FNB Tuks made history by being the first team in history to score 100 points in a single Varsity Cup match, defeating FNB UCT 100-25 at the Cape Town Stadium on Monday.
Both the FNB Ikey Tigers and FNB Tuks went into the match with something to play for. For FNB Tuks, the possibility of making it into the semi-finals of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International was all that mattered, while the FNB Ikey Tigers were determined not to end their campaign without a win and still in with a chance to avoid the relegation match.
Both teams started off trying to get the edge on their opponent, but it was FNB Tuks who struck first blood as Van der Merwe powered over the line for a seven point try, with Stander converting.
The FNB Ikey Tigers hit back through captain Guy Alexander to reduce the deficit to only two points, but FNB Tuks soon ran away with the game. Dries Swanepol scored a seven-point try after a clever chipped pass over FNB UCT’s defence before Van der Merwe scored two impressive nine-point tries in quick succession. FNB Tuks went on to score three more tries before the first half was up, including another nine-point try from Clyde Davids. At the break, the score was FNB Tuks 63-7 FNB UCT.
FNB UCT started quickly in the second half, scoring two nine-point tries within six minutes through Thomas Bednall. FNB Tuks quickly hit back and ensured that they finished strong. Man of the match and FNB Tuks player Duhan Van der Merwe scored a seven-point try in the 61st minute before he scored a nine- and seven-point try within the space of two minutes right before the final whistle.
On the stroke of the 80th minute, FNB Tuks were awarded a penalty and Tinus De Beer was successful in ensuring that his team made history by being the first team to score 100 points in a Varsity Cup match.
The Ikeys now face a relegation match on April 11th.
The final score, FNB Tuks 100-25 FNB UCT.
Player That Rocks: Duhan Van der Merwe (FNB Tuks)
FNB Ikey Tigers: 25
Seven-point tries: Guy Alexander
Nine-point tries: Thomas Bednall (2)
FNB UP Tuks: 100
Five-point tries: Ruan Steenkamp, Jan Elsin, Tinus De Beer
Seven-point tries: Duhan Van der Merwe (3), Dries Swanepoel
Nine-point tries: Duhan Van der Merwe (3), Clyde Davids
Pens: Tinus De Beer
Cons: Joshua Stander (6), Tinus De Beer (3)
FNB Ikey Tigers:
15 Nathan Nel, 14 Sebastian Roodt, 13 Justin Heunis, 12 Lihleli Xoli, 11 Bradley Janse van Rensburg, 10 Thomas Bednall, 9 Dylan Tidbury, 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Lu, 6 Olwethu Hans, 5 Mark Prior, 4 Jade Kriel, 3 Samuel Theron, 2 Keagan Timm, 1 Msizi Zondi
Replacements: 16 Sean Peterson, 17 Joel Carew, 18 Alva Senderayi, 19 Nyasha Tarusenga, 20 Steven Wallace, 21 Kofi Appiah, 22 Rayno Mapoe, 23 Jayson Landman
15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Riaan Britz, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Toko Maebane, 11 Duhan Van der Merwe, 10 Joshua Stander, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Frederik Erksteen, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Aston Fortuin, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel
Replacements: 16 Jan Elsin, 17 Genis Du Toit, 18 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 19 Luke Van der Smit, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Tinus De Beer, 22 Keanan Van Wyk, 23 Justin Forwood
By Wessley Thring.