Madibaz end season on winning note, UFH ease to Varsity Shield Final

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 28, 2017
Madibaz end season on winning note, UFH ease to Varsity Shield Final

Polishing the season off on a high note, the FNB NMMU-Madibaz ended a six-game losing streak to beat FNB CUT-Ixias 40-14 at the CUT Rugby Stadium in Bloemfontein on Monday night.

The Madibaz, last winning in week one when they thrashed the UCT-Ikeys 36-8, finally managed to pillar their very-much demanding season on all-away soil when they achieved this final-week constellation season victory.

Although injury ridden, CUT were tenacious on defence for the first 40 minutes as they restricted Madibaz to a mere 10-0 half-time lead, but were unable to lay off the intensity of the Port Elizabeth-based side in the second half.

Winning 30-14 in the second half alone, the Madibaz dominated the forward play, with eighth-man Justin Hollis leading from the front, as they exploited gaps on the fringes and in the midfield in a tight-driven forward battle.

Hollis won the FNB Player that Rocks award for his man-of-the-match performance, as the Madibaz outscored CUT five tries to two.

On the final FNB Varsity Cup standings, Madibaz ended seventh with 11 points and CUT last with just three points. FNB Tuks topped the final standings with 34 points, having a superior points’ difference over the second-placed FNB Maties, who also accumulated 34 log points.

The Varsity Cup Semi-Finals next week sees Tuks host FNB Shimlas and Maties host FNB UJ.

On the other end of the spectrum in varsity rugby, FNB UFH from Alice in the Eastern Cape thrashed FNB UKZN 45-8 in the Varsity Shield Semi-Final to book a place in the Final against FNB UWC, who won the other Semi-Final also convincingly, coming out 50-26 victors.

The work was already all done in the first half alone, as UFH lead 37-0 at the break. Proceedings levelled in the second half, and unsurprisingly so, as UFH took their feet completely off the pedal, but still managed to rout their KZN opponents at the end of the day.

UFH are set to take to the field against UWC in the Final at the UWC Sports Stadium in Cape Town on the 10th of April.