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Maties downs plucky NMMU Madibaz in late surge

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 21, 2017
Maties downs plucky NMMU Madibaz in late surge

With the match showing to be a game of two halves, the NMMU Madibaz suffered a second-half relapse to lose 35-16 to the Maties at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday night.

Leading 11-5 at half-time, the match certainly did not look set in stone for the Maties, as the Madibaz applied much pressure with the wind at their backs and overcoming in the scrum-facet department.

The Madibaz were then awarded for their first-half ascendency, as lock Wynand Grassmann, scored a try right before half-time.

Utilizing the downstream wind, Maties then wasted no time, as they executed their first try through lock, Ian Groenewald. The Madibaz solitude second-half try came from flanker, Stephanus Nieuwoudt, which proved to be the visitors’ match constellation.

Nieuwoudt and fellow flanker, Henry Brown, were then sent to the sin bin in the last 10 minutes of the game, as the Madibaz concluded the match with 13 men. It was in this time frame, that Maties took advantage of their numerical advantage and scored three tries to flatter the score for themselves.

All three tries (scored by Brendon Nell, Craig Barry and Michal Haznar) were also converted, meaning the Maties toppled Madibaz 30-5 in the second half.

The Maties now top the FNB Varsity Cup log, being one of only three teams with one loss out of four. Inversely, the Madibaz have only won one game out of four in their all-away fixture schedule and are placed second-last (eighth).