The fourth round of fixtures for the Varsity Cup took place on Thursday, 22 April.
NWU Eagles 28-15 UWC
UFS Shimlas 5-59 UCT
UCT remained unbeaten as they scored eight tries against Shimlas at Loftus Versfeld, writes Dan Lombard.
It certainly didn't help that Shimlas were red-carded twice although they returned to their full complement after two sets of 15 minutes in accordance with Varsity Cup law variations.
Ikeys were ruthless throughout the first half as they attacked Shimlas’ fringe defence at will but it was the men from Bloemfontein who scored first as silky hands across the backline put fullback Cham Zondeki over in the corner.
This proved to be the last time they would threaten the scoreboard as UCT switched gears and crossed the chalk on four occasions. Lock Connor Evans and fullback Athi Gazi bagged five-pointers while wing Rethabile Louw finished two brilliant point-of-origin tries which, along with flyhalf James Tedder's two conversions and a penalty, inflated the score to 31-5 at the break.
The second half started off with a bang as Gazi crossed for his brace in a spectacular point-of-origin try before the match dissolved into an untidy affair.
UFS Shimlas did well to halt the juggernaut for a while but couldn't contain the near incessant phases of attack by UCT Ikeys as they dotted down a further three tries courtesy of outside centre Evardi Boshoff, replacement flyhalf David Hayes and No 8 Christian Stehlik.
Player That Rocks: Neil Otto (UCT Ikeys)
UFS Shimlas – Try: Cham Zondeki.
UCT Ikeys – Tries: Connor Evans, Rethabile Louw (2x7), Athi Gazi (1x5, 1x7), Evardi Boshoff, David Hayes, Christian Stehlik. Conversions: James Tedder (2), Michael Brink (3). Penalty: Tedder.
Wits 11-19 CUT
Madibaz 22-33 UJ
Tuks 24-31 Maties
Maties survived a second-half comeback by UP-Tuks to record a vital win at Loftus Versfeld, writes Dan Lombard.
The North-South clash is characterised by a no-inch-given attitude and this meeting between the two most successful teams in the competition was no different as the heavyweights sussed each other out.
Initially, penalty goals ruled the day as UP-Tuks fullback Zander du Plessis slotted one either side of his opposite number Christopher Schreuder.
It would take 33 minutes for the first try to be scored as the Maroon Machine were awarded a penalty try after a dominant scrum, before wing Munier Hartzenberg snatched a perfectly-timed cross-kick to flop over the chalk.
Hartzenberg's try was a textbook example of why it's important to play until the whistle as Schreuder's penalty attempt had struck the upright before being collected by Maties and recycled for Schreuder to set up the kick that led to the five-pointer.
The second half started off rather scrappily as both teams had their efforts thwarted by unforced errors and had to settle for a penalty apiece.
Maties scrumhalf Bobby Alexander then ran a fantastic support line to collect Hartzenberg's final pass en route to scoring a scintillating point-of-origin try.
The Stripe Generation finally managed to score their opening try in 58th minute as flank Hanru Sirgel was on hand to collect a stolen ball, before replacement scrumhalf Johan Mulder picked and dived for his five-pointer seven minutes later.
Considering the intensity of the clash, it's no surprise that the final points were delivered by the boots of Du Plessis and Schreuder respectively as Maties snuck home with the four-point win.
Player That Rocks: Simon Miller (FNB Maties)
UP-Tuks – Tries: Hanru Sirgel, Johan Mulder. Conversion: Zander du Plessis. Penalties: Du Plessis (4).
Maties – Tries: Penalty try, Munier Hartzenberg, Bobby Alexander (1x7). Penalties: Schreuder (4).