After their defeat against Stellenbosch last week, NWU-Pukke stormed back to beat UCT 20-15 in their Varsity Cup rugby match in Potchefstroom last night.
In wet conditions, Pukke built up a handy 13-0 lead through a try by Elden Schoeman, plus a conversion and two penalties by Schalk Hugo.
The Ikeys struggled in slippery conditions but scored their first points shortly before halftime with a penalty by Lohan Lubbe.
Although they closed the gap to 13-6, Pukke’s Estehan Visagie crossed for their second try to make it 20-6.
In the 81st minute, Gary Porter scored a try which started in the Ikeys’ own half for a nine-pointer to make the final score 20-15.
University of Johannesburg scored their first win of the season when they defeated visitors UP-Tuks 18-17 in a nail-biting clash.
Flyhalves Divan Nel (UJ) and Tinus de Beer swopped two penalties each in the first half to leave the score deadlocked at 6-6 at the break.
As UJ gained in confidence, Nel kicked a further four penalties in the second half, to which De Beer replied with two penalties, making it 18-12 with 10 minutes remaining.
Reduced to 14 men when Wian Conradie was sent to the sin bin, UJ conceded a late try, but the conversion went wide to give them a thrilling one-point win.
After trailing 11-5 at the break, Maties scored four second half tries to beat a spirited Madibaz side 35-16 in windy conditions in Stellenbosch.
Playing with the wind in the first half, Madibaz put their opponents under pressure and a try just before halftime by Wynand Grassmann saw them take the lead.
However, after the break, Maties seized the advantage with tries by Ian Groenewald, Brendon Nell, Craig Barry and Michal Haznar.
Madibaz were dealt a massive blow with 10 minutes left when Stephanus Nieuwoudt and Henry Brown were both yellow-carded. That allowed Maties to score two tries in the final three minutes.
In a match delayed to Tuesday because of a waterlogged field, Shimlas returned to their winning ways with a 22-13 result over CUT Ixias.
Shimlas wing Marco Mason punished CUT for numerous infringements, kicking five penalties, as well as converting a try, for a personal tally of 17 points.
After leading 13-9 at halftime, CUT lost the territorial advantage in the second stanza and this allowed Shimlas to take control, scoring a vital try through fullback Setchaba Motswele.
The result puts Shimlas back among the top contenders, while the winless CUT Ixias outfit have plenty of questions to answer before they take on UJ on Monday.