Muziwandile Mazibuko of Pukke drops the ball during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Pukke at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 25 February 2018

In a game full of mistakes, FNB NWU made easy pickings against FNB Madibaz to win 37-5 in Port Elizabeth on Monday night.

The first half was dominated by FNB NWU, the side with most of the possession leading 14-5 at the end of the half with two tries from Louis van der Westhuzien and Dean Gordon, who was making a meal of the defence of FNB Madibaz. FNB Madibaz, looking for their first win of this year’s Varsity Cup, with plenty of handling errors and giving the ball away at crucial stages allowing FNB NWU to dominate and attack the first half.

The home side did manage to pull a try back through their outside centre, Siphumelele Msutwana, although the conversion was missed.

Sibusiso Ngcokowane of Madibaz during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Pukke at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 25 February 2018

The second half was much of the same, FNB NWU dominating against a mistake riddled FNB Madibaz. Neither side taking advantage of their Power Plays, but it wasn’t needed for the away team to ease their way to victory. The second half including tries from Dean Stokes, Tiaan Bezuidenhout and Chriswill September.

The winless FNB Madibaz looked soppy on attack and failed to take advantage of any attacks. Henry Brandon Brown taking the FNB Player that Rocks award once again this week for FNB Madibaz for his effort in the forwards.

FNB Madibaz need to go back to the books and work hard on their basics to achieve their first win in the upcoming rounds of this year’s Varsity Cup.

FNB Player That Rocks: Henry Brown (FNB Madibaz)

Scores

Henry Brown of Madibaz player that rocks during the Varsity Cup rugby match between the Madibaz and Pukke at the Madibaz Stadium , Monday 25 February 2018

FNB Madibaz: 5

Tries: Siphumelele Msutwana

FNB NWU: 37

Tries: Dean Gordon, Louis van der Westhuizen, Dean Stokes, Chriswill September, Tiaan Bezuidenhout

Con: DP de Lange (4)

Teams

FNB Madibaz starting XV: 15 Jordan Koekemoer, 14 Athenkosi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Riaan Esterhuizen (C) , 11 Lindelwe Zungu, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Sibusiso Ngcokovane, 8 Justin Hollis, 7 Henry Brandon Brown, 6 Jason Reinecke, 5 Ruben Le Roux, 4 Luyolo Dapula, 3 Dylan Barendse, 2 Jedywn Harty, 1 Nicolas Roebeck

Subs: Jean-Pierre Jamieson, Thembelihle Yase, Johan Van Wyk, Ruben Bunganga Magwentsu, André Lategan, Dundre Maritz, Henrique Olivier, Stephan Zeelie

FNB NWU starting XV: 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Dean Gordon, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 AK Nela, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 DP De Lange, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Tiaan Bezuidenhout, 7 Estehan Visagie, 6 Wandile Mazibuko, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Theo Ferreira, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Brendon Strydom
Subs: Marius Stander, Morne Strydom, Matimu Manganyi, Jaco Swanepoel, Senzo Mkhize, Nkosana Mathaba, Henko Marais, Jimmy Mpailane