NWU Pukke celebrating during the Varsity Cup match between FNB CUT v FNB NWU Pukke held at CUT Stadium in Bloemfontein on March 13, 2017 ©Frikkie Kapp /SASPA

FNB Pukke edge FNB CUT 43-38

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FNB Pukke scored a deserved victory of 43-38 over FNB CUT in Bloemfontein this evening, after they led 31-10 at half time.

FNB Pukke ran in seven tries to five but the FNB Ixias fought back valiantly in the second half. FNB Pukke hooker Wilmar Arnoldi was awarded the FNB Player that Rocks award.

After last week’s performance, FNB CUT Ixias gained a lot of confidence, especially after their second half fight back. In the second half FNB CUT staged a fightback not seen recently by the Blue Brigade. Early in the second half the FNB Ixia fightback began with a great seven-point try by prop Kabous van Schalkwyk – the first of two tries by this mobile forward.

This ignited the log-trailing home side to score and run the ball with more passion at the defending Varsity Cup champs, scoring another three tries in the half. This included another seven-pointer by big lock, Kian Skippers.

FNB Ixias were rewarded for their superb play in the second half, scoring 28 points to 12.

For the home side Mosego Toolo, Van Schalkwyk, Ruan Wasserman and Ruben Heymans again performed superbly. Dean Rossouw’s warriors can certainly look forward at a much better end to their season, than their recent performances.

FNB Player That Rocks: Wilmar Arnoldi (FNB Pukke)

FNB Pukke: 43
Tries: Elden Schoeman, Wilmar Arnoldi, Jimmy Mpailane, Jeandre Rudolph, Boela Venter, Tapiwe Mafura and Dean Stokes.
Cons: Julian Delicado (4)
Yellow card: Jimmy Mpailane

FNB Ixias: 38
Tries: Kabous Van Schalckwyk (2), Ruben Heymans, Ruan Wasserman and Kian Skippers
Cons: Martin Jacobs (2)
Pens: Martin Jacobs

FNB CUT: 15. Ruan Wasserman, 14. Toolo Mosego, 13. Gert Cronje, 12. Johan Nel (c), 11. Olwethu Ndakisa, 10. Martin Jacobs, 9. Ruben Heymans, 8. Dean Rossouw, 7. Vincent Maruping, 6. Dian Dry, 5. Brendan Verster, 4. Kian Skippers, 3. Chrisjan du Toit, 2. Henco Smit, 1. Kabous van Schalkwyk.
Replacements: 16. Stefan Jacobs, 17. Kyle Ess, 18.Francois du Toit, 19. Andre Venter, 20.Sylvester Makakole, 21. Dean Jacobs, 22. Waldo Putter, 23. Koketso Moganeng

FNB NWU-Pukke starting XV: 1 Matimu Reckson Manganyi, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 3 Morné Strydom, 4 Jaco Swanepoel, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 6 Boela Venter, 7 Marno Redelinghuys, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 9 Chriswill September, 10 Julian Delicado, 11 Lungelo Gosa, 12 Jaap Pienaar, 13 Elden Schoeman, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 15 Tapiwe Mafura
Reserves: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Nico van Tonder, 18 Dewald Dekker, 19 Ruan Venter, 20 Wandi Mazibuko, 21 Caleb Louw, 22 Nkululeko Ncuma, 23 Dean Stokes

By Carel Korff

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