The FNB Shimlas claimed a victory in superb conditions as they dominated the match to send the FNB NWU-Pukke back to Potchefstroom with a defeat of 35-23.
Jimmy Mpailane from the FNB NWU-Pukke scored the opening try of the match as he went for a seven-point try. Schalk Hugo converted the kick successfully to put the visitors on 9-0 over the FNB Shimlas.
In the 16th minute it was Nicolaas Immelman from the FNB Shimlas who got the home side on the board with a five-point try. FNB Pukke were still in the lead before strategy break with a score of 9-5.
FNB NWU-Pukke were punished for a high tackle and poor discipline as the referee awarded a penalty try for the FNB Shimlas with no kick required. The home team went into half-time with a score of 12-9.
As the second half started it was the FNB Shimlas who dominated the first few minutes with a magic try by Dian Badenhorst followed by the bonus-point try by Daniel Maartens. They put the men in blue on 28-9 in the 48th minute.
Wandile Mazibuko from the FNB NWU-Pukke tried to narrow the gap as he went over the line for five points. Julian Delicado, who came on in the second half, kicked over the conversion to put them on 28-16 before the strategy break.
The writing was on the wall as Benardus Erasmus scored a try in the 68th minute to add five points to FNB Shimlas’ score. Marco Mason converted his third kick of the evening successfully to leave them on 35-16.
Morné Strydom fought back hard to narrow down the gap as he went over for the FNB NWU-Pukke in the 83th minute to send them back to the change room on 35-23. The FNB Shimlas claimed a victory as the FNB NWU-Pukke faced their second defeat.
FNB Player that Rocks: Daniel Maartens (FNB Shimlas)
FNB NWU-Pukke: 23
Tries: Jimmy Mpailane (seven-point), Wandile Mazibuko (five-point), Morné Strydom
Cons: Schalk Hugo (1), Julian Delicado(2)
Yellow card: Louis van der Westhuizen, Chriswill September,
FNB Shimlas: 35
Tries: Nicolaas Immelman (five-point), Dian Badenhorst (five-point), Daniel Maartens (seven-point), Bernardus Erasmus (five-point), Penalty Try (seven-point)
Cons: Marco Mason (3)
Yellow card: Phumzile Maqondwana, Nicolaas Immelman
FNB NWU-Pukke: 15 Tapiwe Mafura, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 13 Elden Schoeman, 12 Jaap Pienaar, 11 Justin Newman, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Marno Redelinghuys (c), 7 Loftus Morrison, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Jaco Swanepoel, 3 Dewald Dekker, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Dolf van Deventer.
Replacements: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Morné Strydom, 18 Boela Venter, 19 Marcel Henn, 20 Caleb Louw, 21 Julian Delicado, 22 Nkululeko Mcuma, 23 Lungelo Gosa.
FNB Shimlas: 15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Vuyani Maqina, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Stephan Janse van Rensburg (c), 11 Marco Mason, 10 Niel Stannard, 9 Dian Badenhorst, 8 Bernardus Erasmus, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Raymond Woest, 4 Nicolaas Immelman, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Johan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Francois Steyn, 17 Kwenzokuhle Blose, 18 Thabiso Msiza, 19 Ruben Schoeman, 20 Musa Mahlasela, 21 Armand Pretorius, 22 Nicholas Naude, 23 Wilhandre Kotzenberg
By Raynique Meyer