Tuks move to top of log with big victory over Shimlas

Tuks' inside center, Impi Visser, had the defense of Shimlas in trouble time and again with his powerful runs in Monday's Varsity Cup match in Bloemfontein. Photo: Van Zyl Naude/SASPA

With just two matches remaining in the league phase of this year’s Varsity Cup tournament Tuks moved to the first place on the log after their impressive victory over Shimlas in Bloemfontein on Monday night.

Tuks made light work of Shimlas, winning 65-19 in the seventh round of the Varsity Cup tournament in Bloemfontein at the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs.

The Tuks backline started brilliantly, finding gaps in the Shimlas defence and winger Sibahle Maxwane dotted down with a seven-point try, converted by Tinus de Beer opening the scoreboard on 9-0 for Tuks three minutes into the game.

Dewald Naude stretched the score 0-14 with a five-point try in the 18th minute. Tuks were not done yet and after a brilliant kick from Sibathle Maxwane he collected the ball and went over for a seven-pointer, his second try, taking the game away from the Shimlas on 0-23 just 21 minutes into the first half.

Tuks were all over Shimlas and ran the ball from their 22-metre line and with excellent support play Tuks prop Andrew Beerwinkel went over for a seven-point try stretching the score to 0-30 after 26 minutes. Shimlas’ defence totally crumbled and Tuks ran from the kick-off where winger Dewald Naude scored his second, stretching the score to 0-37, which was also the half time score.

Early in the second half Tuks kept their momentum, forcing phase after phase sending Tuks captain, Chris Massyn, over for a seven-point try, which was converted by Tinus de Beer, taking the score to 0-46.

Shimlas eventually opening their score 49 minutes into the game when winger Vuyani Maqina rounded the opposition backline and the five-pointer was converted by Marco Mason. Tuks answered with persistent pressure and soon Tuks number eight crossed the line for a five-pointer converted by Tinus De Beer, taking the score to 7-53.

Once again Shimlas showed character, fighting their way into the 22-metre area of the Pretoria boys and centre Lihleli Xoli nabbed a five-pointer, taking the score to 19-60 with seven minutes of play left in the game.

Tuks had the last say in the game when replacement hooker Jan Henning Campher scored a try, taking the full time score to 19-65.

FNB Shimlas: 19

Tries: Vuyani Maqina (five-pointer) Benji van Vuuren (five-pointer) Liheli Xoli (five-pointer)

Cons: Marco Mason (2)

FNB Tuks: 65
Sibahle Maxwane (seven-pointer x 2), Dewald Naude (five-pointer + seven-pointer), Andrew Beerwinkel (seven-pointer), Chris Massyn (seven-pointer), Clyde Davids (five-pointer), Divan Rossouw (five-pointer), Jan Henning Campher (five-pointer)

Cons: Tinus De Beer (5)

Yellow cards:  Brian Leitch, Clyde Davids, Juan Swanepoel

15. Sechaba Motsoela, 14. Vuyani Maqina, 13. Lihleli Xoli, 12. Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Marco Mason, 10. Henco Postumus, 9. Dian Badenhorst, 8. Nardus Erasmus, 7. Wilandre Kotzenburg, 6. Benji Janse van Vuuren, 5. Ruben Schoeman, 4. Nicolaas Immelman, 3. Ruan Kramer, 2. Francois Steyn, 1. Kwenzokuhle Blose.

Substitutes: 16. Anrich Alberts, 17. Johan Kotze, 18. Thabiso Msiza, 19. Rohan Roelofse, 20. Musa Mahlasela, 21. Armand Pretorius, 22. Carel Wynand Coetzee, 23. Phumzile Maqondwana.

Tuks: 1. Andrew Beerwinkel, 2. Corniel Els, 3. Neethling Fouché, 4. Brian Leitch, 5. Brad Fortuin, 6.  Eduan Lubbe, 7. Chris Massyn, 8. Clyde Davids, 9. André Warner, 10. Tinus de Beer, 11. Ndiphiwe Maxwane, 12. Impi Visser, 13. Toko Maebane, 14. Dewald Naude, 15. Divan Rossouw.

Substitutions: 16. Jan Henning Campher, 17. Jaco Holtzhausen, 18. Jacques Verwey, 19. Juan Swanepoel, 20. Theo Maree 21. Keenan van Wyk, 22. Trevor Stander, 23. Franco van den Berg.


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