FNB Wits hosted the FNB Madibaz in a mouthwatering clash in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International. The match was one played at a very high intensity, which saw the exciting young FNB Wits backline thrive when attacking. The game ended with the men from Johannesburg emerging 30-20 victors.
The game got underway with FNB Wits dotting down very early through flanker Constant Beckerling, who managed to barge over after a series of attacks, flyhalf Gianni Lombard unfortunately then sent his conversion attempt wide. The visitors then soon hit back with points of their own, when their flyhalf Thomas Kean sent a penalty from over 50m, soaring between the sticks to bring the score to 5-3.
Straight after the first strategy break, the FNB Madibaz scored when winger Jixie Malapo dashed past a few defenders for a seven-point try. The game was then very tight with both teams going at each other but it was the FNB Witsies that were the next to score, through lock Rhyno Herbst. With score now at 10-10, pressure shifted back to the home side and the FNB Madibaz crossed over after camping in the FNB Wits 22m area. The try was scored by Henry Brown and converted again by Kean. With halftime soon approaching, all pressure was on FNB Wits, which they eventually managed to turn into a try that saw both teams go into the break deadlocked at 17-17.
The second half was tamer than the first, with FNB Madibaz only managing three points from the boot of flyhalf Thomas Kean. The home side also saw a further 13 points added to their score, thanks to the boot of substitute flyhalf and captain Warren Gilbert, who had just returned from injury. The game ended with FNB Wits making it another win on the trot ahead of a very important game against fierce Johannesburg rivals FNB UJ at the UJ rugby Stadium next Monday.
FNB Player That Rocks: CJ Greef (FNB Wits)
FNB Wits: 30
Tries: Constant Beckerling, Rhyno Herbst, Jethro De Lange, CJ Greef
Cons: Gianni Lombard, Warren Gilbert
Pens: Warren Gilbert (2)
FNB Madibaz: 20
Tries: Jixie Molapo (seven-point), Henry Brown
Cons: Thomas Kean
Pens: Thomas Kean, Henry Brown
FNB Madibas starting XV: 15. Lindelwu Zungu, 14. Athenkozi Mayinje, 13. Ivan-John Du Preez, 12. Andile Jho, 11. Jixie Molapo, 10. Thomas Kean, 9. Luvo Classen, 8. Kevin Kaba (C), 7. Wynand Grassmann, 6. Henry Brown, 5. Gerrit Huisamen, 4. Reyno Du toit, 3. Nicolas Oosthuizen, 2. Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 1. Xandre Vos.
Subs: 16. Jedwyn Harty, 17. Thembelihle Yase, 18. Nicolas Roebeck, 19. Hayden Tharret, 20. Justin Hollis, 21. Davron Austin Cameron, 22. Simon Bolze, 23. Siphumele Msutwana
FNB Wits starting XV: 15. Lux Ntsepe, 14.Kwanele Ngema 13. Wandisile Simelane , 12. Brandan Hewitt, 11. Joshua Jarvis, 10. Gianni Lombard, 9. Ruan Cloete, 8. Jethro De Lange, 7. Conor Brockschmidt, 6. Constant Beckerling, 5. Graham Logan, 4. Rhyno Herbst, 3. Luvuyo Pupuma, 2. CJ Conradie, 1. Ameer Williams
Subs: 16. Justin Brandon, 17. Brandon Palmer, 18. Pascal Snyman, 19. Ruan Macdonald , 20. Tyrone Green, 21. Warren Gilbert, 22. Manuel Rass, 23. CJ Greef
By Sifiso Nyawo