University of Johannesburg vs UCT
Monday 3. March, UJ Stadium – NB! revised kick-off time 17.00
Monday will see the Tigers play their first away match after a narrow loss to Pukke and an emphatic win over Tukkies last Monday on the packed Green Mile. UJ have so far beaten TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) 35:12, but went down heavily to Shimlas (University of the Free State) 6:54 in their most recent home fixture.
As the Varsity Cup enters its third week, Maties currently top the standings, followed by Tukkies and then UCT in third place.
Tukkies, whom UCT thrashed 55-24 in Cape Town last Monday, moved into
second place with a shock 32-14 win over Shimlas on Saturday – a result
that has blown the tournament wide open – but Maties and UCT will play
their third-round matches on Monday, March 3.
ahead of his team’s first away game of the tournament, UCT captain JJ
Gagiano said: "We know that UJ will be hurting after their loss to
Shimlas, but we’re determined to once again make our presence felt in
this tournament and come away with a crucial away win.
"In the past UCT have been guilty of not being able to put together two
consistent performances in a row, but that will spur us on against UJ.
If we can play like we did against Tukkies and the altitude does not
get to us, we’ll be in with a shout."
Maties, despite drawing their first match to Tukkies, are the only
unbeaten side in the Varsity Cup, but both Cape universities are very
well placed in this new university competition, which has quickly
carved a niche for itself in South African rugby.
At the weekend Tukkies managed a great 32-14 win over Shimlas in the
Varsity Cup at the weekend, thus getting their campaign in the
competition back on track.
The previous week Shimlas gave all the teams a big scare with their
demolition of UJ by 54-6, while Tuks lost to UCT in Cape Town.
But this win of Tukkies over one of the early favourites open the door
for all the competitors ahead of the bumper Easter Weekend.
UCT coaches John Dobson and Robbie Fleck have announced the following team to travel to Johannesburg on Monday.
1 Herbert Mayosi, 2 JP Koster, 3 Dylan Rogers, 4 Mike Ledwige, 5 Martin Miller, 6 Luzuko Panya, 7 Craig Kleu, 8 JJ Gagiano
9 Danie van der Merwe, 10 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Marvin
Christians/Marcelo Sampson, 12 Pieter Engelbrecht, 13 James Martin, 14 Rob Hopwood, 15 Matt Turner
Reserves: Mark Goosen, Wes Chetty, Dayne Galley, Kyle Brown, Kyle Wickens, Pete Haw, Sean Van Tonder/Marcello Sampson