The FNB Madibaz outclassed the FNB Ikeys 8-36 at Florida Park in Ravensmead in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International on Monday. Former Dale College player Andile Jho scored a brace as FNB Madibaz outscored their opponents with five tries to one. The FNB Madibaz scored three unanswered first half tries on their way to securing their first win of the season.
A relentless onslaught from the visiting side saw them cross the whitewash five times while FNB Ikeys only managed eight points.
Lovu Claasen and Kevin Kaba got over for two five-pointers while left winger Jixie Molapo burnt the defence to dot down for a seven-pointer, which originated in the FNB Madibaz own half.
The visitors dominated the opening half, both scrums and lineouts bossed by the FNB Madibaz. Lock pairing of Wynand Grassman and Gerrit Huisamen gave problems to the FNB Ikey loose trio of captain Jason Klaasen, Luke Stringer and Nyasha Tarusenga.
The men from Port Elizabeth continued where they left off in the first half. After a brilliant passage of play from the home side, a turnover allowed the speeding Molapo to race in for a score under the upright.
After some constant pressure from FNB Ikeys it seemed like they would claw their way back into the match. The build-up to the Hablutzel’s try shifted the momentum in the favour of the home team. It was however short-lived as the FNB Madibaz resolve held firmly. Just before and immediately after the second half strategy break, the match seemed to reach a stalemate as no team managed to add any points to the 8-31 scoreline.
Speedster Jho sealed his brace minutes before the final whistle, as the FNB Madibaz claimed the Monty Taljaard trophy after a well-deserved 8-36 victory.
FNB Player That Rocks: Kevin Kaba (FNB Madibaz)
FNB UCT: 8
Tries: Cuan Hablutzel
Pens: Lohan Lube
FNB Madibaz: 36
Tries: Andile Jho (2), Jixie Molapo, Lovu Claassen, Kevin Kaba
Cons: Simon Bolze (3)
Pens: Simon Bolze
FNB UCT: 15 Rob Anderson, 14 Seb Roodt, 13 Suwi Chibale, 12 Rico Lategan, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Lohan Lube, 9 Stef de Gouveia, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Luke Stringer, 6 Jason Klaassen (C), 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 Gary Porter, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Waryin Losper
Subs: 16 Msizi Zondi, 17 Marty Chandler, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Sanele Malwane, 21 Hilio de Abreu, 22 Ibbie Adams, 23 Jez Mcintyre
FNB Madibaz: 15 Lindelwe Zungu, 14 Ivan-John du Preez, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Jixie Molapo, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Lovu Claassen, 8 Kevin Kaba, 7 Lusanda Badiyana, 6 Stephanus Nieuwoudt, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Wynand Grassmann, 3 Nicolas Roebeck, 2 JP Jamieson, 1 Xandre Vos
Subs: 16 Jedwin Harty, 17 Tembelihle, 18 Janse Roux, 19 Henry Brown, 20 Rouche Nel, 21 Thomas Kean, 22 Luan Nieuwoudt, 23 Daniel Voigt
By Lyndon Julius