Cape Town - Wits were bursting with confidence in their first
home game of the 2016 Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International
season, as they lead throughout the game to bury TUT by 53 points.
A rainy Wits Rugby Stadium in Braamfontein was the
venue for the round two clash between Wits and TUT on Monday.
Wits kicked off in similar fashion to last week’s
encounter against UKZN in Pietermaritzburg as Thato Marubela once again
opened the scoring to put Wits up by five points. Warren Gilbert’s missed
conversion would turn out to have little impact on the final score. Wits
continued the momentum through a surge of relentless attacks that ultimately
could not be converted into points.
A rain delay after 20 minutes of play threatened to
halt Wits’ momentum, but when the game resumed 10 minutes later, Wits
captain, Connor Brockschmidt, quickly made it 10-0 thanks to a deserving try.
Warren Gilbert was successful with the boot this time round and gifted his side
with a 13 point lead over TUT.
TUT had no reply to the Wits onslaught, with
Constant Beckerling, scoring his side’s third try of the evening. Gilbert’s
second conversion of the evening took his side to a 21 point lead. A TUT
counter-attack at the end of the half only showcased Wits’ impressive
defense as the score remained 21-0 to Wits at half time.
Wits struck immediately after the break with Ruan
MacDonald diving over to make it 26-0. The second half turned out to be even
more one-sided than the first, as Wits grabbed another two tries through
MacDonald. To rub salt in the TUT’s wound, AJ van Blerk converted a penalty
try to conclude a powerful display by Wits.
“It was a tough game - very physical. It was sloppy in
the beginning because of the weather and the TUT boys came hard but we stuck together. We knew what we had to do and we did it,” said
Tries: Thato Narubela, Connor Brocschmidt, Constant Beckerling, Ruan MacDonald
Cons: Warren Gilbert
Pens: AJ van Blerk
Wits: 15, AJ van Blerk, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Joshua Jarvis, 12, Wade
Worthington, 11 Thato Marubela, 10 Warren Gilbert, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Constant
Beckerling, 7 Connor Brockschmidt, 6 Ruan MacDonald, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Graham
Logan, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2CJ Conradie, 1 Tidje Visser
16 Craig Hume, 17 Ameer Williams, 18 Mitchell Fraiser,
19 Ayabulela Mdudi, 20 Luxolo Ntsepe, 21 Kyle Wesemann, 22 Sicelo Champion,
15 Lisa banzi, 14 Tshepo Nyathi, 13 Ian Truter, 12 Dumisani Mthethwa, 11 Chestwin
Gaffley, 10 Lukas Van Zyl, 9 Shaun Jaards, 8 Claude Johannes, 7 George
Letshuma, 6 Francois De Villiers, 5 William Thompson, 4 Armand Marshall, 3
Jonty Voogt, 2 Christo Lategan, 1 Stanley Modjadji
16 Wessel Jordaan, 17 Jurie Huyser, 18 Calvin Maduna,
19 Dehan Groenewald, 20 Litha Vumisa, 21 Frankie Abrahams, 22 Arno Brits, 23