UWC dominate possession as they secured victory over UFH


The FNB University of Western Cape (UWC) produced a hard-fought win to down FNB University of Fort Hare (UFH) 15-8 at the UFH home ground in their first FNB Varsity Shield match on Monday.

FNB UWC capitalised on defensive errors made by FNB UFH and took full advantage as their captain, Philbrey Joseph, scored two tries to put his side on the front foot. Due to a disjointed defence, UWC scrumhalf, Matthew Nortje, plucked the ball from a ruck and dove through for a try to take UWC 15-0 in front.

The visitors played a very expansive game, while UFH played a more forward-dominated brand and as a result they had a ruck and maul count of 35 more than UWC, despite only having 35% possession. UFH’s total tackle count amounted to 78, while UWC only made 41 tackles.

With only two minutes left of the game, UFH outside back, Asiphe Fihla, split the UWC defence as he sprinted 30-metres to score a constellation try under the posts taking the score to 15-8 in favour of the hosts.

Man of the match was UWC captain, Philbrey Joseph.

“All I can say is expectations, expectations, expectations,” said UWC captain, Philbrey Joseph, when asked what it was like to work under their new coach, Chester Williams. “He pushes us, but he stands behind us and he’s there for us.”

In the other Varsity Shield fixture that was played FNB University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) beat FNB Wits 26-18.

The two games were the first matches of the tournament and the results meant that FNB UKZN move to the top of the log, advantaged with their 8-point winning deficit over FNB UWC’s 7-point win.

Fort Hare now have a bye next week until they play FNB UKZN in Peter Booysen Park, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 15th February.