A 21-16 victory over FNB Maties in Bloemfontein saw FNB UFS-Shimlas move to the top of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International standings on Monday.
The Free State side are the only team in the tournament still unbeaten after four rounds of action, while three-time champions Maties are still looking for their first win.
The match was deadlocked at 16-16 at half-time, and UFS-Shimlas replacement Daniel Maartens scored the only try of the second half to secure a tough win for the home team and pile more misery on Maties who found themselves in unfamiliar territory in sixth place.
FNB UP-Tuks suffered their first defeat of the season against FNB NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom, but secured two bonus points which saw them hold on to second place ahead of FNB UJ who notched an impressive 42-13 win against FNB NMMU in Port Elizabeth.
The dramatic 42-37 win over UP-Tuks saw NWU-Pukke claim fourth place, just one log point ahead of FNB UCT who scored 12 tries on their way to a 90-8 victory over newcomers FNB UCT.
Both teams scored five tries in a pulsating game in Potchefstroom which went right down to the wire before being clinched in the dying stages by a try from NWU-Pukke flank Marno Redelinghuys who had claimed a clever cross-kick from flyhalf Jonny Welthagen.
In Port Elizabeth UJ ran away with it in the second half, eventually outscoring the Madibaz by six tries to two, while it was one-way traffic from start to finish on the Green Mile where defending champions UCT were merciless in their demolition of the CUT Ixias.
In the Varsity Shield FNB Fort Hare secured a 28-18 over the FNB TUT Vikings in Alice while FNB UKZN beat FNB UWC 21-5 in Durban to move just one point behind log-leaders FNB Wits.
In the FNB Varsity Young Guns competition FNB NMMU recorded their first-ever win against FNB NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom, defending champions FNB UFS scored two late tries to edge the FNB Junior Maties in Bloemfontein and the FNB UCT Trojans notched a 34-24 over FNB CUT Young Guns in Cape Town.
The second round of the Steinhoff Koshuirugby Championship saw three away wins with three-time champions Steinhoff Vishuis the only home team to win with a dominant performance against Steinhoff Medies in Bloemfontein.
UJ’s Steinhoff Bastion recorded a comprehensive 34-0 win over the NMMU Steinhoff Stallions in Port Elizabeth, Steinhoff Mopanie edged Steinhoff Patria 13-10 in Potchefstroom and the Steinhoff Cobras from UCT went down to CUT’s Steinhoff Tigers in Cape Town.
Courtesy of SA Rugby