Much like a heavyweight boxing fight, these two teams utilised their big guns to try and pummel their opponents into submission, with little room for much flair. Flanker Johann van Niekerk, who was the FNB Player That Rocks in last year’s final, went over for the first score of the game before both teams had even settled down.

The rest of the half saw more of the same in terms of physicality but Munier Harzenberg managed to grab a try. Flyhalf Jordan Chait added the extras and at 12-0 the FNB Maties had a handy lead going into the break.

After the break it was more of the same for Van Niekerk as he went over for a seven-point try and suddenly the FNB Maties looked comfortable at 21-0.

This comfort was short lived as FNB UP-Tuks winger Dewald Naude went over in the left hand corner, before doing the same a few minutes later on the other side of the field. This two-try burst, combined with a conversion by flyhalf Tinus de Beer, saw the visitors narrow the gap to 21-12.

A huge moment in the final took place shortly thereafter as FNB UP-Tuks fullback Vaughen Isaacs was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on FNB Maties scrumhalf Brendon Nell.

The men in maroon made the numerical advantage count first courtesy of the boot of Chait before Harzenberg scored a superb try to clinch the title for the FNB Maties and secure him the Steers Kinging Moment award. Chait kicked the conversion and a penalty shortly thereafter, putting the final nail in the FNB UP-Tuks coffin.

The game saw the final appearance of stand-in captain Chris Massyn and he closed the book with a second FNB Varsity Cup title and the award as FNB Player That Rocks.

FNB Player That Rocks: Chris Massyn (Maties)

Steers Kinging Moment: Munier Harzenberg (Maties)


FNB Maties 34 - Tries: Johann van Niekerk (1x5, 1x7), Munier Harzenberg (2x5). Conversions: Jordan Chait (3). Penalty goals: Chait (2).

FNB UP-Tuks 12 - Tries: Dewald Naude (2). Conversion:Tinus de Beer.