After trailing 11-5 at the break, FNB Maties scored four second-half tries to beat the FNB Madibaz 35-16 at a very windy Danie Craven Stadium.
FNB Madibaz played with the wind in the first half and put FNB Maties under severe pressure, especially at scrum time. They were rewarded for their efforts by scoring just before half time, through Wynand Grassmann. That came after FNB Maties took the lead through a try by Niel Oelofse.
FNB Maties immediately used the wind to their advantage at the start of the second half when Ian Groenewald crashed over. That was followed by tries by Brendon Nell, Craig Barry and Michal Haznar as FNB Maties pulled away in the final 10 minutes.
The FNB Madibaz were dealt a massive blow in those 10 minutes when they had two players, Stephanus Nieuwoudt and Henry Brown yellow carded, which meant they finished the match with 13 men. That ultimately led to FNB Maties scoring two tries in the final three minutes.
FNB Player That Rocks: Brendon Nell (FNB Maties)
FNB Maties: 35
Five-point tries: Brendon Nel, Ian Groenewald, Craig Barry, Michal Haznar
Seven-point tries: Brendon Nell
Penalties: Chris Smith (4)
FNB Madibaz: 16
Five-point tries: Wynand Grassmann, Stephanus Nieuwoudt
Penalties: Thomas Kean (2)
FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry ©, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Michal Haznar, 12 Braam Venter, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Brendon Nell, 8 Devon Nash, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 JE van der Merwe, 2Freddie Kirsten, 1 Niel Oelofse
16 Craig Corbett, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Johann van Niekerk, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Chris Smit, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel
FNB NMMU: 15 Lindelwu Zungu, 14 Ivan-John du Preez, 13 Siphumelele Mtsutwana, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Athenkosi Mayinje, 10 Thomas Kean, 9 Rouche Nel, 8 Kevin Kaba ©, 7 Henry Brown, 6 Stephanus Nieuwoudt, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Wynand Grassman, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 JP Jamieson, 1 Xandre Vos
16 Jedwyn Harty, 17 Thembelihle Yase, 18 Nicolas Roebeck, 19 Janse Roux, 20 Justin Hollis, 21 Lovu Claassen, 22 Jordan Koekemoer, 23 Jixie Molapo
By Andre Huisamen