Maties and UCT both had good wins on Monday, when will the rivals go head to head again?
On day four Maties beat Pukke to go tops and UJ smashed Shimlas in a six try rout. The brave NMMU (UCT’s next match) beat TUT and handed them the wooden spoon. The match of the day was definitely Tuks vs UCT and what a nailbiter it was!
The teams that are currently contender’s for semi-finals haven’t changed since last week. Tuks drop one down and Maties go first, UCT remains third and Pukke fourth. The bottom of the log gets shuffled rather nicely, with UJ moving to 5th after crushing Shimlas who move to 6th spot. TUT and NMMU change places, with the winless TUT now gracing the rear.
UCT v UJ - 24:22
Tuks had the better start scoring a first minute try and going ahead 10:0. The lead changed hands several times, with UCT up in th 72nd minute, down in the 76th and slotting a winner in the 79th. Crucial away points against the thus far unbeaten log leaders from Pretoria. The bonus point for the narrow loss keeps Tuks on points with UCT in the log but ahead in second spot because of the better points difference.
UJ vs Shimlas - 44:8
University of Johannesburg scored six tries to one against the Shimlas of Bloemfontein. In the second half the men in orange scored 26 unanswered points, also overtaking their Bloem rivals in the log. Shimlas are now sitting with only one win after four matches, just a single bonus point ahead of NMMU.
Maties vs Pukke – 31:10
Maties march ahead and have made it four from four as the only unbeatedn team thus far, with a solid home victory over northern rivals Pukke. Stellenbosch scored four tries to Pukke’s one, the last try came in injury time and gifted the Maties their first bonus point of the competition. Pukke tried hard but weren’t quite good enough on the day.
NMMU vs TUT - 28:18
NMMU used their home ground advantage and won the wooden spoon battle against TUT, outscoring the visitors three tries to two. The boot of Willem Loubscher, who added 13 points including a drop-goal was the major factor in keeping his team ahead, despite the PE side being down a man after their full-back got red-carded 30 minutes in.