Captain, Jeandré Rudolph, took the lead to secure a bonus-point victory in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International, as they clinched the match 37-7 over the FNB NMMU-Madibaz.
In the third minute of the clash, it was the boot of Schalk Hugo who opened the score for the home team to put them in a favourable position in which he successfully converted the penalty for offside, to put the FNB NWU-Pukke up 3-0 against the FNB NMMU Madibaz.
A short lineout created another opportunity for the home side as the man of the last match, Wilmar Arnoldi, flew over the try line for his fourth Varsity Cup try, to put five points on the board. Hugo successfully converted the try to kept the scoreboard ticking at 10-0.
A few moments later it was Elden Schoeman who bagged the second try for the FNB NWU-Pukke to extend their lead to 17-0.
Seven minutes before half time the FNB NMMU-Madibaz kicked for the corner but the discipline lacked as Xander Vos was yellow-carded as the FNB NWU-Pukke head into the tunnel leading 17-0.
FNB Madibaz struggled in the first half, lacking execution and giving away several penalties as the FNB NWU-Pukke dominated the collision areas.
Five minutes into the second half, it was Hugo with a penalty opportunity as his kicking boot was on point before the home crowd. He had a good strike to extend the lead as they are on 20-0 for the FNB NWU-Pukke.
Jimmy Mpailane received a yellow card in the 53rd minute in the match as he was punished for a high tackle. Vos took responsibility for his lack of discipline as he came back with determination, to put FNB NMMU_Madibaz on the scoreboard for the first time, as Simon Bolze added another two points to put them 20-7 down against the defending champions.
With less than twenty minutes to go Hugo converted, another successful penalty before his home crowd, to extend the lead for the well-disciplined side the FNB NWU-Pukke as they were on 23-7.
Captain Jeandré Rudolph joined the party behind the try line, as he went over for two quick tries in the 70th minute of the game. Rudolph’s second try, which was also the bonus try of the match, managed to get seven points to make it two wins fro
The FNB NWU-Pukke claimed a victory of 37-7 over the FNB NNMU Madibaz.
FNB Player that Rocks: Boela Venter (FNB NWU-Pukke).
FNB NWU-Pukke: 37
Tries: Arnoldi, Schoeman, Rudolph (2)
Conversions: Hugo (4)
Penalties: Hugo (3)
FNB NMMU Madibaz: 7
Tries: Xander Vos
Conversions: Simon Nord Bolze (1)
Yellow Cards: Xander Vos (FNB NMMU Madibaz), Jimmy Mpailane (FNB NWU-Pukke)
FNB NWU-Pukke starting XV: 1. Dolf van Deventer, 2. Wilmar Arnoldi, 3. Dewald Dekker,4. Walt Steenkamp, 5. Loftus Morrison, 6. Wandile Mazibuko, 7. Boela Venter, 8. Jeandré Rudolph, 9. Chriswill September, 10. Schalk Hugo, 11. Tapiwe Mafura, 12. Henko Marais, 13. Elden Schoeman, 14. Jimmy Mpailane, 15. Lungelo Gosa.
Substitutions: 16. Louis van der Westhuizen, 17. Nico van Tonder, 18. Morné Strydom, 19. Marcel Henn, 20 Caleb Louw, 21. AK Nela, 22. Justin Newman.
FNB NMMU-Madibaz starting XV: 1. Xander Vos, 2. Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 3. Nicolas Neil Roebeck, 4. Wynand (Grassi) Grassmann, 5. Gerrit Huisamen, 6. Stephanus Francois Niewuodt, 7. Henry Brandon Brown, 8. Kevin Aneh Kaba, 9. Lovu Tevin Claassen, 10. Simon Nord Bolze, 11. Athenkosi Mayinje, 12. Somila Jho, 13. Thomas Michael Kean, 14. Khanya Malotana, 15. Lindelwe Siyanda Zungu.
Substitutions: 16. Jedwyn Brett Harty, 17. Tembelihle Yase, 18. Janse Roux, 19. Jayson Chris Reinecke, 20. Rouche Nel, 21 Jordan Koekemoer, 22. Luan Nieuwoudt, 23. Nicolaas Jacobus Oosthuizen.
By Raynique Meyer