Johannes Mulder of Tuks (Gallo)
The 2021 version of the Varsity Cup purchased underway this weekend.
Right here, we provide a wrap of the implications and fixtures from the opening round.
Sunday, 4 April
CUT Ixias 46-13 UJ
After losing all 5 of their matches in closing year’s Varsity Cup, UJ salvage been hoping to bear a a hit impart to the 2021 tournament, writes Bronwen Bain. Alternatively, it used to be CUT Ixias who made an early assertion with a six-are trying, bonus-point acquire.
It used to be pickle up by the CUT pack, who dominated the UJ scrum in the end of. Consequently, Ixias tighthead prop Janu Botha won the FNB Participant That Rocks award.
The Bloemfontein university’s first four tries salvage been all scored by forwards – flank Johannes Terblanche, lock Brendon Fortuin, hooker Janus Venter and No 8 Ulrich Stander, who burst away down the left touchline.
Stander’s seven-pointer gave CUT a 26-6 lead after 50 minutes and while winger Prince Nkabinde’s are trying gave UJ hope, Ixias flyhalf Charles Williams’ boot and two tries from fullback Cohen Jasper done a convincing acquire. Jasper stepped past two defenders in the end of an exceptional go to attain his 2d.
FNB Participant that Rocks: Janu Botha (CUT)
CUT Ixias 46 (19)
Tries: Johannes Terblanche, Brendon Fortuin, Janus Venter, Ulrich Stander (1×7) Cohen Jasper (2)
Conversions: Charles Williams (4)
Penalties: Williams (2)
UJ 13 (6)
Are trying: Prince Nkabinde
Conversion: Jonathan Viljoen
Penalties: Viljoen (2)
UP Tuks 48-25 Wits
UP-Tuks switched gears in the 2d half of to tale a bonus-point acquire against Wits, writes Dan Lombard.
It used to be the chums who hit the floor working with a are trying by hooker Morne Brandon after 5 minutes. He adopted up along with his brace 13 minutes later because the blue machine feeble their extremely effective forwards to dominant the lineout.
UP-Tuks fullback Alex-Zander du Plessis saved his charges inside a weep of the opposition as he landed 5 penalties while his counterpart on the kicking tee, flyhalf Christian Humphries, added a conversion and a penalty handy Wits a slim 18-15 lead at the destroy.
UP-Tuks returned the favour in the 2d half of as they maintained possession while taking part in in the lawful areas and their efforts salvage been rewarded inside three minutes as inside centre Louritz van der Schyff executed off a sweeping circulation with some degree-of-starting keep are trying.
Rugby followers will perceive how descriptive the banter between forwards and backs is and the UP-Tuks forwards ensured with out a doubt one of their salvage bagged the following 5-pointer via change prop Dewald Donald.
The Johannesburg-basically based mostly Witsies enjoyed a household affair as change hooker Justin Brandon, older brother of Morné, crossed the whitewash.
A touching moment used to be when UP-Tuks change Werner Fourie took to the discipline after getting better from mind surgical intention to purchase away a tumour that used to be diagnosed after Round 1 closing season.
The supreme 10 minutes belonged to the Stripe Generation as change loose ahead Stephan Smit and scrumhalf Clyde Lewis crossed the chalk, while Du Plessis ended the evening with 10/10 kicks at purpose.
FNB Participant that Rocks: Alex-Zander du Plessis (UP-Tuks)
UP Tuks 48 (15)
Tries: Louritz van der Schyff (1×7), Dewald Donald, Stephan Smit, Clyde Lewis
Conversions: Alex-Zander du Plessis (4)
Penalties: Du Plessis (6)
Wits 25 (18)
Tries: Morne Brandon (2), Justin Brandon
Conversions: Christian Humphries (2)
Penalties: Humphries (2)
Monday, 5 April
NWU Eagles vs Madibaz – 15: 00
UWC vs UFS Shimlas – 17: 00
UCT Ikeys vs Maties – 19: 00