UWC, UFH bag home semis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:50
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VARSITY SHIELD WRAP: UWC booked themselves a home semi-final with an impressive 46-24 win against WSU in Mthatha on Monday.

UWC have now won all their fixtures since their narrow 31-32 defeat against UFH in Round Two at the Davidson Stadium in Alice.

The victory means that UWC top the table, and will face WSU in the semi-finals in Bellville on March 27.

Elsewhere, UKZN registered a 31-13 win against the struggling Rhodes University to book their spot in the play-offs.

In Cape Town, CPUT secured a 39-18 win against TUT. Unfortunately for the Cape Town-based side, they end the round-robin fixture fifth on the log after being docked 11 points for fielding five ineligible players earlier in the competition.

We take a look at Monday’s Action!

WSU 24-46 UWC

Fresh from a bye week, UWC came rejuvenated and more eager to cement their spot at the top. And after just 15 minutes of play, the visitors took a 12-0 lead.

WSU struggled defensively and failed to register any points in the first half.

UWC's tries came in fast and before the half-time break, the visitors added to their tally to take a 29-0 advantage to the lockers.

As the second half commenced WSU faced an uphill battle which they were eager to overcome. The hosts finally got possession in the right spaces and broke their duck to trail 16-29.

Despite WSU's efforts, UWC proved just too strong as they went on to score a double and sealed the win.

Referee: Stephan Geldenhuys
Assistant referees: Local

UKZN-Impi 31-13 Rhodes

In the 23rd minute, Rhodes took the lead as they finally broke through the defense and scored the first converted try of the match, 8-0.

After 10 minutes of relentless attacks, the Rhodes' defense struggled to keep UKZN out and the hosts pulled on back to trail 5-8.

And minutes before the break, UKZN took the lead as they scored a second try.

After the break, UKZN added to their score with a converted try to lead 18-8.

Rhodes needed something and they needed it quickly, and just before the hour mark, the visitors narrowed the margin to just five points with a great try of their own.

However, the celebration was short-lived as UKZN made sure to take the match out of reach with two unanswered tries and sealed the win.

Referee: Pieter Maritz
Assistant referees: Local

CPUT 39-18 TUT

It was a slow start. Both teams were hesitant to attack, however, the hosts started to seized control of the match. And just before the first strategy break, they bagged two tries to take the 13-0 lead.

The strategy break could not come at a better time for the visitors. After a stern word from the mentors, TUT were on the scoreboard with a converted try to trail 8-13.

But CPUT produced a powerful attack, and the hosts were rewarded with a converted try and took a 21-8 lead at the break.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, CPUT enjoyed possession and for every TUT question, the hosts had an answer.

Both teams added to their tally, but it was the Cape Town-based side who outran their opposition to record the win.

Referee: Archie Sehlako
Assistant referees: Local

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Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
CUT-Ixias 8 0 0 8 3
Pool SHIELD
Team P W D L Pts
UWC 6 5 0 1 27
Fort Hare 6 4 0 2 20
UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6