of a Tuks player and into touch rather than a Maties knock...
17 Apr 19:46

37' - Another scrum to Maties

They'll want a quick heel, a very quick heel!


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