Hosting their first match in the competition, FNB WSU dispatched of FNB UKZN 42-21 at the BCM Stadium on Monday night.
Not so long ago to the FNB WSU All Blacks it seemed only a dream to qualify for the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International, but judging by their performances in their last two games, their drive and desire will take them far this season.
In the first seven minutes FNB UKZN stopped the hearts of FNB WSU for a moment, as they scored their first try, by lock Sphephelo Mabuza. It was followed by a conversion compliments of Taigh Schoor, which placed FNB UKZN in the lead by eight points.
In the 11th minute Michael Sibiya scored a second try for FNB KZN which took their score to 13-0, but disappointingly they missed the conversion.
FNB WSU fans did not lose heart even though nothing was on the board for their FNB WSU boys. They fueled the players with songs that soon lifted the spirits of the hosts.
In the 23rd minute a penalty was granted to FNB WSU but they decided to take a scrum which resulted in a try being scored by Khanyiso Roloma. They missed the conversion which took them to five points leading into the strategic break.
An infringement by FNB UKZN scrumhalf Langa Shange led the referee to ward a yellow card. Ntando Mfengu made a good turn around for FNB WSU as he dived over the tryline for their second try, capitalising on FNB UKZN’s ill-discipline.
FNB WSU were dressing the cake with cherries as early as the 37th minute, as Luzuko Mafu added to FNB WSU’s score with a try on halftime. The score 18-13.
In the second half FNB WSU did not allow FNB UKZN room to play, and soon Ntando Mfengu snatched his second try in the 48th minute. Zizipho Kayi then converted the try which took FNB WSU to 26-13.
FNB UKZN were not willing to give up without a good fight, tightening up their defence, but that did little to help, because FNB WSU soon struck another blow, as Nkululeko Ndlovu scored a try in the 70th minute. FNB WSU were in the lead by 34-13. With sweat and blood visitor Michael Sibiya scored his second try for FNB UKZN and took the score to 34-21.
But FNB WSU sealed the deal with a knockout blow when Nkululeko Ndlovu scored and a conversion took the final score to 42-21 to FNB WSU.
FNB Player that Rocks: Luzuko Mafu (FNB WSU)
FNB WSU: 42
Tries: Khanyiso Roloma, Luzuko Mafu, Ntando Mfengu (2), Nkululeko Ndlovu (2)
Conversions: Zizipho Kayi (2), Nkululeko Ndlovu (2)
FNB UKZN: 21
Tries: Siphephelo Mabuza, Michael Sibiya (2)
Conversions: Taigh Schoor (2)
FNB WSU Starting XV: 15. Zizipho Kayi, 14. Khanyiso Roloma, 13. Sinegugu Lituka, 12. Luzuko Mafu, 11. Ntando Mfengu, 10. Nkululeko Ndlovu, 9. Minenhle Ngidi, 8. Chumani Mjacu, 7. Lubabalo Lento, 6. Mihlali Qoma(c), 5. Luyolo Fata, 4. Athenkosi Khethani, 3. Phumlani Blaauw, 2. Siyamthanda Sineko, 1. Thabo Ngcem
Replacements: 16. Maliviwe Simanga, 17. Babonelele Ciliwe, 18. Xolani Mbobo, 19. Siphosihle Magawu, 20. Henrico Koester, 21. Khwezi Zinto, 22. Athenkosi Ndzenene, 23. Sinesipho Puzi
FNB UKZN Starting XV: 15. Michael Sibiya, 14. Lungelo Dlamini, 13. Paki Mosiea, 12. Taigh Schoor, 11. Sibonakaliso Dubazane, 10. Ruaan Kotze, 9. Langa Shange, 8. Kwezi Puza, 7. Mpumalanga Monareng, 6. Nduduzo Sithole, 5. Laurence Visigie, 4. Siphephelo Mabuza, 3. Ntandowenkosi Mpofana (c), 2. Methew Mandioma, 1. Lindokuhle Radebe
Replacements: 16. Rameon Daniels, 17. Melusi Mthabela, 18. Lwando Nontshintshi, 19. Okuhle Mbewu, 20. Sikhulile Sokhela, 21. Wikus Badenhorst, 22. Thobekani Buthelezi, 23. Wandile Shabangu
By Tembela Enhle Mbatyoti