The FNB Ikey Tigers went down 47-16 to a high flying FNB Maties side on Monday afternoon at the Green Mile. A brace of tries by Duncan Saal and a clinical attacking performance saw the visitors run passed their intervarsity rivals.
The FNB Ikey Tigers got on the scoreboard first through the boot of Lohan Lubbe, but their lead was short lived as Craig Barry produced a moment of magic to finish off an FNB Maties move worth seven points. Lubbe was forced off after the strat break as he suffered an arm injury, and while Rico Lategan was in the sin bin, the FNB Ikey Tigers conceded a try and conversion from Christoper Smith.
Rob Anderson got the home team back on the scoreboard through a drop goal and then a penalty, before Duncan Saal scored his first try of the night, ending the first half FNB Maties 23-9 FNB UCT.
The first ten minutes of the second half were back and forth, with no team really able to capitalize on their opportunities. In the 53rd minute, Nyasha Tarusenga scored the FNB Ikey Tigers’ first and only try of the night as he crashed over the line before Anderson converted. The joy was short lived, as a defensive mistake saw Haznar extend FNB Maties’ lead once again with a five-point try.
FNB Maties showed no signs of slowing down, scoring three tries in the last nine minutes of the game. Duncan Saal completed the scoring in the last five minutes of the game. On the day, FNB Maties were clinical in attack and resolute in defence, putting up brick walls wherever the FNB Ikey Tigers tried to run through. The match ended 47-16 to FNB Maties.
FNB Player That Rocks: Johan Momsen (FNB Maties)
FNB UCT: 16
Tries: Nyasha Tarusenga
Cons: Rob Anderson
Drop goals: Rob Anderson
Pens: Lohan Lubbe, Rob Anderson
Cards: Rico Lategan (Yellow)
FNB Maties: 47
Tries: Duncan Saal (two five-pointers), Christopher Smith (two five-pointers), Craig Barry (seven-pointer), Mihcal Haznar (five-pointer), Stephan Streicher (five-pointer)
Cons: Christopher Smith (5).
The FNB Ikeys: 1 Wayrin Losper, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 4 Duncan Saffy, 5 Gary Porter, 6 Sanele Malwane (C), 7 Luke Stringer, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 10 Rob Anderson, 11 Joel Smith, 12 Rico Lategan, 13 Suwi Chibale, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 15 Lohan Lubbe.
Substitutions: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 20 Vernon Peterson, 21 Hilio De Abreu, 22 Tristan Mouton, 23 Gerard Pieterse.
The FNB Maties: 1 Niel Oelofse, 2 Craig Corbett, 3 Jacobus van der Merwe, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Johan Momsen, 6 Saud Abrahams, 7 Jacobus van Dyk, 8 Devon Nash, 9 Brendon Nell, 10 Christopher Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 12 Chris Smit, 13 Michal Haznar, 14 Duncan Saal, 15 Craig Barry
Replacements: 16 Johan Kirsten, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Mitchell Carstens, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Albertus de Wet, 22 Douglas Steyn, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.
By Wessley Thring