The FNB TUT Vikings look to be firmly back on track, following their striking 21-16 win over a spirited University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (FNB UKZN) side at the TUT main stadium last night.
The result leaves the Pretoria-based outfit with two wins from five encounters in this year’s competition, after they lost three times in a row.
The FNB Vikings started the match in a low gear before the visitors’ Branwin Julius scored a try that was converted by fly-half Ruan Kotze, five minutes into the match making it 0-8.
Nineteen minutes into the game FNB TUT’s Tshepo Nyathi scored a try but flyhalf Shawn Jaards missed the conversion, failing to equalise for the hosts.
The FNB TUT Vikings dominated the first half in attack, but failed with their final touch. Four minutes before half time the FNB Vikings left flank, Mulauba Mukendi scored a try, leaving it for Shawn Jaards to convert giving the hosts a lead for the first time in the match at 13-8.
The teams went into half time with the FNB Vikings leading 13-8. Two minutes into the second half, the visitors were awarded a penalty try, making it 13-16. FNB TUT’s Viagian Groenewald spoiled the party and scored a try as Shawn Jaards converted, handing the FNB Vikings a second lead in the game with the score 21-16.
The home side took complete control of the match, making it a one-sided encounter. Six minutes to full-time, the Pretoria-based FNB Vikings still maintained their lead in the match, dominating from left to right keeping the Tshwane crowd roaring
FNB Player that Rocks, Mualaba Mukendi, said they needed the win, and that playing at home gave them an edge against their rivals. Asked about his performance he said, all the credit goes to his coach who pushed him, despite being out of form in the previous matches.
“When the coach showed confidence in me by selecting me for the starting line-up, my confidence returned,” he added.
Mualaba said, they are now looking forward to the big one against Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Marius Scholtz, the FNB Vikings coach said that he is happy that his side kept on fighting. “It should have been more, but we have to celebrate the win, because it was always about winning,” he said. FNB TUT are now charging for the big one at Cape Town and they are going there expecting nothing less than a win.
FNB Player that Rocks: Mualaba Mukendi (FNB TUT)
FNB TUT: 21
Tries: Tshepo Nyathi, Viagian Groenewald, Mulauba Mukendi
Cons: Shawn Jaards (2)
FNB UKZN: 16
Tries: Wandile Shabangu, Penalty try
Cons: Ruan Kotze (2)
FNB TUT starting XV: 15 Viagian Groenewald, 14 Tshepo Nyathi, 13 Chestwin Gaffley, 12 Litha Vumisa 11 Arno Brits, 10 Shawn Jaards, 9 Jan Van der Merwe, 8 Claude Johannes, 7 Mpho Kganakga, 6 Mualaba Mukendi, 5 William Thomson, 4 Anre O Neil, 3 Reginald Standers, 2 Dalton Dreyer, 1 Shadow Ndlala
Replacements: 16 Lungelo Xulu, 17 JJ Nelson, 18 Mandla Mdaka, 19 Francios de Villiers, 20 Gerrit Meiring, 21 Mpumelelo Solomons, 22 Bongani Phangisa, 23 Bongani Zwane
FNB UKZN Starting XV: 15 Thobekani Buthelezi, 14 Wandile Shabangu, 13 Michael Sibiya, 12 Paki Mosiea 11 Brandwin Julius, 10 Ruan Kotze, 9 Sibonakaliso Dubazane, 8 Sikhulile Sokhela, 7 Kwezi Puza, 6 Nduduzo Sithole, 5 Mpumalanga Monareng, 4 Sphephelo Mabuza, 3 Ntandoyenkosi Mpofana, 2 Matthew Mandioma, 1 Lindokuhle Radebe,
Replacements: 16 Rameon Daniels, 17 Melusi Mthabela, 18Clive Musasiwa 19Donovan Magu, 20 Nduduzo Sithole, 21 Langelihle Shange, 22 Lungelo Dlamini, 23 Mongezi Masoek
By Mokete Radebe