DAN LOMBARD

FNB UP-Tuks beat FNB Wits 52-0 at the Tuks Rugby Stadium last Monday. The home side ran in eight tries and secured the maximum number of log points against their Johannesburg opponents.

Unforced errors characterised Tuks’s play as they could only put Wits away in the final 20 minutes. The home side failed to assert its dominance in the line-out even with the return of captain Jono Ross from injury.

Baby Bok lock Paul Willemse scored Tuks’s first try with fly-half Willie du Plessis converting to allow Tuks an 8-0 lead.

Wits kept Tuks at bay for large parts of the first half, until Ross scored a well-worked try. Hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi followed in his captain’s wake after splitting Wits’s defence. Du Plessis failed to convert Ross’s try but managed to convert Mbonambi’s.

Basil Short sealed the four-try bonus point when he went over for his try in the 35th minute. Du Plessis was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt. Tuks went into half time with a 26-0 lead.

The second half proved to be better for the home team as replacement scrum-half Emile Temperman scored in the 62nd minute and lock Marvin Orie scored a try of his own. Temperman’s try was also the third “Pink Ball” try scored by Tuks during the game and so R30 000 will be donated to the Varsity Cup charities.

Flank Shaun Adendorff had the final say for Tuks as the Baby Bok scored two tries. Inside-centre Handre Pollard took over the kicking duties but was successful with only one of his two attempts.

“We will take the five points,” Tuks head coach Nollis Marais said, “but once again there were just too many mistakes, especially with our line-outs.”

Ross told Perdeby that, “It’s always good to be back in the side, especially when the boys are struggling.”

The win, coupled with FNB UJ’s loss to FNB NMMU in Port Elizabeth on the same day, has allowed Tuks to move back into second place on the Varsity Cup log.

Photos: Kobus Barnard and Reinhard Nell

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