Clash of top-of-the-log teams

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Butsha Mputa, captain and looseforward of CPUT.
Butsha Mputa, captain and looseforward of CPUT.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is still unbeaten after five rounds in the FNB Varsity Shield after they won the match against the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Sunday by 53-12 in Pretoria. Halftime: 22-5.

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) is the other unbeaten team. CPUT and WSU will take to the field at 19:00 today (Tuesday) in a top-of-the-log clash.

On Sunday, CPUT dominated the majority of the match but in the second half ill-discipline stacked the penalties against them. Unfortunately, UKZN could not capitalise on the mistakes and had to play second fiddle.

Players that stood out from CPUT were the captain and loose forward Butsha Mputa, inside centre Lunathi Nxele and prop Matthew Coenraad. The rest of the points earned with the boot were shared by flyhalf Feghon-Leigh Snyders and Imibongo Vabaza.

FNB UKZN flank Menzi Mabaso showed great strength to power over early in the second half, but this proved to be the last time they would threaten the scoreboard.

The Tekkies’ discipline was poor, yet it didn’t seem to affect them all that much, despite losing Nxele and wing Nathan Nkutu to yellow cards.

Scrumhalf Hugan Engelbrecht started an emphatic try-scoring spree for FNB CPUT. His efforts were followed by Nxele’s brace, a second for Mputa, while replacement back Björkan Hendricks and replacement lock Bradley van Boven completed an impressive haul.

Nxele was also awarded as the FNB Player That Rocks.

FNB CPUT – Tries: Asisipho Malotana, Lunathi Nxele (2), Butsha Mputa (2), Matthew Coenraad, Hugan Engelbrecht, Björkan Hendricks, Bradley van Boven. Conversions: Feghon-Leigh Snyders, Imibongo Vabaza (3). FNB UKZN Impi – Tries: Wandile Shabangu, Menzi Mabaso; Conversions: Sibongile Novuka.

. In the Varsity Cup competition, the University of the Western Cape gave Tuks a fright when they began to catch up in the second half after trailing by more than 10 points in the first. Tuks eventually won by 31-25.

UWC made up for this narrow loss by giving the University of Johannesburg (UJ) a rugby lesson by beating them 31-5.

The Ikeys are the only unbeaten team in this competition but had to share the spoils in round 6 with Tuks. The match was cancelled on Friday in line with Covid-19 protocols and declared a draw. Both teams received two log points.

Ikeys and UWC are in action in the Cape derby on Monday 10 May and UWC hopes to topple Ikeys. This will be a giant mountain to climb as Ikeys also got rid of Maties in their encounter.

UWC will depend on players like Gilroy Philander (fullback), Aydon Topley (centre) and scrumhalf Conwill Conradie.

Conradie is the son of Bolla Conradie, former Springbok scrumhalf. He is a chip off the old block and likes to snipe around the scrums. He is the player to watch.

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