Maties thank a packed Danie Craven stadium with a round three win over Tuks
STELLENBOSCH – Maties got off to a good start and had most of the say with ball in hand, while Tuks – who had to encounter immense defensive pressure the previous two weeks – showed impressive defence themselves as they had to put it all on the line to keep the hosts from doing damage.
Maties got two tries in the first half through lock Johan Momsen, who forced his way over the try line from an attacking scrum, and a penalty try.
The powerplay – the new Varsity Cup rule that allows teams to pick any two opposition players to leave the field for three minutes – came into play in the first half already when Tuks chose to send Maties flyhalf Chris Smith and fullback Reinhardt Fontein off, but they couldn’t capitalise on their numerical advantage.
Maties were at a disadvantage again shortly afterwards when No 4 lock Ernst van Rhyn was yellow carded for dangerous play, and Tuks – whose points until then were the results of three penalty kicks – got a converted five-pointer when fullback Divan Rossouw crossed the whitewash to take the lead (16-14).
The half time score was 14-16.
The start of the second half saw a number of errors from both sides, but the team from Pretoria came out and played with intent and looked a much-improved unit than the one that went onto the field in the first two rounds.
Maties, however, were just as impressive for the greater part of the game, and the attacking play that they strung together, along with their superb work at the lineouts, stood out at Danie Craven Stadium. They also managed to score a great try through Chris Masyn from a driving maul following another dominant lineout showing to take the lead (21-16).
In the last quarter of the contest, Tuks put up a big performance, but Maties managed to hold on. The University of Stellenbosch didn’t manage to get the most out of their powerplay spell either – after they selected Tuks flyhalf Thinus de Beer and Rossouw to stand behind the posts.
And although Tuks looked increasingly good, Maties did enough to deprive Tuks of yet another Varsity Cup win in 2018 to stay top of the log, while Tuks find themselves at the bottom in eight spot.
In other matches, CUT Ixias overcame the NMMU Madibaz 38-37, while Shimlas bagged another victory with a 44-24 win over Wits. In the other match in the Cape, UCT Ikeys beat NWU-Pukke 18-15.
Maties: Tries: Johan Momsen, Penalty try, Chris Masyn Conversions: Chris Smith (2) Penalties: Smith Yellow card: Ernst van Rhyn
Tuks: Tries: Willem Strydom, Conversions: Tinus de Beer Penalties: De Beer (3) Yellow card: Marco van Staden