George Anderson of UCT gets the ball, 2017 Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff, FNB and STEERS. Monday, 13 February 2017
FNB SHIMLAS vs FNB UCT at Xerox Shimlas Park, Bloemfontein, Free State

Photo by: Van Zyl Naude

FNB Shimlas beaten in their own backyard

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FNB Shimlas lost against the visiting team, FNB UCT 22-7 in the third round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Bloemfontein on a soaked Xerox Shimla Park on Monday night.

The first half started at a drenched Xerox Shimla Park in Bloemfontein. FNB UCT dominated the first ten minutes of play where they had two opportunities to put points on the scoreboard but the fullback Lohan Lubbe missed both penalties. FNB Shimlas lock Ruben Schoeman was send off with a yellow card for offside play.

FNB UCT scored the first try of the match after 22 minutes of play, Hendrik Lategaan the inside centre crossed the goal line and scored a seven-pointer, the conversion was unsuccessful. The first half score was FNB UCT 7-0 FNB Shimlas. FNB UCT Ikeys enjoyed most of the territory in the first half and carried the ball, they used their opportunity when FNB Shimlas had only fourteen players on the field. FNB Shimlas had opportunities but couldn’t finish off due to handling errors.

The second half started with scrappy play by both teams caused by handling errors and bad tactical kicking. FNB UCT managed to keep the FNB Shimlas pinned back in their 22 and scored their second try in the 57th minute stretching the score to 12-0. FNB UCT hooker Cuan Hablutzel went over after a strong mall from pack forwards of FNB UCT, the conversion was once again unsuccessful.

FNB Shimlas answered with a five-point try after the FNB Shimlas winger Marco Mason went over, converting his own try to make the score 12-7 to FNB UCT with 18 minutes left in the game. FNB UCT fullback Lohan Lubbe answered with a penalty kick stretching the lead to 15-7. FNB UCT weren’t not done and after brilliant individual play from the FNB UCT winger Rayno Mapoe who crossed the tryline for a seven-pointer once again stretched the lead to 22-7 with eight minutes left in the match.

FNB UCT won the game with 22-7 scoring three tries, the two seven-pointers clinched the game for the FNB UCT team. FNB UCT were the better team on the day and adapted better to the wet conditions at Xerox Shimla Park.

FNB Player that Rocks: Joel Smith (FNB UCT)

FNB Shimlas: 7
Tries: Marco Mason (five-point try)
Cons: Marco Mason

Tries: Henrik Lategaan (seven-point try), Cuan Hablutzel, Rayno Mapoe (seven-pointer)
Pens: Lohan Lubbe

Yellow card: Ruben Schoeman

FNB Shimlas Starting XV: 15 Sechaba Motsoela, 14 Carel Wynand Coetzee, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Stephen  Janse Van Rensburg (C), 11 Marco Mason,  10 Nicholas Naude , 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Bernardus Erasmus, 7 Musa Mahlasela ,6 Daniel Maartens,5  Neil Claasen, 4 Ruben Schoeman ,3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Francois Steyn , 1 Thabiso Msiza
Substitutes: 16 Anrich Alberts, 17 Johan Kotze,18 Kwenzokuhle Blose ,19 Raymond Woest, 20 Phumzile Maqondwana, 21 Armand Pretorius , 22 Sango Xamlashe ,23 Niel Stannard

FNB UCT Starting XV: 1 Wayrin Losper, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 4 Nama Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 6 Jason Klaasen (C), 7 Luke Stringer, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 10 Rob Anderson , 11 Joel Smith, 12 Rico Lategan, 13 Tristan Mouton, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 15 Lohan Lubbe.
Substitutions: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Sanele Malwane, 20 Alva Senderayi 21 Michael Henning, 22 Matthew Redman, 23 Hilio De Abreu.

By Xander Snyders

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