Varsity Cup

Wits finish Varsity Cup season in strong fashion

2017-03-27 22:14
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Cape Town - Wits hosted UCT at the Wits Rugby Stadium on Monday evening.

It was the last game of the 2017 Varsity Cup season with both teams failing to progress to the next round. Wits however finished off their best season in the Varsity Cup so far by beating UCT 35-23.

The game saw Wits score early when scrumhalf Ruan Cloete dived over from close range to give the home side the lead. Captain Warren Gilbert stepped up and added the extra two with the boot.

The home supporters then didn't have to wait too long for more points, as speedster Kwanele Ngema picked up a pass from midfield to dash through a few UCT defenders to dot down for a converted nine-point try. With the score at 16-0, UCT were then the next to reply just before halftime through Nyasha Tarusenga, who scored after lots of UCT pressure on the Wits try line.

Fullback Lohan Lubbe added the extra two to cut the deficit to nine points. A few moments later, the visitors were on the attack again and were rewarded for their effort, when Hendrik Lategan crossed over to level matters going into the break with a nine-point try after Lynne's conversion.

The second half saw the hosts come out looking a lot stronger and their efforts showed, when they scored two consecutive converted tries just after the second strategy break to take the score to 30-16.

Wits then added more pressure on the visitors when they added another try to their tally, as hooker CJ Conradie dotted down, but Gilbert unfortunately sent his conversion attempt wide.

The men from Cape Town, however, had the last say but unfortunately it was a little too late, when Joel Smith cut the deficit. The try was converted but shortly after the five-pointer, the final whistle went, which saw Wits secure victory.

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