Cape Town - The Maties booked their place in yet another Varsity Cup final when they dispatched the Shimlas 47-5 on Monday night at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.
An early penalty by Jordan Chait went narrowly wide but the home team struck a few minutes later when fullback Anton du Toit went over after taking a flat pass from inside centre Chris Smit. Chait added the extras and at 7-0 the maroon machine began to rumble.
Hooker Daniel Jooste continued his try-scoring exploits with Chait converting to make it 14-0. The industrious flanker Ben-Jason Dixon also grabbed a try to help the Maties to a 19-0 lead, with Chait again narrowly missing with a long range penalty just before the break.
Scrumhalf Logan Boonzaaier unfortunately had to leave the field with what looked like an elbow injury and the hope is that he is able to play in the final next week.
After the break it was captain fantastic Chris Massyn who scored the fourth try and take the men in maroon out to a 26-0 lead. Some tryline magic saw fullback Du Toit grab his brace and Chait absolutely nailed the touchline conversion to make it 33-0 just before the second strategy break. A yellow-card to Dixon and the subsequent numerical advantage then allowed the visitors to score their first try of the night when tighthead Ruan Kramer forced his way over the try-line. At 33-5 the Shimlas still had mighty mountain to climb and unfortunately for them the FNB Maties still had some fuel left in the tank.
A sublime chip by Smit saw Edwill van der Merwe score a superb try in the corner and further extend his try-scoring record. The last try of the match belonged to replacement hooker HJ Luus and replacement flyhalf Reinhardt Fortuin added the extras to make the score 47-5.
When the final whistle blew shortly thereafter the Maties had won semi-final number 9 hosted at the Danie Craven and booked their place in final number seven to be played at the hallowed ground.
They will welcome Tuks next week Monday at 19:00 and it is sure to be an exciting final.
du Toit (2), Daniel Jooste, Ben-Jason Dixon, Chris Massyn, Edwill van der
Merwe, HJ Luus
Chait (4), Reinhardt Fortuin (2)
15 Anton Du Toit, 14 Munier Harzenberg, 13
David Brits, 12 Chris Smit , 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Chait , 9 Logan
Boonzaaier, 8 Stephan Streicher, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon 6 Chris Massyn (captain), 5
Jordan Sesink-Clee, 4 Bernard Jansen, 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Daniel Jooste, 1 Wayrin
HJ Luus, 17 Ricky Nwagbara, 18 Piet-Louw Strauss, 19 Jesse Johnson, 20 Mitchell
Carstens, 21 Brendon Nell, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Cornel Smit.
15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Charl Pretorius, 13 William Eybers, 12
Tiaan Schutte, 11 Marnus Boshoff, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Zinedene Booysen, 8
Albertus de Bod, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi, 6 Jan Rossouw, 5 Sibabalo Qoma, 4 Nathan
Jordan, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Wihan Marais, 1 Daniel Wessles
Substitutes: 16 Christian Wiburg, 17 John Fincham, 18
Mogau Mabokela, 19 Henk Pretorius, 20 Olehile Losaba, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Cham
Zondeki, 23 Kurt Eybers