Maties send Tuks to the basement

In a rematch of the 2017 Varsity Cup final, Maties beat defending champions Tuks 24-16 in Stellenbosch on Monday night.

The Round 3 result consigned last year’s finalists to opposite ends of the table, with unbeaten Maties at the summit while the reigning champs continue the search for their first victory.

Meanwhile, Wits’ surprising streak came to an end in Bloemfontein as they conceded three seven-point tries in a 44-24 loss against Shimlas.

UCT climbed into third place, with an early pushover try and a late penalty combining to give the Ikeys an 18-15 win against Pukke in Cape Town.

And Madibaz missed what would have been a game-winning conversion and CUT held on for a 38-37 win in Bloemfontein, the team’s second victory in Varsity Cup history.

Varsity Cup standings (after Round 3)
1 Maties, 14 points
2 Wits, 10
3 UCT, 9
4 Shimlas, 9
5 Pukke, 6
6 UJ, 5
7 CUT, 5
8 Madibaz, 2
9 Tuks, 2

Maties: 24
Tries
: Johan Momsen; Chris Massyn
Cons
: Chris Smith(2)
Pens
: Chris Smith 

Tuks: 16
Tries
: Willem Strydom
Cons
: Tinus de Beer
Pens
: Tinus de Beer (3)

MATIES: 15 Reinhardt Fortuin, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Cornel Smit, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Remu Malan, 8 Janco Venter, 7 Marno Redelinghuys, 6 Mitchell Carstens, 5 Johan Momsen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Chippie Oelofse (c)
Bench
: 16 HJ Luus, 17 Ricky Nwagbara, 18 Mzo Buthelezi, 19 Chris Massyn, 20 Stefan Streicher, 21 Logan Boonzaaier, 22 Francois Myburgh, 23 Munier Hartzenberg

TUKS: 15 Willem Strydom, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Toko Seerane, 12 Erich Cronje, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Theo Maree, 8 Clyde Davids, 7 Denzel Hill (c), 6 Jaco Bezuidenhout, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 AndrewBeerwinkel
Bench: 16 Cornelius Els, 17 Mashao Mukhari, 18 Marius Verwey, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Carlo Engelbrecht, 21 Divan Rossouw, 22 Tyler Fisher, 23 Wesley Adonis

UCT: 18
Tries: Tarusenga, Moon
Cons: Lubbe
Pens: Lubbe (2)

PUKKE: 15
Tries: Stokes, Retief
Cons: Hugo
Pens: Hugo

UCT: 15 Khanyo Ngcukana, 14 Karl Martin, 13 Liam Furniss, 12 Joel Smith, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Darian Hock, 9 Pieter Schoonraad, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Josh Moon (c), 6 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 1 Wayrin Losper
Bench: 16 Josh Van Vuuren, 17 Ashwyn Adams, 18 Ntokozo Khomo, 19 Gary Porter, 20 Deejee Putter, 21 Brandon Salomo, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwilanji Chibale

PUKKE: 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Dean Gordon, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Henko Marais, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 Schalk Hugo, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout (c), 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Siphesihle Mngadi, 1 Matimu Manganyi
Bench: 16 Chucky van der Westhuizen, 17 Nelius Theron, 18 Theodore Ferreira, 19 Jaco Swanepoel, 20 Wandile Mazibuko, 21 Nkosana Mathaba, 22 AK Nela, 23 Jimmy Mpailane

Shimlas: 44
Tries: Nicolaas Naude (2) Janco Cloete, Sango Xamleshe*, Henk Pretorius*, Menzi Nhlabathi* (* 7-point try)
Cons: Nicolaas Naude (4)

Wits: 24
Tries: Cecil Conradie, Kasende Kapepula (2), Conor Brockschmidt
Cons: Christiaan Humpries (2)

SHIMLAS: 15 Sechaba Matsoele, 14 Athi Halom, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Sango Xamlashe, 11 Gideon Agenbag, 10 Nicholas Naude, 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Albertus de Bod, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi, 6 Jan Cloete, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma, 3 Mogau Mabokela, 2 Hanno Snyman, 1 Gert Kotze (c)
Bench: 16 JC Jansen van Vuuren, 17 Louis Cloete, 18 Janu Botha, 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Christoffel Roelofse, 21 Zinedene Booysen, 22 Ayabonga Oliphant, 23 Tiaan Schutte

WITS: 15 Kwanele Ngema, 14 Manqoba Mbatha, 13 Sicelo Champion, 12 Tyrone Green, 11 Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Jethro de Lange, 6 Justin Brandon, 5 Dawid Bodenstein, 4 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt (c), 3 CJ Greeff, 2 CJ Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams
Bench: 16 Christopher Worthington, 17 Craig Hume, 18 Pascal Snyman, 19 Sipho Siboza, 20 Kyle Wesemann, 21 Adriaan van Blerk, 22 Lwazi Monakali, 23 Luyolo Qinela

CUT: 38
Tries: Tiaan Erasmus (2), Stefan van Schalkwyk, Rayno Nel, LP Heymans
Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (4)
Pen: Bitzi (1)

Madibaz: 37
Tries: Gerrit Huisamen (2), Henry Brown, Wynand Grassmann, Jordan Koekemoer
Cons: Simon Bolze (2)
Pens: Bolze (2)

CUT: 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Masego Toolo, 13 Ruan Wasserman, 12 Heinrich Bitzi, 11 Dean Jacobs, 10 Denver Kleu, 9 Ruben Heymans, 8 Gerhardus Nel, 7 Rayno Nel (c), 6 Ruan Smit, 5 Brendon Fortuin, 4 Sylvester Makakole, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Tiaan Erasmus, 1 Quintin Vorster
Bench: 16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Isiah Bila, 20 Arne van Rensburg, 21 Tiisetso Madonsela, 22 Karabo Maqeba, 23 Johannes Nel

MADIBAZ: 15 Michael Botha, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (c), 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Lovu Claassen, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Wynand Grassman, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedwyn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck
Bench: 16 JP Jamieson, 17 Tembelihle Yase, 18 Similile Qinela, 19 Robert Izaks, 20 Jayson Reinecke, 21 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 22 Henrique Olivier, 23 Jordan Koekemoer

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer