March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
Going into the final stretch the Varsity Cup has heated up and the teams have been pushing each other close and last week saw three matches finishing within 4 point margins. As teams are hitting their straps it’s not getting any easier and this week promises another round of close games.
Overall: 13/16 (81.25%)
Last week: 2/4 (50%)
Global: 455 / 14,152
UCT Fans: 18 / 881 (Down 17)
Front Row Grunt: 7 / 161 (Down 5)
IKEYS V Maties: 4 Mar – 16.45 (tv) UCT Rugby Stadium (The Green Mile)
Ikeys host Maties at the Green Mile and they will want to record their first win against their old rivals who is unbeaten so far. Apart from the draw against NMMU in the first week Ikeys has struggled to compete but last week pushed Pukke close while Maties has struggled to finish off their opponents the past two weeks and were pushed all the way by the Madibaz and by Tuks. In an interesting move Ikeys fullback Dillyn Leyds will start at flyhalf but Maties, however, should be too much for the Capetonians and Ikeys will have to wait for their first win.
Maties by 9
UCT: 15 Ross Jones-Davies, 14 Dylan Sage, 13 David Ambunya, 12 Liam Bax, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Liam Slatem (captain), 8 Bradley Bosman, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Derek Asbun, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Kyle Kriel, 3 Shane Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes de Klerk, 19 Jason Klaasen, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 Richard Stewart, 22 Paul Cohen, 23 Digby Webb.
Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgkiss, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Dean Grant, 9 James Alexander, 8 Helmut Lehmann (captain), 7 Lungelo Chonco, 6 Beyers de Villers, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Os Hamman, 2 Neethling Gericke, 1 Alister Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Hein van der Merwe, 18 Jurgen Streicher, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Andries Truter, 21 JH Potgieter, 22 JP Lewis, 23 Brendan Pitzer.
NMMU V UJ: 4 Mar – 19.00 XEROX NMMU Stadium
UJ has had the luxury of consistent selection during the competition and once again has made only one change with lock David Antonides returning. They will look to their back three to cross the goal line a few times but the Madibaz has shown that they are no pushovers this year, not even for the big guns and the battle in PE is going to be a tough one where NMMU will try to emulate the giant killing act of their Super Rugby side the Kings. UJ’s consistency and their dangerous runners de Kock, Esterhuizen and Botha should clinch the game for them.
UJ by 9
NMMU: 15 Jarred Buys, 14 Gerhardus Smith, 13 Hermanus van Lill, 12 Xolani Mnisi, 11 Logan Basson, 10 Justin Van Staden, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Timothy Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Albertus de Swardt, 5 Louis Fourie, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Lizo Gqoboka, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Roy Godfrey (captain).
Replacements: 16 Francois Coetzer, 17 Gareth Hartley, 18 Ferdinand Gerber, 19 Mzwanale Zito, 20 Lesley-Dean Luiters, 21 Lonwabo Ntleki, 22 Yamkela Ngam, 23 Dexter Fahey.
UJ: Kobus de Kock; JR Esterhuizen, Bradley Moolman, Luhan Steenkamp, Chrysander Botha; Divan van Zyl, Vian van der Watt; RJ Liebenberg, Justin Wheeler (c), Kobus Porter, David Antonites, Shane Kirkwood, Kop van der Westhuizen, Malcolm Marx, Wiseman Kamanga.
Replacements: AJ le Roux, Wessel Durand, Johan van der Hoogt, Tulip Marole, Jacques Pretorius, Juffrou Vermeulen, PJ Walters, Njubalo Mkhize.
SHIMLAS V NWU Pukke: 4 Mar – 19.00 (tv) XEROX SHIMLA PARK
Shimlas will be disappointed with their season so far having only one win, against rookies Wits in Round 1, to show for their efforts while Pukke have only lost to UJ in Round 2 and will feel they have the Shimlas number. Both teams got wake up calls last week, Shimlas losing to NMMU while Ikeys pushed Pukke close. In the end Pukke should take the game though.
Pukke by 6
UFS-Shimlas: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Maphutha Dolo, 13 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 12 Stephan van der Merwe, 11 Divandre Strydom, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Erik le Roux, 7 Teboho Mohoje (captain), 6 Henco Venter, 5 JC Astle, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Carl van Heerden, 2 Elandre Hugget, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 JC van Wyk, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Lebo Zietsman, 19 Freddie Ngoza, 20 Hlanlha Hlongwane, 21 Sethu Tom, 22 Francois du Toit, 23 Luan de Bruin.
Pukke: Hoffman Maritz; SW Oosthuizen, Sylvian Mahuza, Hennie Skorbinski, Luther Obi; Gerhard Nortier, Tiaan Dorfling; HP Swart, MB Lusaseni, Philip de Wet, Strand Kruger (c), Danie Jordaan, Herman Basson, JC Oberholzer, Martin Dreyer.
Replacements: Marius Fourie, Arno Ebersohn, Molotsi Bouwer, SJ Niemand, Jaco Grobler, Justin Botha, Rowayne Beukman, Mashudu Mafela.
TUKS V Wits: 4 Mar – 19.00 TUKS RUGBY STADIUM
Another tough task awaits newcomers Wits when they face the Blue Bulls parking garage, Tuks, in Pretoria. Wits has shown that they are here to play rugby and has scored three tries in each of their last two game but a lack of possession and a porous defence has resulted in big scores being run past them. They are on a steep learning curve but I don’t expect the trend to change this week and Tuks should be comfortable winners.
Tuks by 39
UP-Tuks: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Handre Pollard, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Danie Faasen, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Basil Short, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Schalk Van Heerden, 19 Wesley Kotze, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Riaan Britz, 22 Piet Lindeque, 23 Stephan Pretorius.
Wits: 15 Riaan Arends, 14 Jeremiah Latana, 13 Kayde Fisher, 12 Jared Meyer, 11 Jacques Erasmus, 10 Kyle Peyper, 9 Mathew Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Carel Greef, 6 Juan-Pierre Jonck, 5 Charles Baggot, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Katlego Kgame, 1 Hannes Ludik.
Replacements: 16 Rory Anderson, 17 Thato Mavundla, 18 Peter van Biljon, 19 Shai Korb, 20 Joshua Durbach, 21 Greg Blom, 22 Michael Sephton-Poultney, 23 Ferdinand Kelly.
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