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15 March 2022
UWC suffer home defeat to FNB UP-Tuks
On Monday at the Operation Room, reigning FNB Varsity Cup champions FNB UP-Tuks scored seven tries in a resounding 51-19 win over FNB UWC.

Playing with a howling south-easter at their backs, Tuks had the better of possession and territory in the first half and converted most of their opportunities.

Big men like prop Ethan Burger carried strongly to breach the FNB UWC defence on a regular basis. The visitors scored four tries in only 28 minutes to secure the bonus point.

FNB UWC were outplayed at the set pieces and at the collisions. While the wind influenced their performance in the first half, they were their own worst enemies with ball in hand and conceded far too many penalties.

The hosts were more accurate in the second stanza and managed to score three tries, through Aydon Topley, Justin Theys and Shaine Orderson - two of which were converted by captain Lyle Hendricks. Nevertheless, they failed to reduce the deficit sufficiently to claim any consolation bonus points.

In Round 6, coach Paul Treu's men travel to Johannesburg to face Wits in what will be a crucial fixture considering UWC have now slipped into the relegation places on the 2021-2022 combined log.


FNB UWC 19 (0) – Tries: Aydon Topley, Justin Theys, Shaine Orderson. Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (2).
FNB UP-Tuks 51 (28) – Tries: Ethan Burger (2), Bernard van der Linde (1x5, 1x7), Allister Williams, Orateng Koikanyang, Divan Venter. Conversions: Clyde Lewis (7).

FNB Player That Rocks: Tiaan de Klerk (FNB UP-Tuks)

FNB UWC Starting XV – 15 Gilroy Lee Philander, 14 Will Vraagom, 13 Aydon Topley, 12 Lyle Hendricks (captain), 11 Patrick Kotze, 10 Ethan Diston, 9 Conwill Conradie, 8 Godfrey Muzanarwo, 7 Jacques Mostert, 6 Shaine Orderson, 5 Jaen-Louis de Lange, 4 Bronlee Mouries, 3 Justin Theys, 2 Mauritz Swart, 1 Keon Links.
Replacements: 16 Andries Engelbrecht, 17 Haniël du Toit, 18 Bradman Grove, 19 Romuald Ntumba, 21 Gino Kemp 22 Wian van der Sandt, 23 Keanuh Michaels, 24 Jason Cloete.
Head coach: Paul Treu

Match summary courtesy Varsity Cup Media. Image by Nasief Manie/ASEM Engage.