Varsity CupWith the play-offs on the horizon, Round Six of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will have a major bearing on which teams make the knock-outs.

The penultimate round of the league phase of the competition has served up some intriguing clashes, and with seven of the eight sides still in the running for the semi-finals there will be no shortage of intensity on Monday night.

The only team without a chance of making the semi-finals is winless FNB Wits who face another major challenge as they travel to Potchefstroom to take on log-leaders FNB NWU-Pukke in the first match to be televised live on SuperSport 1.

NWU-Pukke are coming off consecutive away wins against FNB NMMU and defending champions FNB UP-Tuks, so they will be aiming for a bonus-point victory in front of their home crowd to extend their lead at the top of the standings.

Down in Cape Town the third-placed FNB Ikey Tigers will be looking for their first home win of the season when they look to tame both the fourth-placed FNB UFS-Shimlas and the notorious wind on the Green Mile.

The Ikeys are unbeaten on the road this season but have not had as much success at home, and they will be tested once again by a UFS-Shimlas team that held FNB Maties to a draw in a windy Stellenbosch last week.

Maties have been very erratic this year and find themselves down in sixth position, but well within striking distance of the top four, and they are up against a desperate UJ side who have just one win to show for their efforts this season.

Despite their troubles this year, UJ’s hopes of making the semi-finals are not over so expect them to have a full go in front of their home crowd with their campaign effectively on the line.

UP-Tuks will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season to NWU-Pukke last week when they host the NMMU Madibaz in Pretoria.

The Madibaz find themselves in fifth place after their tough win over Wits last week, and they face another difficult assignment against a UP-Tuks team determined to bounce back from a defeat at home.

In the Varsity Shield FNB Fort Hare will be looking to do a rare season double over two-time champions FNB CUT. The Eastern Cape side handed CUT their first defeat since 2012 earlier this season, so the Ixias will be out for revenge when they meet in Alice.

The bottom two sides in the competition – FNB TUT and FNB UWC – will be looking to make a late charge up the standings when they meet in Pretoria. Peter de Villiers’ UWC edged FNB UKZN last week, and they will be hoping to back that up against a TUT Vikings side that is low on confidence after three consecutive defeats.

Double Varsity Young Guns champions UP-Tuks will be out to extend their remarkable unbeaten record when they host NWU-Pukke in Pretoria. NWU-Pukke won their only previous game against Wits, but face the true test of their play-off credentials from the big UP-Tuks outfit.

Over in Johannesburg it will be a battle between two unbeaten teams when UJ host the Steinhoff Junior Maties in a match that is likely to decide who finishes top of their pool.

There are three matches to look forward to in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships as competition heats up ahead of the play-off stage of the season. On the Green Mile the Steinhoff Cobras will host Steinhoff Heimat from UFS in a curtain-raiser to the main Varsity Cup game.

In Pretoria both Steinhoff Onderstepoort and Steinhoff Oppidani will be looking for their first wins of the season, whilst Steinhoff Patria and Steinhoff Medies will face each other with top spot in their pool on the line.


All the teams and match details for Monday 10 March:

FNB NWU-Pukke v FNB Wits:

(Fanie du Toit Stadium, Potchefstroom – Kick-off: 16:45 live on SuperSport 1)


FNB Wits: 15 Ruhan Nel, 14 Mandla Dube, 13 Divan Ferguson, 12 Brent Crossley, 11 Riaan Arends, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Mathew Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Senna Esterhuizen, 6 J.P. Jonck, 5 Rendani Ramovha, 4 Devin Montgomery (Captain), 3 Gideon Muller, 2 Ashley Kohler, 1 Hannes Ludick
Replacements: 16 James Marx, 17 Kyle Wood, 18 Conor Brockschmidt, 19 Peter van Biljon, 20 Joshua Jarvis, 21 Ish Nkolo, 22 Joshua Jarvis, 23 Ferdinand Kelly.

Referees: Jaco Kotze, Jaco Pretorius
Assistant Referees: Local
TMO: Johan Greeff


FNB UCT v FNB UFS-Shimlas:

(UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town – Kick-off: 17:00)

FNB UCT: 15 Ross Jones Davies, 14 Richard Stewart, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Guy Shwikard, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Liam Slatem (Captain), 8 Michael Botha, 7 Vince Jobo, 6 Jason Klaasen, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Digby Webb, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Joel Carew
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Robin Murray, 18 Guy Alexander, 19 Kyle Kriel, 20 James Alexander, 21 Martin Sauls, 22 Nathan Nel, 23 David Maasch.

FNB UFS-Shimlas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Maphuta Dolo, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (Captain), 11 Divandre Strydom, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Neil Claassen, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Justin Pappin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Franco van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Markus Odendaal, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan van der Hoogt, 19 Neill Jordaan, 20 Kay-Kay Hlongwane, 21 Francois du Toit, 22 Sethu Tom, 23 Gideon Bruwer.

Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Quinton Immelman


FNB UJ v FNB Maties:

(UJ Stadium, Johannesburg – Kick-off: 19:00 live on SuperSport 1)

FNB UJ: 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 PJ Walters, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Michael Haznar, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Jacques Pretorius (Captain), 8 Dylan Peterson, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Kobus Porter, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Van Zyl Botha, 2 Jannes Snyman, 1 Devon Marthinus
Replacements: 16 Qinisile Siphato, 17 Wiseman Kamanga, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 JP Swanepoel, 20 Lukas van Zyl, 21 Juan Kotze, 22 Pieter Morton, 23 Hendrik Bredenkamp.

FNB Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgskiss, 12 Jacobus Loubser, 11 Caleb Smith, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jean Nel, 8 Tertius Daniller (Captain), 7 Justin Benn, 6 Beyers de Villiers, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Nicol Heyns, 2 Charl de Villiers, 1 Niel Oelofse
Replacements: 16 Neethling Gericke, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Ian Groenewald, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Bjorn Bernardo, 21 Chris Smith, 22 John Durr, 23 Liam Hendricks.

Referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Tahla Ntshakaza
Assistant Referees: Local
TMO: Willie Roos



(Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria – Kick-off: 19:00)

FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Reniel Hugo (Captain), 7 Rudolph Smith, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Basil Short, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Juan Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Leneve Damens, 20 Emile Temperman, 22 Francois Tredoux, 22 Duncan Matthews, 23 Andrew Beerwinkel.

FNB NMMU Madibaz: 15 Jarryd Buys, 14 Tythan Adams, 13 Michael Bernardt, 12 Andile Jho, 11 Yamkela Ngam, 10 Gavin Hauptfleisch, 9 Daniel Acker, 8 Marcel Groenewald, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6  Christopher Cloete, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Louis Fourie, 3 Dexter Fahey, 2 Jody Reyneke, 1 Roy Godfrey (Captain)
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Abongile Mnyaka, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Wade Elliot, 20 Kayle van Zyl, 21 Devon Lailvaux, 22 Sinakho Mafu, 23 Simon Kerrod.

Referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Oregopotse Rametsi


Varsity Shield fixtures:


(TUT Rugby Stadium, Pretoria – Kick-off: 19:00)


FNB Fort Hare v FNB CUT:

(Davidson Rugby Stadium, Alice – Kick-off: 19:00)


Varsity Young Guns fixtures:

FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns v NWU-Pukke Young Guns:

(Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria – Kick-off: 14:30)


FNB UJ Young Guns v Steinhoff Junior Maties:

(UJ Stadium, Johannesburg – Kick-off: 16:45)


Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship fixtures:

Steinhoff Cobras v Steinhoff Heimat:

(UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town – Kick-off: 14:45)


Steinhoff Onderstepoort v Steinhoff Oppidani:

(Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria – Kick-off: 14:30)


Steinhoff Patria v Steinhoff Medies:

(Fanie du Toit Stadium, Potchefstroom – Kick-off: 19:00)

41 Responses to Varsity Cup: Preview – Round 6

  • 1

    Hi everyone, hope there is someone watching Varsity cup today.

  • 2

    GBS is cut of from the outside world. His Electricity bill ran too high and he was disconnected from the grid. That is why we still have power.


    No on a serious note his whole Town or area is off. Something like the Sub station blew up. The truth wont come out of Eskom,s mouths.
    The fact is we wont have Game threads because this happened early today and indications are that the power will only be restored later tonight.

    PS. Now GBS is on top of his roof working a bit. He is cleaning the roof.

  • 3

    Lets chat right here about ALL the varsity news we can find.
    First up will be NWU Pukke vs Wits

  • 4

    FNB NWU-Pukke v FNB Wits:

    (Fanie du Toit Stadium, Potchefstroom – Kick-off: 16:45 live on SuperSport 1)

  • 5

    Hoping for a good Pukke win

  • 6

    No power here in the Panne since 04:00 this morning, will see if we can get SuperBul to do the live games for you.

    Apparently still going to be off for another 6 hours!

    This is sooooo frustrating!

    See laters…..


  • 7

    SuperBul, doen die 2 Live game threads man!

  • 8

    Terrible weather, sloppy play from Pukke, skew line outs, needless penalties.
    Wits hanging in and if Pukke don’t get things right it might be much closer than they would have expected or anticipated
    Still 0-0 after 16 minutes

  • 9

    Crawling over the tryline from the Pukke wing?

  • 10

    @ grootblousmile:
    Kyk of die tweede een darem amper reg is , die een gaan ek nie maak nie , sorry. Ek kry boonop baie eie besigheids oproepe. moet nog dinge reel vir more se trip Tzaneen toe

  • 11

    So many movements in going over the line, it looked like that dance move they call the worm or something


  • 12

    Still 0-0 at the 20 minute mark

  • 13

    Looks like Pukke is the only team worse than the Stormers when it comes to line out feeding

  • 14

    Pukke hooker makes up for the line outs by scoring
    8-0 to Pukke, pink ball try as well

  • 15

    Yellow card against Wits center, spear tackle

  • 16

    @ nortierd:
    Dankie dat jy uit help. Toe bars die ark oop van 4 uur, oproep na oproep. Wat de hel, almal wou gou hul Maandag produktief laat lyk van 4 uur af.

  • 17

    Pukke keep opting for the 5m line out penalty and keep losing the line out and 1 player advantage

  • 18

    superBul wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    Dankie dat jy uit help. Toe bars die ark oop van 4 uur, oproep na oproep. Wat de hel, almal wou gou hul Maandag produktief laat lyk van 4 uur af.

    Hierdie is so n morsige wedstryd, ek twyfel of enige mense kyk
    Worst line outs I’ve seen since watching Deon Fourie’s ” coaching for hookers ” DVD

  • 19

    Wits getting close, no try awarded, TMO decision.

  • 20

    Wits make another schoolboy error by dropping the ball from a quick tap penalty 5m out from Pukke tryline.
    Really horrible weather, rain and wind, but the mistakes are worse from both sides

  • 21

    Wits knock on again while on attack.
    They look slightly better than the log leaders today, even though they are propping up the bottom of the log
    Half time, still 8-0 to Pukke

  • 22

    10 @ superBul:
    Is jy uit Edit op die 2de ene, moet hom regmaak en Sticky maak.

  • 23

    UCT 18-0 Shimlas down in Cape Town
    Maybe Ikeys get their first home win today?

  • 24

    @ nortierd:

    Lol.. Wait till you see the new hooker Stephen Coetzee who is flying out to join the Stormers in NZ.

    He is also a graduate (cum laude) of the Deon Fourie’s School of line-out throwing … his throwing into the lineouts was the only real weakness in an excellent WP under 21 team last year.

  • 25

    Wits squander yet another attack on the Pukke tryline
    Pukke must be very close to a yellow card now

  • 26

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    Lol.. Wait till you see the new hooker Stephen Coetzee who is flying out to join the Stormers in NZ.
    He is also a graduate (cum laude) of the Deon Fourie’s School of line-out throwing … his throwing into the lineouts was the only real weakness in an excellent WP under 21 team last year.

    Howzit Rob
    Lol, why am I not surprised
    What is CharlesM doing down there? Ha ha

  • 27

    18-0 for Ikeys over Shimlas at half time

  • 28

    Looks like many predictions in this Pukke game will be too high, the weather is definitely not conducive to points being scored
    Still only 8-0 to Pukke
    Anyone’s games here
    30 minutes to go

  • 29

    Another 5m line out by Pukke, another skew throw

  • 30

    @ nortierd:

    They way they apply logic down here CharlesM has probably been tasked to coach the placekickers and not the hookers.

    I shudder at the thought of Deon again having to take the lineout throws when Liebenberg breaks down specially now that they have only one healthy lock left.

    The only good thing that can perhaps come out of a disastrous tour down under is it might forces Thelo and co to make some changes to the coaching staff… maybe bring Gert Smal in as Director of Rugby…

  • 31

    Nice break by Pukke 15 only spoiled by the wing knocking on the pass
    2nd half in Cape Town started with Ikeys now having the wind at their backs and a healthy 18 point lead

  • 32

    @Robzim 30
    Ha ha, that might be the truth
    When Tiaan breaks down, not if
    Thelo won’t get decent coaches who will question him and Wagenaar and their cronies, toot toot, this train is still full of gravy and we are going to ride it till nothing remains

  • 33

    It’s amazing what Plum is doing in Ireland, yet the Sharks saw that he had reached his ceiling with them and let him go
    He is still a way better coach than AC, yet we stick with him, because he is tjommies with the CapeSader.
    Nice job if you can get it, no results required

  • 34

    Pukke score under the posts, again with the pink ball
    Seems like they are charitable tonight and only score when donations are made
    16-0 to Pukke

  • 35

    What did i miss?


    Nothing……………, now they score. Waited for me?

  • 36

    Wits hit back with a try, score now 16-8 to Pukke
    Ikeys 23-0 over Shimlas

  • 37

    superBul wrote:

    What did i miss?
    Nothing……………, now they score. Waited for me?

    Terrible mistake from Pukke there, this is the worst game I’ve seen in a while, and bear in mind, I support the Stormers, so there has been some howlers the last few years

  • 38

    10 minutes to go in this game, Pukke still with an 8 point lead

  • 39

    Wits again with a good attack, again an error close to the Pukke tryline.
    I reckon Wits deserved to win this game, they were more productive in open play, but their handling at crucial stages let them down.
    Pukke not looking like log leaders either, very poor in general and their line outs was a mess

  • 40

    Pukke take a shot at goal with less than a minute left, good ploy to play the clock down.
    Kick is short

  • 41

    Thankfully the ref/refs put the spectators and viewers out of their misery by blowing the full time whistle.
    Pukke win 16-8 and remain top of the log


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