UFH win first match in FNB Varsity Shield

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 24, 2016

University of Fort Hare recorded their first win in this year’s Varsity Shield as they beat Tshwane University of Technology 18-14 at Davidson Rugby Stadium, Alice.

Both teams were winless prior to this match, so they both had something to prove and fight for with pride ultimately at stake. Just minutes into the match, TUT drew first blood with a try from centre, Apsalom Mthethwa.

The score line remained concealed before UFH wing, Asiphe Fihla, scored an unconverted try on the stroke of half-time, taking the scores to 8-5 to TUT at the break.

The second-half was a deadlock of leaking points as both sides defended valiantly in their efforts to sneak a victory. TUT fly half, broke the ice as he slotted home two penalties throughout the half to extend the visitors’ lead to 12-5.

With just several minutes to play, the men from Alice scored a converted try through lock, Makeleni Athenkosi, to put UFH in front for the first time in the match with a 13-12 lead.

TUT then slandered the remaining hopes of UFH, as they slotted yet another penalty to retrieve their lead 14-13.

It seemed as though this may have been the constellation score of the match with one minute remaining before UFH right wing, Mandaba Aziyena, scored an unconverted try to steal victory at the death- winning the game 18-14.

Although heart-breaking for TUT to let a game slip so late, the result rendered justice as UFH scored three tries to TUT’s one. However, discipline almost costing them.

UFH coach, Lumumba Currie, emphasized that his side can reap much benefits from this result especially after the losses that they had to endure previous weeks.

“Well done to my boys in showing character and after a week in hell, they still wanted to win, and where else to win than at home in front of your home crowd, and more importantly, the Vice Chancelor,” said Coach Currie.

Man-of-the-match was UFH inside centre, Tom Siphosethu. Following the result, UFH has won one match out four this season so far and they currently stand second-last on the FNB Varsity Shield log above the winless TUT.

The team from Alice now play FNB UWC at UWC Sports Stadium, Cape Town, on 29th February for their next Varsity Shield encounter.