The NWU Eagles held on to say a 35-32 victory of their postponed match over CUT on Tuesday and safe their place within the Varsity Cup semi-finals.
The outcome implies that NWU have climbed above CUT into fourth place on the Varsity Cup desk, ending the small Free State-based college’s desires of constructing it into their very first playoff.
The Eagles now have a semi-final assembly with top-of-the-table UCT, whereas second-placed Maties confronted third-placed UP-Tuks within the first semi-final.
The Ixias outscored their opponents by 5 tries to a few, however flyhalf Charles Williams missed three conversions, whereas reverse quantity Nivan Petersen made no mistake with three conversions and 4 penalty targets.
In what was successfully a ‘quarter-final’ showdown, the Ixias began the match with hearth of their bellies as they pissed off the Eagles.
CUT lock Brendon Fortuin strode over earlier than hooker Janus Venter’s eleventh strive of the marketing campaign had him break the report for many Varsity Cup tries in a season.
Nevertheless, from there NWU took management of the sport, as lock Jeandré Leonard scored a brace of tries, which included an impressive seven-pointer.
Petersen knocked over each conversions and landed two penalties to push out the rating to 25-15 at half time.
Ixias inside centre Heino Bezuidenhout pulled again a strive 10 minutes into the second half as they tried to stage a comeback, however the Eagles put paid to their preliminary try when flank Ruben Dreyer scored a strive, with Petersen kicking the conversion and including a penalty.
The lads from Bloemfontein continued unabated, although, as Venter earned his brace earlier than alternative scrumhalf Xander Botha confirmed immense energy to spin, tuck and dive over the road regardless of the eye of a number of purple defenders.
In the end, it was to not be for the Ixias because the Eagles noticed out the remaining time to ebook their spot within the semi-finals.
Participant That Rocks: Jeandré Leonard (FNB NWU Eagles)
CUT Ixias – Tries: Brendon Fortuin, Janus Venter (2), Heino Bezuidenhout, Xander Botha. Conversions: Charles Williams (2). Penalty: Williams.
NWU Eagles – Tries: Jeandré Leonard (1×5, 1×7), Ruben Dreyer. Conversions: Nivan Petersen (3). Penalties: Petersen (4).
UJ 20 (8) WITS 22 (7)
Earlier within the day, Wits flyhalf Keagan Lailvaux kicked an 81st-minute drop aim to interrupt UJ hearts within the Johannesburg derby.
With the win, Wits leapfrogged UJ into eighth place on the Varsity Cup log.
Participant That Rocks: Hlumelo Ndudula (FNB Wits)
UJ – Tries: Mpho Kubheka, Kayden Kiewit, Nkondlo Radebe. Conversion: Jurich Claasens. Penalty: Claasens.
Wits – Tries: Hlumelo Ndudula (2), Setshaba Mokoena. Conversions: Keagan Lailvaux (2). Drop aim: Lailvaux.