FNB UJ Young Guns got their first win of the season in the 2015 FNB Varsity Young Guns tournament when they beat CUT Young Guns 58-37 at the CUT Stadium in Bloemfontein on Monday.
The result means that the CUT Young Guns have ended their season without a win, while UJ Young Guns have one more game left against the FNB Junior Maties in Round Six.
The home team got off to a flying start when scrumhalf Diederick Oberholzer scored a try in the first five minutes. However, their lead was short-lived when lock Estian Enslin replied with a try for UJ Young Guns, which was converted by flyhalf Kobus Engelbrecht to give them a three-point lead at the first strategy break.
The away team then went further ahead on the half hour mark when No.8 Jo-Hanco de Villiers got his team’s second try before captain and outside centre Godfrey Ramaboea added another to make it 21-5.
The CUT Young Guns were not simply going to lie down and they hit back soon after when Oberholzer got his second to reduce the deficit to within a converted try and just before the half-time break it was all level at 21-21 when No. 8 Lohan Potgieter got the home team’s third try.
After the break it was CUT Young Guns who drew first blood when Oberholzer completed his hat-trick and his team’s fourth to give them a huge psychological advantage going into the last half hour with a slender eight point lead.
The Joburg team then reduced the margin to just three after wing Calvin Hansell bagged his team’s fourth and bonus-point try, which was not converted.
The UJ Young Guns then took the lead just before the second strategy break when openside flanker Thapelo Rapelwana got in for the try with the score at 34-29 in favour of the Joburg team with 20 minutes to go.
The game was then taken away from the CUT youngsters when UJ’s blindside flank Frederik Bezuidenhout scored another before Ramaboea got his second to give his team a 21-point buffer with under ten minutes to play.
CUT added another try before De Villiers got is second for the UJ youngsters to round off a convincing win for the away team.
For FNB CUT Young Guns:
Tries: Oberholzer 3, Potgieter, Stone
Cons: Wasserman 4
For FNB UJ Young Guns:
Tries: Enslin, De Villiers 2 ,Ramaboea 2, Hansell, Rapelwana, Bezuidenhout
Cons: Engelbrecht 6
FNB CUT Young Guns: 15 Danneel Stone, 14 Tsobi Madonsela, 13 Rohan de Clerk, 12 Ruan Wasserman, 11 Thiardt Ingram, 10 Tokkie van Zyl, 9 Diederick Oberholzer, 8 Lohan Potgieter, 7 Isiah Bila, 6 Alessandro Trelawney, 5 Morne Griessel, 4 Johann Strydom, 3 Kyle Ess, 2 Stefan Jacobs (captain), 1 Hennie du Plessis.
Replacements: 16 Chompie Moloi, 17 AJ Page, 18 Sylvester Makakole, 19 JB La Cock, 20 Juan-Pierre le Roux, 21 Danie Muller, 22 Wayne van Heerden, 23 Thabo Chirwa.
FNB UJ Young Guns: 15 Lazlo Rabatin, 14 George Raftopoulus, 13 Godfrey Ramaboea (captain), 12 Hanno Van Tonder, 11 Calvin Hansell, 10 Kobus Engelbrecht, 9 Christoff Buys, 8 Jo-Hanco de Villiers, 7 Frederik Bezuidenhout, 6 Thapelo Rapelwana, 5 Estian Enslin, 4 Wayne Pearson, 3 Kyle Kruger, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Siya Nzuzo.
Replacements: 16 Chistopher Roelofse, 17 Roelof Diedericks, 18 McMillan Muller, 19 Shaun Hulley, 20 Blessing Motaung, 21 Forrest Ross, 22 Vincent Dlamini, 23 Sheldon De Robillard.