Cape Town - UFS-Shimlas reigned supreme in a nine-try thriller as they convincingly beat UJ 22-47 in their 2017 Varsity Cup second round encounter.
The match started off with the away side putting the early pressure on UJ, but the home side put points on the board first through a penalty by Divan Nel. Shimlas responded well and scored a seven-point try with some lovely interplay which resulted in lock Neil Claassen going over for an unconverted try leaving the score at 3-7 after 15 minutes.
It was end to end action as UJ got a try of their own as centre Godfrey Ramaboea made use of the open space on the flank to touchdown for a try. Divan Nel missed the conversion, but the match had the making of a classic encounter. Shimlas executed a wonderful counter, which exposed the UJ defense and centre Stephen Janse Van Rensburg dotted down for a try as Shimlas went ahead again. Niel Stannard made no mistake this time with the conversion to put Shimlas out to a 8-14 lead.
They further extended the lead when flyhalf Neil Stannard scored a penalty and opened some daylight as Shimlas went into the break with an 8-17. UJ showed more urgency at the beginning of the second half and were rewarded as eighth man Jo Hanko De Villers put the home side back into the match, with Divan Nel scoring the conversion to make it 15-17.
The match was heating up and Shimlas again scored a try on the wing as Marco Mason silenced the crowd and flyhalf Neil Stannard scored from an acute angle to make it 15-24. Shimlas were irresistible as lock Phumzile Maqondwana scored and UJ were shell-shocked. Neil Stannard scored the conversion and the score was 15-33 with the away side running away with it.
Marco Manson almost put the game to bed as he scored a try and scored the conversion and Shimlas were cruising at 15-40. It was game over for UJ as they conceded again with Shimlas scoring once again. It was 15-47 with 15 minutes left to play. Shimlas were running riot and UJ didn't have the answers as the game was turning to a humiliating defeat.
UJ managed to get some points when the referee gave them a penalty-try to make the score 22-47. Johann Esterhuizen scored a late try against 13 men to make the score a bit more respectable. The damage had already been done as Shimlas won the match 29- 47.
Player that Rocks: Johannes Maartens (Shimlas)
Tries: Godfrey Ramaboea, Jo Hanko De Villiers, Johann Esterhuizen
Cons: Divan Nel, Tshepo Thulo
Tries: Neil Classen (seven-point), Stephen Janse Van Rensburg, Marco Manson (2), Phumzile Maqondwana (seven-point), Raymond Woest
Cons: Neil Stannard (2), Marco Manson (4)
Yellow cards: Vuyani Maqina, Ruben Schoeman
UJ XV: 15 Ronald Brown, 14, Peter John Walters ,13 Godfrey Ramaboea, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Aphiwe Dyanti, 10 Divan Nel, 9 Devon Mare , 8 Jo-Hanko de Villiers, 7 Adrian Bester, 6 Wian Conradie, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Kyle van Dalen, 3 Nico du Plessis, 2 Johannes Snyman, 1 Khanya Gela
Substitutes: 16 Dilon Bakos, 17 Kyle Kruger, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Reinhaardt Nothnagel, 20 Leon Massyn, 21 Johan Esterhuizen, 22, Ewan Adams, 23 Dominic Kroezen
Shimlas XV: 15 Matsoele Sechaba, 14 Coetzee Wynand, 13 Xoli Tandokuhle, 12 Janse van Rensburg Stephan, 11 Mason Frederick, 10 Stannard Niell, 9 Badenhorst Dian, 8 Erasmus Bernardus, 7 Maqondwana Phumzile, 6 Maartens Johannes, 5 Claassen Neil, 4 Woest Raymond, 3 Kramer Adrian, 2 Snyman Hanno, 1 Blose Ndumiso
Substitutes: 16 Steyn Pienaar, 17 Kotze Johannes, 18 Msiza Lindohuhle, 19 Schoeman Ruben, 20 Mahlasela Musa, 21 Pretorius Wynand, 22 Xamlashe Sango, 23 Naude Nicholas Charl