UJ Earn Hard Fought Victory Over CUT

In a great match between UJ and CUT at the University of Johannesburg Stadium, fans came out in their numbers to hand the home side leverage over a stubborn  CUT side as  UJ won 48-21.

It was a nervy start from the Orange Army as  CUT made their intentions clear. They applied great pressure, making sure that they don’t play in their own half. Heinrich Bitzi had a great kicking game, managing to expose a lot space in the  UJ half.

CUT kicked a great penalty to put the Free State side ahead. Bitzi from CUT had another opportunity to make it 0-6 but that wasn’t the case. With  CUT not taking their chances, UJ made a break through the captain, Snyman, intercepting a pass from  CUT to score the first try for UJ. The fans were soon celebrating Snyman’s exceptional pace.

Overall it was a fairly contested and a real joy to watch. There were great moments from both teams – Heinrich Bitzi’s boot, Johannes Snyman’s pace – it was end-to-end stuff.

Just before the end of first half CUT received a yellow card, also missing an easy try through Heinrich Bitzi, and one could feel the momentum shifting. Jean-Luc Cilliers became clinical in front of the poles, the passing was smooth developing great combinations amongst the team.

In the second half  UJ came back guns blazing, aiming to win it for the fans. Mpofu Malembe showed great tenacity to cut through the  CUT defence and score an amazing solo try. With the spirits high, Ruan Brown registered another try to put the match out of reach, thanks to Jean-Luc Cilliers with the golden boot. Towards the end FNB UJ looked relaxed and steady, to seal the game 48-21.

FNB Player That Rocks: Jannes Snyman (UJ)


UJ: 48
Tries: Johannes Snyman, Mpofu Malembe, Ruan Brown, Thian Bradley, Jaco Fourie and Kiewit Cohen
Cons: Jean-Luc Cilliers (6)
Pens: Jean-Luc Cilliers

CUT: 21
Tries: Ruan Smit
Cons: Heinrich Bitzi (3)


 UJ: 15 Ronald Brown, 14 Tryreeq February, 13 Jan-Louis La Grange, 12 Jaco Fourie, 11 Tatendaishe Mujawo, 10 Jeanluc Cilliers, 09 Bradley Thain, 08 Wian Conradie, 07 Adrian Bester, 06 James Venter, 05 Estian Enslin, 04 Malembe Mpofu, 03 Nico Du Plessis, 02 Johannes Snyman, 01 Sibusiso Lali
Substitutes: 16 Hendrik van Schoor, 17 Bakos Dillion, 18 Landsberg Darrien-Lane, 19 Siyabonga Luwaca, 20 Johan Esterhuizen, 21 Austin Davids, 22 Van der Schyff Louis, 23 Cohen Kiewit

CUT: 15 Dimitrio Tieties, 14 Toolo Mosego, 13 Rasmus Breedt, 12 Heinrich Bitzi, 11 Dean Jacobs, 10 Denver Klue, 09 Ruben De Haas, 08 Gerhardus Nel, 07 Rayno Nel, 06 Ruan Smit, 05 Brendon Fortuin, 04 Sylvester Makakole, 03 Stefan Van Schalkwyk, 02 Tiaan Erasmus, 01 Quintin Vorster
Substitutes:16 Johannes Terblanche, 17 Raynard Esterhuizen, 18 LW Viljoen, 19 Isaih Bila, 20 Ame Van Resnburg, 21 Tisetso Madondela, 22 Massage Nkosi, 23 Johannes LP Heymans

Images © Luke Thorrold

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