As it happened: Maties 40-7 Pukke

2018-04-16 21:00

See how the action unfolded in the Varsity Cup final between Maties and NWU-Pukke from Stellenbosch.


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16 Apr 21:07   Tonight's Player that Rocks is Maties flank Johan van Niekerk.
16 Apr 21:04  


Forward that Rocks: Marnu Redelinghuys (Maties)

Backline player that Rocks: Duncan Saal (Maties)

Overall Player that Rocks: Walt Steenkamp (Pukke)

16 Apr 20:58  

Maties have broken their Varsity Cup final drought in emphatic fashion!

They had lost their last four finals and now claim a first triumph since 2010.

Overall, it's Maties' fourth Varsity Cup title and puts them back into the lead with most titles won.

16 Apr 20:56   FULL-TIME: Maties 40-7 NWU-Pukke
16 Apr 20:55   81'- A final Pukke handling error brings an end to proceedings...
16 Apr 20:55   80'- Maties are leading 40-7 and there's time for one more kick-off...
16 Apr 20:54   80'- CONVERSION slotted by Smith.
16 Apr 20:54  
16 Apr 20:53   79'- TRY to Maties as replacement prop Ricky Nwagbara barges over to put the final nail in Pukke's coffin.
16 Apr 20:52   78'- Maties now with another attacking foray inside the red zone...
16 Apr 20:51   A very happy Maties fan...
16 Apr 20:51   77'- But another Maties turnover piles more misery on the visitors...
16 Apr 20:50   76'- Pukke playing for pride now and they have possession just inside the Maties half...
16 Apr 20:50  
16 Apr 20:49   75'- Maties fans are now starting to celebrate... so much so that a game is halted by a streaker... let's hope he doesn't have to spend the night in jail!
16 Apr 20:48  

74' - CONVERSION slotted by Smith.

Maties 33-7 Pukke

16 Apr 20:47  

72' - TRY to Maties replacement winger Munier Hartzenberg.

It comes after the hosts had won a turnover inside the Pukke 22m area...

16 Apr 20:45   72'-  Staunch Maties defence is keeping the visitors pegged back deep into their own half...
16 Apr 20:44   71'- The sands of time are slowly running out for Pukke, who look to run from deep in an attempt to get back into the game...
16 Apr 20:40   67'- While Maties could not score against the 13 men of Pukke, they will feel the PowerPlay reaped rewards as it helped swung the momentum back in their favour...
16 Apr 20:39   65'- Pukke are back to their full compliment but they are under immense pressure...
16 Apr 20:38   65'- A great break from Maties replacement loose forward Stefan Streicher brings play into the red zone...
16 Apr 20:37   63'- And the hosts immediately win a penalty on the ground which brings massive relief.
16 Apr 20:36  

62'- Straight after the strategy break, Maties have opted to use their PowerPlay.

This means flyhalf Schalk Hugo and fullback Tapiwa Mafura are off for Pukke - for three minutes.

16 Apr 20:32  
16 Apr 20:32   Pukke will have to score soon after this strategy break if they are to get back into this game...
16 Apr 20:32   61'- Maties win a turnover but again concede a penalty on the ground... Pukke will have another lineout close to the tryline... but only after the strategy break!
16 Apr 20:30   61'- Maties win a turnover but a charged down kick gives Pukke another attacking chance...
16 Apr 20:30   60' - It's solid defence from Pukke but they are awarded another penalty. It will give the visitors another attacking lineout five metres out...
16 Apr 20:27  

57'- Pukke have a penalty and will set up a lineout close to the Maties tryline.

The PowerPlay is however over and Maties are back to 15 men...

16 Apr 20:26  


17 123 fans!

16 Apr 20:26   56'- Pukke attempt to kick in space but Maties scrumhalf Remu Malan does well to win possession. The hosts will now just look to play down the clock while they are down to 13 men...
16 Apr 20:24   55'- Pukke have now opted for their PowerPlay which sends two Maties players - centres Chris Smit and Michal Hazner off for three minutes.
16 Apr 20:22  

54' - CONVERSION slotted by Smith.

Maties 26-7 Pukke

16 Apr 20:22   And this time the try stands!
16 Apr 20:22   53' - TRY awarded to Maties lock Johan Momsen who barges over after relentless pressure!
16 Apr 20:21   52'- Maties re-assert their scrum dominance by winning a tighthead... it brings them into the red zone...
16 Apr 20:19  

51'-  Pukke's joy is shortlived as some strong Maties defence sees them win a penalty on the ground.

Smith will set up another lineout near the Pukke 22m area...

16 Apr 20:17  

48'- A dominating scrum from Pukke sees them win a penalty. Where was that Pukke scrum in the first half?!

Could this be another turning point in the game?

16 Apr 20:16   48'- Pukke will breathe a big sigh or relief as they are awarded a scrum close to their own tryline.
16 Apr 20:15   47'- TRY CANCELLED! The TMO says he saw evidence of a knock on and disallows the try.
16 Apr 20:14   47' - However, the TMO Shaun Veldsman says he wants to check a potential knock on by the try-scorer...
16 Apr 20:14   47' - TRY to Maties as lock Ernst van Rhyn barges over after relentless pressure from the home side!
16 Apr 20:12   45'- Maties win a penalty after a Pukke high tackle. It's near the touchline so the hosts opt for an attacking lineout five metres out...

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