On a slightly windy night in Cape Town, it was the stars of FNB UWC who shone the brightest. The home side showed no mercy in the demolition of visitors FNB Rhodes in a packed stadium full of energy.
As early as the first minute FNB UWC crossed over the line through scrumhalf Herschelle Jantjies who dotted under the post and saw his try converted by Keagan Fortuin to lead 8-0. Only nine minutes later the home side were on the scoresheet again as Roderick Moses scored another Fortuin-converted try to extend the hosts’ lead to 16-0 after just ten minutes.
FNB Rhodes were constantly on the back foot and just could not settle down as the windy conditions seemed to be a factor they could not handle. The home time capitalised on the visitors’ inability to settle and scored yet another try to rub more salt to their opponents’ wounds, this time through captain of the day Brandon Valentyn to give the hosts a 24-0 lead at the time of the strategic break (20 minutes into the game).
In the early stages of the game, FNB UWC were dominating set plays and it paid off when a powerful scrum saw the Cape side cross over as Adrian Paarwater dotted the ball from the back of the scrum. Fortuin had his scoring boots today as he converted yet another try to give the hosts a 32-0 lead after just 23 minutes.
The onslaught was far from over as the diminutive Herschel Jantjies crossed over for his second try which was successfully converted to take the tally to 40-0 after 29 minutes. The tries were coming from all over the field and winger Andre Manuel got his name on the scorers list with a try of his own at the far corner and the man of the moment Keagan Fortuin stepped up and converted from a tight angle to extend their lead to 48-0.
On the stroke of half time FNB Rhodes finally pulled one back through Devon Barnard and his try was converted by Ryan Horne as we went into the break with the score at 48-8 to FNB UWC.
THE 45th minute substitution that saw in-form winger Kurt-Lee Arendse come on for Jacquin Moses proved a successful as the new man wasted no time and scored his try after 46 minutes. Another second half substitute Shaine Orderson got his second try of the tournament, first of the match in the 61st minute and Fortuin made no mistake yet again.
The visitors could not contain the home team who looked like scoring every time they went on attack and they did just that through Kurt-Lee Arendse to take the tally to 72-8.
With the home crowd smelling defeat and giving the boys an electric atmosphere, Andre Manuel crossed over for his second try of the evening on the buzzer, and Fortuin converted to propel FNB UWC to an emphatic 80-0 lead. With 80 minutes up on the clock, the home team were hungry for me and were rewarded yet again after Kurt-Lee Arendse broke away yet again to get his hat-trick, much to the delight of the home fans.
It was only fitting that the boot of Keagan Fortuin completed the rout and he did just that, converting yet another try to maintain his 100% conversion rate on the night.
FNB player that Rocks: Herschel Jantjies (FNB UWC)
FNB UWC: 88
Tries : Herschel Jantjies (2) , Andre Manuel (2), Brandon Valentyn, Shaine Orderson, Adrian Paarwater, Roderick Moses, Kurt-Lee Arendse (3)
Conversions : Keagan Fortuin (11)
FNB Rhodes: 8
Try: Devon Barnard
Conversion: Ryan Horne
FNB UWC: 1 Nathan Cloete, 2 Ralph Jansen, 3 Justin Theys, 4 Brandon Valentyn, 5 Abraham Mostert, 6 Alwyn Carstens, 7 Matthew Le Roux, 8 Adrian Paarwater, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 10 Keagan Fortuin, 11 Andre Manuel, 12 Hendrick Carstens, 13 Roderick Moses, 14 Jacquin Moses, 15 Daniel Bock
Replacements: 16 Ismaeel Schroeder, 17 Bradley Jumaats, 18 Halalisani Buthelezi, 19 Curtley Thomas, 20 Shaine Orderson, 21 Clayton Daniels, 22 Gordon-Wayne Plaatjies, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse
FNB RHODES: 1 Mwambu Njolomba, 2 Chulu Jack, 3 Jethro Anderson, 4 Jesse Rich, 5 Joshua Parsons, 6 Leandre Vos, 7 Owethu Mkolo, 8 Devon Barnard, 9 Dylan McCann, 10 Daniel Caylon, 11 Nic Butler, 12 Ryan Horne, Okuhle Fumba, 14 Cian Waugh, 15 Keagan Deperfell
Replacements: 16 Uza Nyanda, 17 Chris Whiting, 18 Joe Mkosana, 19 Tristan Cooke, Lukhanyo Tshongweni, 21 Yalusa Nodada, 22 David Nel
By Thulani Mkosi