The FNB TUT Vikings almost tamed log-leaders Walter Sisulu University (WSU), losing 17-13 to the Eastern Cape-based outfit. This highly-contested encounter was held the TUT main stadium on 20 February.
The home side had a rather slow start into the match, making it easy for the All Blacks as the visitors are also known, to dominate the match. FNB WSU’s Xolani Mbombo took advantage and registered their first try two minutes into the game, and Zizipho Kayi scored the conversion making 8-0.
Despite enormous attempts from the host side to take control of the match, FNB WSU remained stubborn using their big muscles to shut the back door.
The game went to the first strategic break with the visitors leading the Mighty Vikings 8-0. Twenty five minutes into the first half, the Pretoria based FNB TUT Vikings received their first booking through a yellow card on FNB TUT’s Stanley Modjadji
With thirty seconds left till half time the visitors added two points more through a penalty, by FNB WSU’s Zizipho Kayi, making it 10-0
Two seconds before halftime, the Vikings’ Arno Brits scored a try but Bongani Zwane failed to convert.
A minute into the second half, the visitors Ntando Mfengu opened with a try making it 15-5. Eight minutes later Zizipho Nkayi scored another penalty extending the All Blacks lead to 17-5. Three minutes later the home side’s Tshepo Nyathi spoiled the party, with a try and team’s flyhalf Litha Vumisa converted it, reducing the gap between the two sides making it 17-13.
With twenty minutes left till full time the home remained determinedly in seeking a lead in the match. With a minute and 50 seconds left till fulltime, the Vikings got an attempt at a try, but the All Blacks’ defence was too strong for them, ending the match at 17-13.
In a post-match interview, Marius Scholtz the team’s coach said, his side could have won it, they just lacked belief and is something they will work on in their preparations
FNB Player that Rocks: Athenkosi Khethani (FNB WSU)
FNB TUT: 13
Tries: Arno Brits, Tshepo Nyathi
Cons: Litha Vumisa (1)
FNB WSU: 17
Tries: Xolani Mbombo, Luvo Matiwane
Pens: Zizipho Kayi (2)
Cons: Zizipho Kayi (1)
FNB TUT starting XV: 15 Bongani Zwane, 14 Tshepo Nyathi, 13 Mpumelelo Solomons, 12 Viagian Groenewald 11 Arno Brits, 10 Litha Vumisa, 9 Bongani Phangisa, 8 Francios de Villiers, 7 Mpho Kganakga, 6 Mandla Mdaka, 5 William Thomson, 4 Claude Johannes, 3 Reginald Standers, 2 Stanley Modjadji, 1 Jacob Nelson
Replacements: 16 Dalton Dreyer, 17 Shadown Ndlala, 18 Mulauba Mukendi, 19 Lungelo Xulu, 20 Charl Lombard, 21 Jan Van der Merwe, 22 Mfundo Gumede, 23 Bongani Mtshali
FNB WSU starting XV: 1 Sinesipho Phuzi, 2 Siyamthanda Sineko, 3 Sandile Buthelezi, 4 Luyolo Fata, 5 Xolani Mbombo, 6 Mihlali (C) Qoma, 7 Lubabalo Lento, 8 Chumani Mjacu, 9 Minenhle Ngidi, 10 Lituka Sinegugu , 11 Ntando Mfengu, 12 Kwezi Zinto, 13 Ludwe Jack, 14 Luvo Matiwane, 15 Zizipho Kayi
Replacements: 16Masixole Gubeni, 17 Phuzukuvela Sithole 18 Xololwethu Jantjies, 19 Siphosihle Magawu, 20 Mkhuseli Kalawe, 21 Lusanda Xakwana, 22 Athenkosi Ndzenene, 23 Khanyiso Roloma
By Mokete Radebe