While FNB Wits will breathe easier after securing a crucial result at Wits Rugby Stadium on Monday, the pressure will mount on FNB UWC, who remain in the relegation zone.
FNB Wits absorbed a lot of early pressure and then struck from turnover ball. Two point-of-origin tries and two successful conversions boosted the hosts into a commanding 18-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Scrumhalf Hlumelo Ndudula scored a second try thereafter, while halfback partner Chris Humphries secured the team’s four-try bonus point on the stroke of half-time. UWC only had a penalty from captain Lyle Hendricks to show for their first half efforts. The tempo of the FNB Wits attack wreaked havoc upon the visitors’ defence.
The hosts maintained their intensity after the break to surpass the half-century mark. Humphries finished the contest with a haul of 20 points while UWC's only visit to the tryline came from flanker Romuald Ntumba, which was converted by Hendricks.
FNB Wits 51 (35) – Tries: Hlumelo Ndudula (1x7, 1x5), Luhle Matyolweni (2x7), Chris Humphries, Wian de Lange. Conversions: Chris Humphries (6). Penalty: Chris Humphries.
FNB UWC 12 (3) – Try: Romuald Ntumba (1x7). Conversion: Lyle Hendricks. Penalty: Lyle Hendricks.
FNB Player That Rocks: Azi Afrika (FNB Wits)
FNB UWC Starting XV – 15 Aydon Topley, 14 Tasriq Mynhardt, 13 Gilroy Lee Philander, 12 Lubelo Scott, 11 Peter Williams, 10 Lyle Hendricks (captain), 9 Wian van der Sandt, 8 Shaine Orderson, 7 Godfrey Muzanarwo, 6 Romuald Ntumba, 5 Jaen-Louis de Lange, 4 Jacques Mostert, 3 Riaan van der Merwe, 2 Andries Engelbrecht, 1 Haniël du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Mauritz Swart, 17 Keon Links, 18 Liam Tattersall, 19 Nicholas Chipanje, 20 Gino Kemp, 21 Patrick Kotze, 22 Conwill Conradie, 23 Keanuh Michaels.
Head coach: Paul Treu
Match summary courtesy Varsity Cup Media. Image by Nasief Manie/ASEM Engage.