UFH Blues rampant at the Davison Stadium vs TUT
After two opening defeats the UFH Blues appeared determined to restore their reputation at the outset of this meeting scoring an early try in the 8th minute through Jongizulu Lukho. The try was what the excited crowed were looking for from the blues. It was a fantastic try from their own 22 where captain Somila Jho took the ball at the half way and dropped a telling pass to Lukho who’s speed was just too much for TUT defence. In 16 minutes the Blues scored a second try through Mihlai Nobomvu and Brandt Fields converted both tires.
The Blues were looking hungry for victory after losing to both their opening games in this year’s varsity cup thus far. At the first strategic break the scores were UFH Blue -14 and TUT - 0
After the break TUT seemed to settle down and put UFH under pressure, camping out in the home team’s 22 for over 10 minutes. TUT were really taking the games to UFH and UFH had to stand strong in their defence. Eventually TUT took advantage of the pressure when Laro Delport slide over for the away teams first try which was converted by Mauritz Maritz.
The atmosphere at the Davidson Stadium in Alice was very expectant but jovial with supports singing and dancing, which is always a joy to watch. Five minutes later UFH hit back with a try from Sokhana Mpemba in 33 minutes which ignited the home supporters into song and Brandt fields converted the try to go to half time leading FNB UFH 21-7.
In the second half TUT gifted UFH another try to Sokhana Mpemba after a handling error from TUT making the score 25 - 7. Incredibly five minutes later the Blues went 33 - 7 up after Brandt Fields crossed under the uprights in a scintillating move from the breakdown in midfield which saw wonderful open passing play from the blues.
Pushed on by the fantastic crowd, the Blues had to put in another defensive shift before the strategic break as TUT pilled on the pressure in an attempt to restore some dignity to the score line.
The strategic break brought with it the Varsity Shield’s fun and dance as things got real with Zomza the games MC showing her dance ability to the liking of the crowd.
Getting back to the business at hand, UFH continued to play well, limiting their handling errors which was their down fall in their first two games against WSU and Rhodes, and defended with heart and brains. At times the game threatened to get heated but the officials were able to stay on top of matters. This seemed to spurs the Blues who were camped in the TUT half at the final whistle and gained an inspirational 33 -7 win.
FNB Player That Rocks: Somila Jho (FNB UFH)
Steers Kinging Moment: Brandt Fields (FNB UFH)
FNB UFH: 33
Tries: Sokhana Mpemba (2), Lukho Jongizulu, Brandt Fields, Mihlali Nobomvu
Conversions: Brandt Fields (4)
FNB TUT: 7
Tries: Laro Delport
Conversions: Mauritz Maritz
FNB UFH: 15. Brandt Fields, 14. Migcobo Bovu, 13. Mihlali Nobomvu, 12. Somila Jho (c), 11. Lukho Jongizulu, 10.Rocur Julies, 9. Qhama Masiza, 8. Yamkela Mzozoyana, 7. Rodney Chikamhi, 6. Mkhonto Cakucaku, 5. Lwando Nteta, 4. Philisani Ncoko, 3. Likho Dliwayo, 2. Sokhana Mpemba, 1. Edwin Nxumalo.
Replacements: 16. Mzingbantu Vitsha, 17. Bulelani Mdodana, 18. Mbasa Sonkosi, 19. Chuma Biyana, 20. Langalethu Susela, 21. Lazola Hleli, 22. Jeandre Christian, 23. Lihle Mavuso.
FNB TUT: 15.Wandisile Shabala, 14. Mfundo Gumede, 13. Sandile Sibande, 12. Riaan Burger, 11. Micheal Jacobs, 10. Mauritz Maritz, 9. Marco Michao, 8. Laro Delport, 7. Mpho Kganakga, 6. Zavien Klaasen, 5. Andre O’Neill, 4. William Thompson, 3. Andile Ngonyama, 2. Dalton Dreyer, 1. Micheal Rodrigues.
Replacements: 16. Joseph Kwinda, 17. Franz Van Rensburg, 18. Leon Etsebeth, 19. Daniel De Villiers, 20. Sandiso Kolisi, 21 Siyabonga Maseko, 22. Musawenkosi Sili, 23. Phineas Zitha.