UJ Ends Maties’ Unbeaten Run

UJ ended the last round of the Varsity Cup group stages with a bang as they gave Maties their first defeat of the season.  UJ won the match 42-16 and secured a home semi-final in the process for finishing second on the log.  Maties rang the changes for this match to give some of their first team players a rest, ahead of their semi-final clash against Tuks next Monday.

Maties started the match well as winger, Brandon Asher-Wood scored a nine-point try, but UJ fly half, Divan Nel drew his side level after two penalties and a drop goal.  Ronald Brown and captain, Jakobus Porter scored two great tries for UJ just before the break as they led 27-9 at half-time.  Maties were dealt a further blow before half-time when centre, Chris Smit was yellow carded for a late tackle.

The side from Johannesburg continued where they left off in the second half as they scored two more tries through Caswell Khoza and Etienne Oosthuizen to claim a bonus point.  Maties completely failed to get going in the second half as discipline and poor execution let the Maroon Machine down, but they did manage a consolation try at the end through Carlisle Nel.