Cape Town - Spectators came out in their numbers to
witness this year’s Varsity Shield final at the UWC Sports Grounds in
Bellville as the home team powered past UFH 45-2 to claim the 2017 title.
On a warm evening in Cape Town it
was UWC who took the lead in the first minute through centre Michaine
Not long after, Herschel Jantjies added a
second try in the ninth minute to give his side an early 13-0 lead after the second
try was converted by Aidynn Cupido.
UWC were strong in defence and
the visitors struggled to threaten their opponents’ tryline.
surfaced when the two teams were involved a bust-up in the middle of
the park, but no player was sent off as the referee did not deem it a malicious
The contest took another turn in favour of the home side when Jantjies sold a dummy to dot the ball under the posts after a strong
scrum from his team.
UFH added pressure on the buzzer, but strong defence
from UWC saw them hold on to their 21-0 lead going into the break.
The half-time team talk must have
been a stern one as UFH got their first points just a minute into the second half.
UFH flyhalf Sergio Christian finally got his team on the scoreboard when he landed a
That penalty seemed to recharge the UWC mission as the boys from Cape
Town hit back through a try from substitute Ishmaeel Schroder to extend their
lead to 29-2.
Things went from bad to worse for
the visitors as Luyolo Batshise was sent to the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle.
UWC took immediate advantage of their numerical superiority as Schroeder got his second try of the match to add to the woes of UFH.
Cupido had his kicking boots on as he converted the try to propel his
side to a 37-2 lead after 59 minutes.
It did not end there though as Andre Manuel
scored a final try much to the delight of the home fans.
converted to hand UWC their first-ever Varsity Shield title, and in the process, claim the record for the highest-ever winning margin in the
Player That Rocks: Herschel Jantjies
Note: Conversions are worth three points while penalties and drop goals contribute just two points.
Tries: Fick, Jantjies (2), Schroeder, Theys, Manuel
Conversions: Cupido (5)
Yellow card: Luyolo Batshise (Fort Hare, 57 - tip tackle)
15 Daniel Bock, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse,
13 Michaine Fick, 12 Johannes Carstens, 11 Andre Manuel, 10 Aidynn
Cupido, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Adrian Paarwater, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6
Dean van Tonder, 5 Curtley Thomas, 4 Brandon Valentyn, 3 Justin Theys, 2
Ralph Jansen, 1 Mzo Buthelezi
Substitutes: 16 Ismaeel Schroeder, 17 Nathan Cloete,
18 Matthew le Roux, 19 Alwyn Carstens, 20 Clayton Daniels, 21 Rodrick
Moses, 22 Keagan Fortune, 23 Bradley Jumaats
15 Siphoxolo Zaula, 14 Zayne
Farmers, 13 Xolela Daniels, 12 Somila Jho, 11 Wilfred Bowers, 10 Jeandre
Christian, 9 Qhama Masiza, 8 Sibusiso Sityebi, 7 Thulani Njenje, 6
Zanoxolo Qwele, 5 Philisani Ncoko, 4 Athenkosi Makeleni, 3 Bulelani
Mdodana, 2 Mkhonto Caku-caku, 1 Luxhanti Tame
Substitutes: 16 Litha Magocoba, 17 Asiphe Fanele, 18
Siphosethu Tsotsa, 19 Lukho Jongizulu, 20 Lindokuhle Kenene, 21 Luyolo
Batshise, 22 Sibongile Novuka, 23 Sivuyile Mdishwa