FNB Varsity Cup: Sensational University of Free State Shimlas Absolutely Demolish University of Cape Town

FNB Varsity Cup: Sensational University of Free State Shimlas Absolutely Demolish University of Cape Town

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:58 PM
  • The University of the Free State produced arguably its greatest FNB Varsity Cup performance against the University of Cape Town this morning
  • In a game postponed from last night to earlier today, the Shimlas thumped the Ikey Tigers 58-7 in what was the definition of the perfect rugby performance
  • The humiliating result dislodged the Capetonians from second place to third, replaced by their unwelcoming hosts as the semifinal race took shape properly

The University of the Free State put in the performance of the season in an amazing demolition of FNB Varsity Cup favourites, the University of Cape Town.

The Shimlas ran in seven tries to the Ikey Tigers' solitary effort in a 58-7 annihilation, which Sports Brief monitored.

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The UFS Shimlas (blue) were simply far too strong for the UCT Ikey Tigers. Image source: @varsitycup/Twitter
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This clash was postponed due to bad weather in Bloemfontein on Monday night. While the skies cleared on Tuesday morning ahead of the 9 am kick-off, the field was wet and players on both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions.

FNB UFS Shimlas were the first to adjust, though, and a sustained assault yielded three tries in the first half alone.

The Ikey Tigers had little possession during this period. Poor handling and passing, however, resulted in several promising plays breaking down.

The hosts maintained their intensity into the second half. No 8 Ruwald van der Merwe crashed over to secure the bonus point and put his side firmly in charge of the contest.

From there, Shimlas moved into high gear and added a further four tries.

A consolation score for FNB UCT at the end added little respectability to the scoreline.

FNB UFS Shimlas 58 (17) – Tries: Lourens Oosthuizen, Zane Bester (1x5, 1x7), Pierre Uys, Ruwald van der Merwe, Litha Nkula (1x7), Janco van Heiningen (1x7), Blaine Golden. Conversions: Nkula (4), George Lourens (2).

FNB UCT Ikeys 7 (0) – Try: Matthew Hamilton. Conversion: Duran Koevort.

FNB Player That Rocks: George Lourens (FNB Shimlas)

FNB Varsity Cup: University of Stellenbosch Maties edges North West University Pukke in entertaining affair

FNB Maties rebounded from a poor start to beat the FNB NWU Eagles 20-12 in round six of the FNB Varsity Cup in Stellenbosch on Monday night.

As reported by Sports Brief, the contest was an arm-wrestle for much of the first quarter.

Stellenbosch defended defiantly as the Eagles failed to claim so much as a losing bonus point from the fixture.

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