Sibabalo Qoma of Shimlas during the Varsity Cup match between Shimlas and UJ at Shimlapark UFS, Monday 26 February 2018, Bloemfontein, 2018

FNB UJ beat FNB Shimlas convincingly, 49-12, in the fifth round of the Varsity Cup in Bloemfontein at Xerox Shimla Park on Monday night.

FNB UJ started off with physical rugby showing their intention to use the forwards to carry the ball and to draw in the backline players to expose the defence of the FNB Shimlas. FNB UJ dominated territory and ball possession in the first five minutes but could not round off play due to handling errors. Flyhalf Kobus Engelbrecht opened the scoreboard for FNB UJ in the 11th minute of the game with a penalty kick to put them in the lead with three points.

FNB Shimlas’ flyhalf had an opportunity in the 14th minute to level the score with a penalty kick from the 10-metre mark but was unsuccessful. FNB UJ answered with attacking play and scored the first try of the match when scrumhalf Bradley Thain went over for a seven-pointer, converted by Kobus Engelbrecht, stretching the score to 12-0 after sixteen minutes of play.


Menzi Nhlabatha during the Varsity Cup match between Shimlas and UJ at Shimlapark UFS, Monday 26 February 2018, Bloemfontein, 2018

Engelbrecht made sure that FNB UJ kept their momentum when he converted a penalty in the 26th minute to stretch the score to 15-0. Finally, FNB Shimlas crossed the line in the 31st minute after winger Athi Halom went over in the corner following the FNB Shimlas swinging the ball wide from a third-phase ball. Naude was unsuccessful with the conversion taking the score to 15-5 for FNB UJ.

In the 35th minute flanker Janco Cloete was seriously injured after foul play from FNB UJ debutant Seun Maduna, who was send off with a red card leaving FNB UJ with only 14 players on the field. On the stroke of half time FNB UJ scored again; a second try for scrumhalf Bradley Thain, as he went over and Engelbrecht converted the try to stretch the score to 24-5 just after half time.

FNB Shimlas started the second half with more intensity and structure to no avail. FNB Shimlas’ flyhalf Nicolaas Naude could not control the ball on attack and a fumble handed FNB UJ winger Odwa Nkunjana an intercept and he scored a seven-pointer with Engelbrecht converting the try to stretch the lead to 33-5 just four minutes into the second half.

FNB UJ were not done just yet. After good attacking play from fullback Ronald Brown flanker Adriaan Bester went over in the 49th minute for a seven-pointer, and FNB UJ’s fourth try, converted by Engelbrecht, stretching the lead to 42-5.

FNB UJ received their second card, when winger Tatendaishe Mujawe was sent off with a in the 55th minute for foul play. FNB UJ still managed to cross the line for their fifth try when Ronald Brown scored yet another a seven-pointer in the corner after several phases. FNB Shimlas managed a consolation try and scored a five-pointer through winger Francois Agenbag. It was converted by Naude taking the score to 49-12 which is how it ended.

The six changes to FNB Shimlas clearly had a negative impact, and they could not retain possession and kicked far too much ball possession away.

FNB Player that Rocks: Ronald Brown (FNB UJ)


Zinedine Booysen of Shimlas during the Varsity Cup match between Shimlas and UJ at Shimlapark UFS, Monday 26 February 2018, Bloemfontein, 2018

FNB Shimlas: 12
 Halom Athi, Francois Agenbag

Cons:  Nicolaas Naude

Pens: Nicolaas Naude

FNB UJ: 49
Tries:  Bradley Thain (2), Odwa Nkunjana, Adriaan Bester, Ronald Brown

Cons: Kobus Engelbrecht (4)

Pens: Kobus Engelbrecht (2)
Yellow cards: Taitendaishe Mujawo
Red cards: Seun Maduna

FNB Shimlas starting XV:
 15 Christiaan Schutte, 14 Athi Halom , 13 Carel Coetzee,12 Ayabonga Oliphant , 11 Francois Agenbach,  10 Nicholaas Naude , 9 Rewan Kruger, 8 Benjamin Jansen Van Vuuren, 7 Menzi Nhlabathi  ,6 Janco Cloete , 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Sibabalo Qoma ,3 Janu Botha, 2 Hanno Snyman , 1 Louis Martin Cloete

Substitutes: 16 JC Jansen V Vuuren, 17 Wentzel Vorster ,18 Johan Kotze , 19 Raymond Woest, 20 Rholane Ncubuka, 21 Zinedine Booysen, 22 Olehile Losaba ,23 Frank Van Heerden

FNB UJ starting XV: 1 Sibusiso Lali , 2 Johannes Snyman, 3 Nico du Plessis , 4 Kevin du Randt , 5 Estian Enslin , 6 James Venter , 7 Adriaan Bester, 8 Wian Conradie , 9 Bradley Thian , 10 Kobus Engelbrecht , 11 Odwa Nkunjana , 12 Seun Maduna , 13 Jan Louis La Grange , 14 Tatendaishe Mujawo , 15. Ronald Brown

Substitutions: 16 Baard le Roux , 17  Dillion Baard , 18 Siyabonga Luwaca , 19 Malembe Mpofu , 20  Johan Esterhuizen 21 jean Luc Cilliers , 22 Austin Davids  , 23  Cohen Kiewit