It was the FNB NWU-Pukke’s night, after their defeat against the FNB Maties last Monday, as they made a comeback in Round Four of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International against the FNB Ikeys with a win of 20-15.
The FNB NWU-Pukke opened the scoreboard in the third minute of the encounter against the FNB Ikeys as Elden Schoeman went over the tryline. Schalk Hugo successfully converted the try to leave the home team on 7-0.
It was the kicking boot of Hugo in rainy conditions who successfully converted a penalty for the FNB NWU-Pukke in the seventh minute to keep the score ticking as they were 10-0.
Another penalty from Hugo for the NWU-Pukke in the 16th minute put them 13-0 up.
The FNB Ikeys struggled in slippery conditions as they tried to gain momentum. But it was the boot of the FNB Ikeys’ Lohan Lubbe who managed to get the visitors on the board 13-3 as they headed into halftime.
As the FNB Ikeys entered the second half they were already on the back foot as the FNB NWU-Pukke secured the most field territory.
It was the yellow card given to the FNB NWU-Pukke’s, Justin Newman, that set the FNB Ikeys up for a penalty to narrow the lead to a score of 13-6.
A penalty advantage for the FNB NWU-Pukke leads to a try for Estehan Visagie as he went over the try line to put the home side on 20-6.
In the 81th minute of the encounter, it was Gary Porter from the FNB Ikeys who narrowed the lead to a final score of 20-15.
FNB Player that Rocks: Tapiwe Mafura (FNB NWU-Pukke)
FNB NWU-Pukke: 20
Tries: Elden Schoeman (five-pointer), Louis van der Westhuizen (five-pointer)
Conversions: Hugo (2)
Penalties: Hugo (2)
FNB Ikeys: (15)
Tries: Gary Porter (seven-pointer)
Conversions: Lohan Lubbe (1)
Penalties: Lohan Lubbe (2)
FNB NWU-Pukke Starting XV: 15 Tapiwe Mafura, 14 Jimmy Mpailane, 13 Elden Schoeman, 12 Jaap Pienaar, 11 Justin Newman, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Marno Redelinghuys©, 7 Boela Venter, 6 Marcel Henn, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Loftus Morrison, 3 Kabelo Motloung, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Dolf van Deventer.
Replacements: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Dewald Dekker, 18 Morné Strydom, 19 Estehan Visagie, 20, Wandile Mazibuko, 21 Caleb Louw, 22 Nkululeko Ncuma, 23 Lungelo Gosa.
FNB Ikeys starting XV: 15 Lohan Lubbe, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 13 Hendrik Lategan, 12 Tristan Mouton, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Robert Anderson, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Luke Stringer, 6 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 5Duncan Saffy, 4 Gary Porter, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Wayrin Losper.
Replacements: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Sanele Malwane, 21 Suwilanji Chibale, 22 Gerard Pieterse, 23 Hilio de Abreu.
By Raynique Meyer