We have a complete fixture list for the FNB Young Guns Competition with some massive fixtures on the cards for Monday.
The first game to concentrate on will be the fixture in Pretoria where FNB UP-Tuks take on the newbies FNB Wits in what could turn out to be a fairly one-sided affair. The UP-Tuks side is laden with talent and it seems that the Wits side will not be able to contain them for very long. UP-Tuks did start the tournament quite slowly and ground out a 18-16 victory over the FNB UFS-Shimlas Young Guns in their opening fixture whereas the Wits side went down valiantly 60-8 against the FNB NWU-Pukke Young Guns. It is going to be a massive ask for the Wits side as the UP-Tuks juggernaut looks to gather some vital momentum.
The next game sees the FNB NMMU Young Guns hosting the FNB UJ Young Guns in Port Elizabeth. The NMMU side went down 34-24 to FNB Maties Young Guns last week in a game that was a lot tighter than the score suggests. The game was touch and go right up until the last couple of minutes and that result will encourage the Madibaz. There is nothing on this UJ side as they are making their first appearance in the competition for this year so it will be interesting to see whether they are going to hit the ground running or they are going to battle against a side that has 80 minutes under their belts.
The third fixture of the day sees the FNB UFS-Shimlas Young Guns hosting the FNB NWU-Pukke Young Guns in Bloemfontein. The UFS-Shimlas side could not pull off what would have been a famous victory when they went down 18-16 against the defending champions UP-Tuks in the first round of the tournament but they will take a lot of heart from this result into their game against the side from Potchefstroom. NWU-Pukke on the otherhand recorded a resounding 60-8 demolishion of Wits last week. It will be interesting to see whether UFS-Shimlas will find the week off a burden or a blessing.
The last fixture is arguably our biggest, the Cape derby between FNB UCT Young Guns and FNB Maties Young Guns in Cape Town. The home side managed a convincing win in their first fixture when they disposed of NMMU 44-15 in the first week of the competition. This is in comparision to the 34-24 win that Maties managed over the same opposition last week. If we look into these results one might tip the odds into the home sides favour but Maties are an incredibly competitive side and having played last week they might have the edge in terms of match fitness but in a derby it is anyones game.
FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns: 15 Jacques Rossouw, 14 Kefentse Mahlo, 13 Daniel Kriel, 12 Leighton van Wyk, 11 Jade Stighling/ Duncan Matthews, 10 Francois Tredoux, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Paul Janse van Rensburg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Jan Enslin, 1 Justin Forwood
Replacements: 16 Theuns Reynolds, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Nicolaas Immelman, 19 Clyde Davids, 20 Jerome Bastick, 21 Dalton Kennemayer, 22 Lood De Jager, 23 Corniel Els.
FNB Wits Young Guns: 15 Christopher Mills, 14 Joshua Jarvis, 13 Ryan Pinto, 12 Luca Zambetti, 11 Ish Nkolo, 10 Keegan Rylance, 9 Ettiene Wessels, 8 Cameron Shafto, 7 Peter Smit, 6 Richard Crossman, 5 Daniel Bophe, 4 Matthew Phillips, 3 Fabio Da Silva, 2 Rowan Kovel, 1 Daniel De Gouveia.
Replacements: 16 Shaun Dendiere, 17 Hikekani Mongwe, 18 Matt Stallwood, 19 Brendon Wessels, 20 Jarryd Fernandez, 21 Alastair Blair, 22 Kyle Mcgrill-Mcgrowan, 23 Lebogang Lekganyane.
Date: Monday, March 4
Venue: Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria
Referee: Nic Rocono
FNB NMMU Young Guns: 15 Gary Loest, 14 Khaya Malotana, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Jaco Bernardo, 11 Ayabulela Dlepu, 10 Mitchell Turner, 9 Wandile Mbambeni, 8 Marius le Roux, 7 Kevin Kaba, 6 Zane Marx, 5 Brendan Hector, 4 Ervine Slabbert, 3 Mzuvukile Sofisa, 2 Tyrone Rankin, 1 Yakha Qinela.
Replacements: 16 John-Henry Schmitt, 17 Similile Qinela, 18 Eben Delport, 19 Riaan Barkhuizen, 20 Sonwabo Majola, 21 Phelo Mfini, 22 Gregory Lutge, 23 Ruaan de Jager.
FNB UJ Young Guns: 15 Divan Nel, 14 Tshepo Mooki, 13 James Bester, 12 Franscois Grobler, 11 Leon Potgieter, 10 Jason Newton, 9 Kallie Erasmus, 8 Junius Deysel, 7 De Wt Meyer, 6 Ruan McDonald, 5 Jacques Fourie, 4 Siphelele Njobeni, 3 Brandon Palmer, 2 Jannes Synman, 1 Dylan Malgas.
Replacements: 16 Dillan Bakos, 17 Dustin Kobrowisky, 18 Tiaan Benadie, 19 Allistair Mcquire, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Sabelo Mahlangu, 22 Che-ree Stevens, 23 Heinrich Pretorius.
Date: Monday, March 4
Venue: NMMU Rugby Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Rodney Bonaparte
FNB UFS-Shimlas Young Guns: 15 Jannie Strumpher, 14 Tertius Kruger, 13 Francois Pretorius, 12 Johan Peens, 11 Vuyani Maqina, 10 Warren Potgieter, 9 Mtokozisi Mkhabela, 8 Henco Greyling, 7 Sihle Ngxabi, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Philip Du Preez, 4 Andre Venter, 3 Petrus Senekal, 2 Markus Odendaal, 1 Martin Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Hennie Theron, 18 Gilbert Chalmers, 19 Stefan Gouws, 20 Renaldo Meyer, 21 Charlton Koopman, 22 Kyle Leukes, 23 Henco van der Westhuizen.
FNB NWU-Pukke Young Guns: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Eswyn Heyns, 13 Jaap Pienaar, 12 Marnus Tack, 11 Ryno Wepener, 10 Kobus Du Plessis, 9 Pieter Smith, 8 Jaco Buys, 7 Dean Basson, 6 Loftus Morrison, 5 Emile Odendaal, 4 Alex Du Plooy, 3 Gawie Liebenberg, 2 Thomas Dreyer, 1 Reginald Standers.
Replacements: 16 Mark Reinecke, 17 Wynand Breytenbach, 18 Durren Filies, 19 Tiaan Liebenberg, 20 Chriswill September, 21 Schalk Hugo, 22 Eswyn Heyns, 23 Jandré Venter.
Date: Monday, March 4
Venue: Xerox Shimla Park, Bloemfontein
Referee: Pieter Janse van Vuuren
FNB UCT Young Guns: 15 Thomas Bednall, 14 Dean Stephen, 13 Brendan Rodgers, 12 Justin Scott, 11 Suwilanji Chibale, 10 Robert Anderson, 9 Daniel Anderson, 8 Darryl Njadila, 7 Tinotenda Zakeyo, 6 Sean Johnstone, 5 Jade Kriel, 4 Olwethu Hans, 3 David Maasch, 2 Michael Kennedy, 1 Msizi Zondi.
Replacements: 16 Robin Williams, 17 Samuel Theron, 18 Rushdie Salie, 19 Kumbirai Makanza, 20 Bradley Janse van Rensburg, 21 Storm Winter, 22 Zukile Ncube, 23 Martin Chandler.
FNB Maties Young Guns: 15 Wihan Lombard, 14 Lihleli Tini, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Wilhelm Visagie, 11 Boutros Mbina, 10 Kobus Putter, 9 Bjorn Bernardo, 8 Michael Murphy, 7 Eital Bredenkamp, 6 Jacobus de Kock, 5 Pieter De Wet, 4 Meyer Ferreira, 3 JE van der Merwe, 2 Cullen Collopy, 1 Neil Oelofse.
Replacements: 16 Craig Corbett, 17 Johnny Meyer, 18 Gerhard De Wet, 19 Sifiso Shabango, 20 Cameron Opperman, 21 Janco Gunter, 22 Beuton Nero, 23 GV Orlam.
Date: Monday, March 4
Venue: UCT Rugby Field, Cape Town
Referee: Jadezweni Cwengile