The FNB Tuks got their first victory in five years over the FNB NWU-Pukke as they surged to a 43-28 victory in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International’s round nine.
Dewald Naude went over for what he thought was his first try, but the TMO disagreed.
In the 11th minute it was Andre Warner, from the FNB Tuks who opened the scoreboard for the visitors as he went over the tryline for a seven-point try to give his team a 9-0 lead.
With a solid drive from a line-out five meters from the FNB NWU-Pukke’s try line Elden Schoeman crashed over to narrow the lead to 9-7 in the favour of the FNB Tuks.
FNB Tuks’ Clyde Davids went over in the corner for a try in the 21st minute to extend the lead to 18-7. Tinus De Beer successfully converted his second kick of the match.
With eight minutes remaining before half time Dewald Naude finally got his first try to keep the scoreboard ticking to 25-7 for the men in blue.
After half time the FNB NWU-Pukke’s Walt Steenkamp went through a gap to secure a try for the home side underneath the poles. Schalk Hugo converted successfully to leave them on 25-14.
In the 47th minute the FNB NWU-Pukke were punished as FNB Tuks’ De Beer converted a penalty kick successfully to put them on 28-14.
It was the teamwork of the FNB NWU-Pukke’s Wilmar Arnoldi and Schalk Hugo who managed to narrow the gap to 28-21 as Arnoldi went over the try line and Hugo converted the kick.
The show belonged to Warner from FNB Tuks as he drove over the line from a scrum to secure his second try of the match to leave his team on 35-21.
After a long decision by the TMO it was Loftus Morrison for FNB NWU-Pukke who scored the bonus-point try in the 70th minute to narrow the deficit to 35-28. Hugo once again converted.
De Beer stretched his team’s lead once again with a penalty kick for his FNB Tuks to lead 38-28.
In the final movement of the match Sibahle Maxwane from the FNB Tuks crossed the whitewash and rubbed salt in the wounds of the FNB NWU-Pukke as the visitors claimed 43-28 victory.
FNB Player that Rocks: Andre Warner (Tuks)
FNB Tuks: 43
Tries: Andre Warner (seven-pointer; five-pointer), Clyde Davids (seven-pointer), Dewald Naude (five-pointer), Sibahle Maxwane (five-pointer)
Conversions: Tinus De Beer (3), Joshua Stander
Penalties: Tinus De Beer, Joshua Stander
FNB NWU-Pukke: 28
Tries: Jimmy Mpailane (five-pointer), Walt Steenkamp (five-pointer), Wilmar Arnoldi (five-pointer), Loftus Morrison (five-pointer)
Conversions: Schalk Hugo (4)
FNB NWU-Pukke: 15. Tapiwe Mafura, 14. Jimmy Mpailane, 13 Elden Schoeman , Henko Marais, Lungelo Gosa, Schalk Hugo, Chriswill September, Marno Redelinghuys, Boela Venter, Marcel Henn, Walt Steenkamp, Loftus Morrison, Morné Strydom, Wilmar Arnoldi, Matimu Manganyi,
Reserves: Dane Van der Westhuizen, Nico van Tonder, Dewald Dekker, Ruan Venter, Gideon Van der Merwe, Caleb Louw, Nkululeko Mcuma, Justin Newman
FNB TUKS: 15. Divan Rossouw, 14. Dewald Naude, 13. Toko Maebane, 12. Impi Visser, 11. Sibahle Maxwane, 10. Tinus De Beer, 9. Andre Warner, 8. Clyde Davids 7. Chris Massyn, 6. Marco Van Staden, 5. Aston Fortuin, 4. Bryan Leitch, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Els Corniel, 1. Andre Beerwinkel
Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Jaco Holtzhausen, Marius Verwey, Eduan Lubbe, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok, Joshua Stander, Franco van den Berg
By Raynique Meyer