Jedwyn Harty of Madibaz during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Wits at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 19 February 2018

FNB NMU took a narrow first half lead of 20-18, through tries from Justin Hollis and substitute, Ruben Le Roux and keeping the pressure on with two conversions and two penalties from Simon Bolze.

FNB Wits kept up with the pace in the first half with two tries of their own from Constant Beckerling and a seven-point try from Daniel Kapepula, along with the conversions for each.

Both sides took their Power Plays in the first half but neither side managed to capitalise on their two-man advantage.

Cecil John Conradie of Wits scores a try during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Wits at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 19 February 2018

FNB Wits came out in the second half on a mission but couldn’t convert all their possession besides a solitary try from Cecil Conradie to lead 20-23 before the strategy break at 60 mins.

After the strat break, they came out strong to score another seven-point try with the conversion to lead 32-20 before FNB Madibaz came back with a seven-point try of their own. And although they fought hard in the end to try take the win, the defence of the away side did enough to hold on to the tight win.

FNB Madibaz lock Henry Brown walked away with the FNB Player That Rocks award for his strong performance in the forwards for the losing side.

Player that rocks Hendry Brown of Madibaz during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Wits at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 19 February 2018

Teams

FNB Madibaz starting 15: 15 Michael Botha, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Riaan Esterhiuzen (captain), 12 Jordan Koekemoer, 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Robert Izaks, 6 Henry Brown, 5 Wynand Grassmann, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedywn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck
Subs: Jean-Pierre Jamieson, Thembelihle Yase, Similile Qinela, Ruben Le Roux, Jason Reinecke, Dundre Maritz, Henrique Olivier, Siphumelele Msutwana

 FNB Wits starting 15: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Kwanele Ngema, 13 Yanga Hlalu, 12 Adriaan van Blerk, 11 Daniel Kapepula, 10 Christian Humphries, 9 Ruan Cloete, 8 Ayabulela Mdudi, 7 Jethro de Lange, 6 Constant Beckerling, 5 Pascal Snyman, 4 Conor-Terrah Brockschmidt, 3 Cornelius Greef, 2 Cecil Conradie, 1 Ameer Williams

Subs: Justin Brandon, Craig Hume, Sipho Siboza, Christopher Worthington, Jared Fuller, Lwazi Monakali, David Cary, Luyolo Qinela

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