FNB Wits registered their first ever win in the FNB Varsity Cup when they defeated CUT 43-3 in Johannesburg on Monday.
The home team made a flying start when wing Wandisile Simelane dived over in the corner to make it 7-0 before CUT responded with a 50m penalty from flyhalf Martin Jacobs.
However, Wits added a further 15 points to lead 22-3 at the break.
They continued their domination in the second half, crossing for three more tries to make it a night to remember.
UP-Tuks showed their class as they scored five tries to one to defeat NMMU-Madibaz 33-16 in Pretoria.
Both sides produced running rugby in the first half, but it was Tuks who had the greater success, running up a 21-3 lead by the break.
Madibaz got stuck in early in the second half as flyhalf Simon Bolze kicked a further two penalties. But Tuks reacted to that with a brace of tries by Manie Libbok to put the match out of reach.
The visitors kept trying and crossed for their only try by lock Gerrit Huisamen.
UCT produced one of their best performances in recent seasons when they defeated Shimlas 22-7 in Bloemfontein.
Playing in extremely wet conditions, UCT opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a try by centre Hendrik Lategaan to lead 7-0 at halftime.
The second half started with scrappy play by both teams before UCT stretched their lead to 12-0, only for Shimlas to hit back through wing Marco Mason to close the gap to 12-7.
However, a penalty by UCT fullback Lohan Lubbe made it 15-7, followed by brilliant solo try by wing Rayno Mapoe to complete the scoring.
Maties, who lost in last year’s final to NWU-Pukke, restored some pride when they beat the champions 31-9 in Stellenbosch.
The home side were on song from the start, leading 15-0 at the first strategy break and 18-9 at halftime.
A try in the 72nd minute by wing Edwill van der Merwe sealed the win for Maties as they won their second home game on the trot.