FNB UP-Tuks’ hopes of reclaiming the Varsity Cup were all but lost after being handed their fifth-straight defeat by FNB UCT, 23-13, at the Green Mile on Monday evening.
FNB UP-Tuks came out of the blocks firing in the first half with the men from Pretoria getting onto the scoreboard first. The FNB UCT defence was resolute in the opening half, keeping FNB UP-Tuks at bay until FNB UP-Tuks full-back broke through the line to score.
David Manuel’s men held their lead well before conceding scored a try through FNB UCT captain Josh Moon which was converted by wing Karl Martin.
FNB UCT flank Xaba Kuyenzeka scored moments later which marked the end of FNB UP-Tuks lead with the eventual FNB Player That Rocks taking the score to 14-13 once the conversion was made by Martin.
FNB UCT outside centre Liam Furnis scored the only 7-point try of the game making the score 23-13 to FNB UCT.
After five losses in a row FNB UP-Tuks will have to pray they win the rest of their games and the permutations go their way to reach the Semi-Finals.
FNB Player That Rocks: Xaba Kuyenzeka (FNB UCT)
UCT Ikeys: 23
Tries: Josh Moon, Xaba Kuyenzenka, Liam Furnis
Cons: Karl Martin 2 Brian Martin
FNB UP-Tuks: 13
Tries: Christo Hamman, Adriaan Serane
Pen: Tinus de Beer
FNB UCT Ikeys: 15 Khanyo Ngcukana 14 Karl Martin, 13 Liam Furnis, 12 Robert Ball, 11 Joel Smith, 10 Darian Hock, 9 Pieter Schoonraad, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Josh Moon, 6 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 4 Gary Porter, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Cuan Hublutzel, 1 Ntokozo Khomo
Subs: 16 Josh Van Vuuran, 17 Ashwyn Adams, 18 Wayrin Losper, 19 David Meihuzin, 20 Kezwi Puza, 21 Stefano de Gouveia, 22 Lohan Lubbe, 23 Suwulanji Chibale
FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Christo Hamman, 14 Dewald Naude, 13 Adrian Seerane, 12 Erich Cronje, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Marthinus de Beer , 9 Carlo Engelbrecht , 8 Eduan Lubbe, 7 Smit Jacobus Stephnus, 6 Eduan Leitch, 5 Jacques Verwey, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Cornelius Els, 1 Edward Wesley
Subs: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17Jan-Henning Van de BergJan-Henning, 18 Johannes Grobbelaar, 19 Clyde Davids, 20 Joshua Aldeman, 21 Ciaran Dayaram, 22 Johannes Strydom, 23 Mashao Mukhari