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Monday, 04 March 2024

FNB UP-TUKS defeats FNB CPUT

RUGBY THAT ROCKS: Hilton Gie of Tuks and Kieran delaan Naidoo of CPUT during the Varsity Shield Rugby match between Tuks and CPUT at Tuks Stadium on Friday. RUGBY THAT ROCKS: Hilton Gie of Tuks and Kieran delaan Naidoo of CPUT during the Varsity Shield Rugby match between Tuks and CPUT at Tuks Stadium on Friday. Picture: Christiaan Kotze (ASEM Engage)

FNB UP-Tuks scored a decisive 61-10 victory over FNB CPUT in their first home game of the 2024 season.

The Stripe Generation opened the scoring when Kean Galant flew over the try line following a relentless attack from the Tuks forwards. It did not take long for Dewey Swartbooi’s troops to get their second try as Tharquinn Manuel broke away to make it 14-0, Jean-Pierre Wentzel making no mistake from the tee with his second conversion.

The visitors registered their first points courtesy of a penalty from the powerful boot of Oyintando Maseti.

Tuks however continued to pile on the pressure on their opponents when burly prop Ethan Burger got his name on the score sheet. CPUT looked dangerous on the counterattack and they were rewarded with a try from pacey winger Linton Maritz.

The home side however wrapped up the first stanza with a bonus point try from Zander Reynders, with Tuks leading 28-10 at the break.

In the one-sided affair, Tuks continued to dominate and registered five more tries in the second half.

They were awarded a penalty try in the 46th minute when CPUT’s Ayabulela Zono collapsed the maul. Seventeen minutes Ethan Burger registered his brace. Another try followed from the forward pack, this time through substitute Jonathan Smit.

Nqubeko Mkwanazi and Bayanda Ngubane flew over in the corner to wrap up the Tuks party.

SCORERS

FNB UP-Tuks 61 (28) – Tries: Keane Galant, Tharquinn Manuel, Ethan Burger (2), Jonathan Smit, Bayanda Ngubane, Nqubeko Mkwanazi, Zander Reynders, penalty try. Conversions: Jean-Pierre Wentzel (4), Kyle Cyster (3).

FNB CPUT 10 (10) – Tries: Linton Maritz. Conversions: Oyintando Maseti. Penalties: Oyintando Maseti.

FNB Player That Rocks: Marco Venter (FNB UP-Tuks)

Written by Varsity Shield

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za