It was another hard-fought victory for FNB UWC as they made it three victories in three home games this season. The boys from Cape Town looked solid and comfortable in their own backyard and the results thus far attest to that.
After breaking the deadlock ten minutes into the game through Aidynn Cupido’s penalty, it was the home team who settled down first. A beautifully worked move saw Michaine Fick cross the line for his team’s first try and had his kick converted to give FNB UWC an early 10-0 lead.
It took FNB TUT 30 minutes to get onto the scoresheet after FNB UWC saw Curtley Thomas sent to the bin for an infringement in his own half which saw the subsequent penalty beautifully put away by Bongani Zwane of FNB TUT. The hosts responded almost immediately with a penalty of their own through the boot of Aidynn Cupido after just 33 minutes to extend their lead to 12-2. The scored remained at that until the end of a nervy first half from both teams.
The second half started much like the first and saw FNB UWC strike in the 49th minute through an unconverted try by towering prop Justin Theys. FNB TUT responded three minutes later with a try of their own after Litha Vumisani crossed over the whitewash to record his team’s first try of the evening. Bongani Zwane duly converted the try to narrow the lead down to 17-10 after 52 minutes.
With both teams struggling to hold onto the ball and conceding possession as a result of a series of knock-ons, frustrations were starting to show and FNB UWC’s Justin Theys was sent to the bin alongside FNB TUT’s William Thomson after the two were forcefully handling each other off the ball. Both teams were down to 14 men after 60 minutes.
It’s hard to speak of a FNB UWC performance without mentioning in-form winger Kurt-Lee Arendse. Arendse recorded his eighth try of the tournament after a great run down the wing but would have been disappointed to see his try not converted. FNB TUT were not taking the defeat lying down as they kept applying pressure but at times were let down by handling errors and were unable to break through the FNB UWC defence. The Cape side were having no such problems though as they found yet another try through winger Andre Manuel right under the posts. Herschel Jantjies was on hand to convert the try and complete the scoring in a competitive match in Bellville, Cape Town.
FNB Player that Rocks: Kurt-Lee Arendse (FNB UWC)
FNB UWC: 30
Tries: Michaine Fick, Justin Theys, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Andre Manuel
Cons: Aidynn Cupido, Herschel Jantjies
Pens: Aidynn Cupido (2)
FNB TUT: 10
Tries: Litha Vumisani
Cons: Bongani Zwane
Pens: Bongani Zwane
FNB UWC Starting XV: 1 Mzo Buthelezi, 2 Ralph Jansen, 3 Justin Theys, 4 Brandon Valentyn, 5 Curtley Thomas, 6 Dean van Tonder, 7 Shaine Orderson, 8 adrian Paarwater, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 10 Keagan Foruin, 11 Andre Manuel, 12 Aidynn Cupido, 13 Michaine Fick, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 15 Marcus Kleinbooi
Replacements: 16 Ismaeel Schroeder, 17 Nathan Cloete, 18 Bradley Jumaats, 19 Abraham Mostert, 20 Alwyn Carstens, 21 Clayton Daniels, 22 Roderick Moses, 23 Jesse Herbert.
FNB TUT Starting XV: 1 JJ Nelson, Stanley Modjadji, 3 Reginald Standers, 4 Claude Johannes, 5 William Thomson, 6 Mandla Mdaka, 7 Mpho Kganakga, 8 Francois De Villiers, 9 Bongani Phangisa, 10 Litha Vumisani, 11 Arno Brits, 12 Viagian Groenewald, 13 Chestwin Gaffley, 14 Tshepo Nyathi, 15 Bongani Zwane.
Replacements: 16 Dalton Dreyer, 17 Shadow Ndlala, 18 Mulauba Mukendi, 19 Lungelo Xulu, 20 Shawn Jaards, 21 Jan Van De Merwe, 22 Mfundo Gumede, 23 Bongani Mtshali.
By Thulani Mkosi