The tournament took place at the Pirates club and the Orange Army made up for last year’s final loss to UP-Tuks.
UJ captain Johan Esterhuizen said he was lost for words at the post-match interview.
“To be honest, it still feels a bit unreal,” he said following the tournament decider. “Last year we came second to Tuks so we really wanted to rectify that.
“I am really proud of the guys for the way they stuck to the task during the final and the whole tournament.”
Esterhuizen also paid tribute to their opponents, who never gave up trying despite not being able to get on the scoreboard.
“I want to thank the Maties team for their efforts – it was a very tough game in the final.”
Despite playing with six players early on, it was UJ who scored first when Musawenkosi Tshabalala broke through from close to his own 22-metre line and beat several defenders.
That was followed by a decisive moment when UJ crossed for a second try during a power play, putting them 15-0 ahead at the break.
Desperate to get back into the game, the Maties tried everything they could but were unable to crack the UJ defence.
With time running out, Odwa Nkunjana settled the matter when he side-stepped three Maties players in one of the tries of the tournament to take the score to 20-0.
Fittingly, Nkunjana was named FNB Player of the Tournament, which he described as a “great feeling”.
“I am very thankful at receiving this award and we are very excited to have won the tournament,” he said.